Modesto police let phone ring

07/04/2013 5:37 PM

07/04/2013 5:38 PM

I'm a senior citizen on fixed income, with a disabled wife. When I rose Thursday morning I discovered someone had come onto my patio and stolen my bicycle. It was my only transportation. I called the police to report it, as it's distinctive-looking and might have been found if I could have gotten the word out in a timely way.

Know what? The Modesto Police Department doesn't answer its phone. I called both the northeast substation and the downtown station. You can't even make a police report. I guess that's one way to keep crime statistics down.

DAVID LAMBERT

Modesto

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