On Sept. 10, the Blythe Police Department (BPD) incident and activity reports for the months of July and August 2019 showed increases in the categories of petty theft (16 to 26, respectively); traffic collision – non-injury (2 to 7), hit and run (6 to 10), and injury (0 to 4); and shopliftings (8 to 12).
Slight upticks were also reported by BPD in the categories of vehicle burglaries (6 to 9), commercial burglaries (3 to 5), and driving under the influence (0 to 3).
Petty theft saw the most increase difference with 10 more incidents. Petty theft, along with trespassing, had the most reported incidents at 26 each for the month of August.
To date, BPD’s submitted monthly domestic violence incident report numbers total 67 in 2019.
The total number of incidents reported by BPD for the month of August was 1,548, a four-incident increase from July (1,544).
To close the month out, an unfortunate incident involving farming equipment and property damage struck a residential neighborhood in east Blythe on Aug. 30.
“On (Aug. 30,) at about 12:46 p.m. Blythe Police Dispatch received several 911 calls in reference to a tractor colliding with several vehicles in the area of East Avenue A and East Avenue B,” stated BPD’s official social media page. “The 911 caller told Dispatch the tractor appeared to be a green ‘Swather’ that caused the damage and left the area northbound on North 8th St. When Officers arrived in the area they found that several vehicles on East Avenue A and two vehicles on East Avenue B had collision damage. Officers from the Blythe Police Department scoured the area and were unable to locate the tractor.”
According to the post, BPD noted the suspect was wearing a long sleeve orange shirt.
“Shortly before 4 p.m., the Blythe Police Department received information that led to the identification of the suspect and the suspect vehicle. The suspect was contacted by Blythe police officers. The Blythe Police Department would like to thank each and every member of the public who called with information in regards to this case,” stated BPD.
Non-emergency calls into BPD can be made to (760) 922-6111; or visit Blythe police headquarters at: 240 N. Spring St.
(Note: The July and August 2019 incident and activity numbers do not include those of the Blythe station California Highway Patrol [CHP]; the Colorado River Station – Riverside County Sheriff’s Department; or U.S. Border Patrol.)