Meet serial criminal Joseph Hammett – he’ll be out on bail in your neighborhood before you know it!

2 Oct
Below is the story of a serial criminal,  a guy who has a history of petty crimes in our town, but is still running around loose, committing more crimes. The first story, posted the other day in the Enterprise Record:
Man arrested after car, foot chase

Chico >> Items stolen from two vehicles in Chico were found after a Butte County Sheriff deputy detained a man and a woman early Tuesday morning.

Deputy Josh Brazzi was patrolling an area in west Chico around 3 a.m. when he spotted a white Honda Civic speeding in the Dayton Road and Pomona Avenue area, according to a press release.

The vehicle sped into an apartment complex at 851 Pomona Ave., and the male driver and female passenger ran from the vehicle.

Brazzi was able to detain both subjects after a brief foot chase, and later found items in the Honda reportedly stolen from two vehicles earlier in the evening, including a surveying laser worth about $3,500.

Driver Joseph Hammett, 24, was booked into Butte County Jail on charges of burglary, possession of stolen property and driving on a suspended license. He was out on bail for vehicle theft.

The female passenger was interviewed and released.

Notice it says, “He was out on bail for vehicle theft.”

vehicle theft” usually means, he stole a car. Stealing from a car is called “vehicle burglary.”   Stealing a car would usually be a felony, simply because of the dollar value of the car. Why this man would be out on parole after his history is beyond me. Here’s a court filing regarding similar a similar charge from 2013.

http://www.courts.ca.gov/opinions/nonpub/C075371.PDF

On August 30, 2013, a Chico police officer observed defendant Joseph Eugene Hammett, whom the officer knew to be on parole. After conducting a parole search, the officer ran a records check which revealed that the bicycle in defendant’s possession had been reported stolen.1 1 Because the matter was resolved by plea, our statement of facts is taken from the probation officer’s report.

Defendant pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property. (Pen. Code, § 496, subd. (a).) In exchange, a prior prison term allegation (id., § 667.5, subd. (b)) was dismissed with a Harvey waiver.2 Defendant was sentenced to county jail (Pen. Code, § 1170, subd. (h)(1), (2)) for the upper term of three years, awarded 52 days of custody credits and 52 days of conduct credits (id., § 4019), ordered to make restitution to the victim, and ordered to pay a $280 restitution fine (id., § 1202.4), a $40 court operations fee (id., § 1465.8, subd. (a)(1)), and a $30 court facilities assessment (Gov. Code, § 70373). We appointed counsel to represent defendant on appeal. Counsel filed an opening brief that sets forth the facts of the case and requests this court to review the record and determine whether there are any arguable issues on appeal. (People v. Wende (1979) 25 Cal.3d 436.) Defendant was advised by counsel of the right to file a supplemental brief within 30 days of the date of filing of the opening brief. More than 30 days have elapsed, and we have received no communication from defendant. Having undertaken an examination of the entire record, we find no arguable error that would result in a disposition more favorable to defendant. DISPOSITION The judgment is affirmed.

Notice, right in the beginning, it says, he was already on parole at the time of this incident.

Why are serial criminals walking our streets, committing new crimes? 

Reading over this report, I see the district attorney isn’t really taking these people seriously. My husband recently got BUSTED! He was taking a load to the dump without a tarp over it, and there was a CHP officer with a very satisfied smile on his face waiting along Neal Road. That’s right Honey, it was a TARP STING!

We got the ticket the other day – 200 fucking dollars. For not having a tarp over a load of old bicycle parts and other junk. He had an old hockey net tied over the top, thinking, they just wanted you to tie it down. No, CHP said, it had to be a tarp!  $200 fucking dollars!

But this guy is out stealing bikes, breaking into cars, stealing cars – and he gets out with about a $300 slap on the wrist.

Old Yiddish Proverb: When the fish stinks, it’s the head of the fish that stinks. We have a many-headed fish in Butte County, starting with the county board of supervisors, and including our CAO, our DA, and our city council, city managers, and police chief. 

