By JOHN MILLER/Winters Police Chief
Thanks to alert Winters residents, two separate incidents over the weekend resulted in the arrests of three people for felony charges.
On Friday, Jan. 26, at approximately 10:53 a.m., a resident saw a male and female in and around a black 1996 Honda Accord parked in the 600 block of Foxglove Circle. The resident called the Winters Police Department after the subjects walked away and left the vehicle behind but provided a detailed description of both.
Responding officers found that the Honda had been reported stolen from Woodland earlier in the day and an area check failed to locate the subjects.
At approximately 3:35 p.m., officers saw a male and female matching the description given earlier walking on Railroad Avenue near Grant Avenue. Officers detained the subjects, and the witness from earlier positively identified both subjects.
Officers arrested Tony Deweese, Jr., 37, and Lizbeth Sandoval, 25, both residents of Woodland. Property belonging to the Honda’s owner was found in Deweese’s possession and property recovered from the Honda was identified as belonging to Deweese and Sandoval. Deweese and Sandoval were booked at Yolo County Jail for stealing the vehicle and being in possession of stolen property.
On Sunday, Jan. 28, at approximately 9:29 p.m., a resident reported to the police department that a subject had entered their vehicle parked in the 20 block of E. Edwards Street. The subject ran as soon as he saw the resident but the resident provided a detailed description of the subject.
The resident advised officers that their vehicle had been locked. The officers determined that the vehicle was forcibly entered by “jimmying” the lock. The resident also found that $60 in cash was taken from their belongings inside the vehicle.
Officers conducted follow-up investigation and determined a possible suspect was Richard “Rick” Cooper, a 60-year-old transient living in his vehicle in Winters. The officers contacted Cooper, who was found to match the description of the subject, and the resident subsequently positively identified Cooper. Unfortunately, the property was not recovered, but Cooper was arrested and booked in Yolo County Jail for vehicle burglary.
Making Winters a safe community is truly a partnership between the Winters Police Department and our residents. The successful outcome of both these incidents illustrates how critical it is for our residents to be alert, promptly report suspicious activity to their Police Department, and be willing to be involved in the investigation.
The Winters Police Department Dispatch Center can be reached 24/7 at 530-795-4561 or by dialing 911 in an emergency.