Five schools in the city's West End were put on a brief lockdown the morning of Oct. 25 after someone called police about a man with a gun near the rear school yard of the Alameda Academy on Pacific Avenue, police said.
The man was seen at the corner of Buena Vista Avenue and Poggi Street and located a few blocks away at 5th Street and Lincoln Avenue, but he did not have a gun. He was cited on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia, however.
Police said the man's cell phone may have been mistaken for a gun.
The schools that were locked down were Island High School, Alternatives in Action, Woodstock Child Development Center, Nea Community Learning Center and the Alameda Academy.
Calls about the suspicious man came in about 9:47 p.m. The lockdown was lifted by 10 a.m. after police located the man and the caller identified him as the person she reported.
Officers also searched the nearby area but did not find any discarded firearm. No one was injured.
MONDAY, OCT. 21 OUTSTANDING WARRANT -- Police arrested a man, 28, just after midnight on Ballena Boulevard after a background check revealed that he was wanted on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant from the Modesto police. Officers initially contacted the man as a suspicious person because he was sitting in a parked car with another individual. BATTERY -- Police arrested a 32-year-old man on suspicion of battery after he allegedly punched a man during an argument inside a bar in the city's West End, causing the victim to fall to the floor and lose consciousness. The man was arrested about 1:35 a.m. after officers were dispatched to the bar and located him outside in the 1400 block of Webster Street. He also was allegedly carrying an illegal knife. Another man, 60, who was with him was arrested for public intoxication, police said. BURGLARY -- Someone attempted to break into a storage shed on Alameda Unified School District property in the 1900 block of Third Street before entering a classroom and again stealing items, police said. It was reported about 7:10 a.m. A burglary was also reported about 9:30 a.m. at the Children's Learning Center on Central Avenue, where someone entered through an unlocked window and stole items, police said.
PETTY THEFT -- Police arrested two female juveniles on suspicion of petty theft after they allegedly shoplifted merchandise from a business at Alameda South Shore Center. The name of the business and the ages of the girls was not immediately available. The arrests occurred about 12:35 p.m. IDENTITY THEFT -- A resident of the 300 block of Coral Reef Road told police about 2:05 p.m. that someone used their credit card information to purchase items in another state. VEHICLE THEFT -- A vehicle theft was reported about 6:40 p.m. in the 100 block of Biscay Bay, police said. Less than an hour later, police recovered a vehicle stolen in Castro Valley at the street's intersection with Baywalk Road. PETTY THEFT -- Someone stole a spare tire and its cover that was attached to the outside of a vehicle while it was parked in the 2300 block of Alameda South Shore Center. The theft was reported about 8:40 p.m. Police also said someone broke a window of a vehicle parked in the 2200 block of Mariner Square Loop and stole a laptop computer from inside. It was reported about 10 p.m.
TUESDAY, OCT. 22 PROBATION VIOLATION -- Officers investigating a disturbance about 2:30 a.m. on Oak Street arrested a 29-year-old man on suspicion of violating his probation. The man also faces a charge of violating his probation because he was outside after his curfew, police said. GRAND THEFT -- Someone stole a purse from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 200 block of Aughinbaugh Way. The theft was reported about 10:30 a.m. Police also said someone stole fuel from a vehicle in the 1300 block of Fernside Boulevard in what investigators have classified as a petty theft. It was reported about 12:45 p.m. VEHICLE THEFT -- A vehicle theft was reported about 2:05 p.m. from a parking lot in the 2400 block of Shoreline Drive.