And, I love that “0 comments” on the article – where’s Rick Clements? Where’s dbski4it? Where’s the outrage? 

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8 Responses to “Meet serial criminal Joseph Hammett – he’ll be out on bail in your neighborhood before you know it!”

  1. publius October 2, 2015 at 6:09 pm #

    https://www.newsreview.com/chico/faulty-coplogic/content?oid=18490550

    I firmly believe the cops are only interested in crimes which generate funds, ie tarp tickets. One ticket = $200 bucks back into the system.

    • Juanita Sumner October 3, 2015 at 7:41 am #

      Yes, we have Mutiny on the Bounty here. Similar incidents of insubordination have happened under almost every chief we’ve had. Efford was bold enough to say they wouldn’t answer any calls until they got the raises they were stumping for – maybe you remember a vandalism incident up at Cal Park, involving a corrosive that was poured on cars in driveways all down several streets, at around 7am. One guy had started his car and gone back into the house to get a cup of coffee – came out to find this corrosive had been poured not only on his car but several of his neighbors. When he called it is very likely the perps were still cruising the neighborhood, being as other cars were apparently vandalized after this car. But Chico PD said at that time they were understaffed and underpaid and would not investigate.

  2. bob October 2, 2015 at 7:00 pm #

    Regarding that serial criminal, you must remember the police are under no obligation to protect you or your property from him or anyone else. As outrageous as that seems that’s the way it is.

    http://www.copblock.org/27067/police-have-no-duty-to-protect-you/

    You must pay their salaries, pensions and benefits and do everything they tell you. If you lie to them you can go to prison but they can lie to you with impunity.

    And if they do catch a criminal who injured you or your property the system will do little or nothing to make you whole again. The number one priority of the criminal justice system should be to make victims whole but that is not what happens.

    I’ve had various items stolen from me the last couple of years and the police have been useless. It got to the point where the only reason I even wasted my time dealing with them was to get police reports so I could file insurance claims. And of course all of that is done at their damn web site. They don’t bother coming out and don’t even want to talk to you on the phone.

    Just look at how useless they are

    https://www.newsreview.com/chico/faulty-coplogic/content?oid=18490550

    This is just one example. There was a letter to the snooze this week with another example.

    Yet we are going to have to pay even more in sales tax for these trough feeders so that they can walk away from their jobs multi-millionaires when you factor in their pensions, benefits and salaries that they receive while supposedly working for us.

    The Chico Enterprise Wretched had a puff piece on them this week. We will get more propaganda in coming months so they can get that sales tax increase passed.

    • Juanita Sumner October 3, 2015 at 7:48 am #

      Thanks for that link, interesting website.

      I guess I’m relieved that the website will suffice for insurance needs – really? Not that I’m worried about reporting stolen stuff.

      Who would you call to report you just shot somebody?

  3. bob October 2, 2015 at 7:03 pm #

    $200 fine? Well somebody’s gotta pay those six figure salaries and pensions.

    And it will cost you more because now you have to buy a tarp you don’t need if you want to haul things to the dump that could be adequately secured with netting that you already have.

  4. bob October 2, 2015 at 7:10 pm #

    You had asked earlier about AB32? No it did not get repealed but the follow on legislation which is AB32 on steroids did not pass.

    However Brown is going to play dictator and force it on us anyway with an executive order.

    You think it is expensive to live in this state now? Just wait until Brown’s dictates take effect.

    It’s a Brown Clown state and we are just visitors. Jerry will what he wants.

  5. esme hammett February 9, 2017 at 6:11 pm #

    Thats f*** up. Talking shit about my older brother. Nothing better to do than talk crap. Look at ur own lives i aint perfect eithet get that straight . Bye the way im his little sister

    • Juanita Sumner February 10, 2017 at 5:10 am #

      I’ll tell you what’s fucked up – working hard, living in your means, and having to support people who don’t contribute anything.

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