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  • Public asked to help identify suspect

    TPD|Dec 9, 2023

    On Nov. 30, between the hours of 12:30-4:30 a.m., an unknown Hispanic male suspect stole thousands of dollars in tools from work trucks parked in two separate residential driveways and two additional work trucks parked in a local hotel parking lot. Over $18,000 in commercial and industrial tools were stolen from four work trucks. The suspect occupied a newer model white Chevrolet Traverse with black rims. The Tehachapi Police Department Investigations Unit is seeking information as to the...

  • Public assistance requested to identify suspects

    TPD|Sep 2, 2023

    Detectives with the Tehachapi Police Department are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the male and female suspects pictured below. On Thursday, Aug. 24, the suspects stole electric tools from The Home Depot and Video Entertainment equipment from WalMart. The suspects fled Tehachapi in a late model white Hyundai sedan, which was displaying false license plates. The suspects changed the license plates between thefts. The male suspect was wearing a dark colored t-shirt, blue jeans,...

  • Holiday patrol

    TPD|Dec 3, 2022

    The Tehachapi Police Department will be increasing police patrols at all Tehachapi shopping areas during the holiday season. The increased patrols began Nov. 23 and are intended to keep shoppers safe and to target incidents of retail theft in and around our shopping centers. Officers will be patrolling the local shopping areas throughout Tehachapi as part of a proactive approach designed to reduce crime and increase visibility. It is not uncommon to see a rise in retail crimes during this time...

  • Fatal traffic collision

    TPD|Oct 29, 2022

    At approximately 4 p.m. on Oct. 24, officers from the Tehachapi Police Department were dispatched to a call of a traffic collision in the 500 Block of Tucker Road. Officers arrived at the location and discovered a male juvenile bicyclist had been struck by a pickup truck which was exiting a parking lot onto northbound Tucker Road. The juvenile suffered significant trauma and was transported to Tehachapi Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. The investigation indicates the juvenile...

  • Prescription drug Take Back Day

    TPD|Oct 29, 2022

    On Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Tehachapi Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will provide the public the opportunity to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your tablets, capsules, patches and other solid forms of prescription drugs for disposal to the Tehachapi Police Department at 220 W. C St. Liquids (including intravenous solutions),...

  • 2022 Law Enforcement Torch Run – Special Olympics, Oct. 27

    TPD|Oct 15, 2022

    The Tehachapi Police Department has once again joined in with Special Olympics Southern California to host Tehachapi's 2022 Law Enforcement Torch Run. Please join us by walking or running to help us celebrate inclusion, spread awareness and raise funds for our local Special Olympics Athletes in Kern County! The event will be held at Centennial Plaza on South Green Street in Downtown Tehachapi on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 10 a.m. It would mean a lot to the athletes and their coaches to have police...

  • Grand theft suspects arrested

    TPD|Oct 15, 2022

    On Oct. 2 at approximately 3 a.m., an officer from the Tehachapi Police Department was patrolling the parking lot of The Home Depot store located in the 500 Block of North Mill Street. The officer observed a pickup truck driving from the rear of the business with the headlights off and immediately saw what appeared to be several sheets of plywood in the open bed of the pickup truck. The vehicle exited The Home Depot parking lot and accelerated rapidly onto the eastbound Highway 58 on-ramp. As...

  • Juvenile arrested for criminal threats

    TPD|Jun 11, 2022

    On May 31, at approximately 7:15 a.m., the Tehachapi Police Department was notified by Tehachapi Unified School District personnel of a potential threat toward an unidentified school campus. School personnel indicated a male juvenile had made a post on a social media platform indicating he looked like he was going to pull a school shooting. The juvenile was not a student in the Tehachapi Unified School District but was found to be a resident in the Tehachapi area. Officers from the Tehachapi...

  • Catalytic converter theft arrests

    TPD|May 28, 2022

    On May 17 at approximately 1 a.m., officers with the Tehachapi Police Department conducted a traffic enforcement stop on a vehicle for equipment violations on West Valley Boulevard near the intersection with Griffin Street. Almost simultaneously, the Tehachapi Police Communications Center advised of a theft of a catalytic converter that had just occurred in the 900 block of Mulberry Street. Witnesses reported the vehicle, a silver Saturn Vue, was last seen westbound on Cherry Lane. The officer...

  • #9PM Routine

    TPD|Apr 2, 2022

    As we continue to experience an increase in auto thefts and other property crimes occurring in the City of Tehachapi, we are requesting the public’s assistance. It is no secret that criminals look for easy or tempting opportunities to commit a crime. Many of the crimes occurring in Tehachapi are crimes of opportunity. Thefts of property from vehicles and stolen vehicles frequently occur because of vehicles being left unlocked or unattended with the keys in the ignition or readily accessible. C...

  • Chief Kent Kroeger to remain chief of police

    TPD|Feb 19, 2022

    After careful consideration, Tehachapi Police Chief Kent Kroeger has rescinded his retirement and will remain chief of police in Tehachapi, a post he has held since 2014. Kroeger had initially announced his retirement in December of last year. The City of Tehachapi hired a consultant to conduct a national search for his replacement and while several qualified candidates applied, the challenges surrounding the law enforcement profession were apparent during the search process. "After careful...

  • Tehachapi's 2021 crime statistics

    TPD|Feb 5, 2022

    The Tehachapi Police Department has completed a review and analysis of the crime statistics for 2021 revealing an 11.5% reduction in Part I crimes from 2020. Part I crimes as defined by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are: criminal homicide, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny theft, grand theft auto, and arson. In 2021, total Part I crimes reported/known were 360, an 11.5% reduction from 407 Part I crimes in 2020. The 360 Part I crimes in 2021 also represent...

  • Prescription Drug Take Back Day

    TPD|Apr 24, 2021

    On Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Tehachapi Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will allow the public the opportunity to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your tablets, capsules, patches and other solid forms of prescription drugs for disposal to the Tehachapi Police Department at 220 W. C St. Liquids (including intravenous solutions), syringes, sharps and illegal drugs will not be accepted....

  • Grand theft investigation, search warrants served

    TPD|Apr 10, 2021

    The Tehachapi Police Department received a report of a grand theft involving the fraudulent use of credit cards to purchase several thousand dollars of electrical tools used for high-voltage line repair and clothing from a company in Atascadero, California. These items were shipped to a residence in the City of Tehachapi. An additional order for several thousand dollars of tools was placed with the same company in Atascadero with a requested shipping address of a different residence in the City...

  • Attempted grand theft investigation (catalytic converter)

    TPD|Mar 13, 2021

    On March 4 at about 9:20 a.m., two suspects attempted to steal a catalytic converter from a vehicle parked near the intersection of Tucker Road and Cherry Lane. A passerby observed one suspect under a van attempting to remove the catalytic converter with a handheld saw. A second suspect was standing to the side and appeared to be acting as a lookout. The passerby confronted the two suspects who then fled the location in a vehicle. Suspect No. 1 is described as a male Hispanic approximately 20...