A man suspected of stealing a car Jan. 28 on Fernside Boulevard was arrested less than an hour later in East Oakland, where police said he was caught exiting a home that he had just burglarized.
Chantha Koug, 24, of Oakland was arrested at the rear of the house in the 2400 block of 12th Avenue, while the cream 1998 Toyota Avalon stolen in Alameda was found parked nearby, police said, Investigators believe an accomplice of Koug, who is also known as Tony Iem, likely escaped from the scene, despite an extensive search using a police dog.
The 86-year-old woman who owns the Toyota told Alameda police that the theft occurred about noon, just after she had gotten out of the car to move her garbage and recycling bins. The key was in the ignition and the thief, who was passing and spotted the car, climbed into the driver's seat and sped off.
The woman's home is on Fernside Boulevard near the High Street Bridge, linking Oakland and Alameda. As Alameda officers were investigating the theft, Oakland police were dispatched about a burglary in the 2400 block of 12th Avenue after receiving calls about 12:45 p.m. from nearby residents.
Oakland police Cmdr. Rick Orozco and Officer Dana Ly arrested Koug as he was allegedly exiting the house. Koug faces burglary and vehicle theft charges and is being held in lieu of $130,000 bail. Police believed a second burglar was still inside when Koug was taken into custody, but no one was found.
Orozco said police were able to arrive at the residence before anything was stolen. The daughter of the Alameda victim, who was not hurt during the incident, said property connected with Koug or possibly his accomplice was found inside her mother's car.
"Alameda police did a great job," said the woman's daughter, who asked that her name not be disclosed. "So did the Oakland police."
THURSDAY, JAN. 30 VEHICLE THEFT -- A vehicle was reported stolen about 12:55 p.m. in the 700 block of Haight Avenue. DRUG POSSESSION -- Police arrested a cyclist, 39, after she was allegedly found with methamphetamine and a hydrocodone pill in the 2000 block of Pacific Avenue. An officer initially detained the woman, who was also wanted on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant and arrested at 10:40 p.m., after recognizing her and knowing she was on probation. ROBBERY -- A robbery was reported about 11:15 p.m. in the 2600 block of Calhoun Street.
FRIDAY, JAN. 31 VEHICLE THEFT -- A vehicle was reported stolen just before 4 p.m. in the 1400 block of High Street. DRUG POSSESSION -- Police arrested a cyclist, 58, on suspicion of narcotics possession after he was allegedly found with suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop at Park Street and San Antonio Avenue. The man was also accused of violating his probation, which stems from a conviction for identity theft. The stop happened just after 7 p.m.
SATURDAY, FEB. 1 BURGLARY -- Police arrested a man, 31, as he was fleeing the scene after he allegedly climbed a fence into a locked storage area and stole a bicycle. The man, who was arrested at 12:05 a.m. in the 2400 block of Mariner Square Drive, had a methamphetamine pipe and faces charges of violating his probation and possessing burglary tools because he was carrying bolt cutters, police said. COUNTERFEIT MONEY -- Someone used a counterfeit $10 bill while trying to buy gas at Alameda South Shore Center. The individual fled the scene, leaving the fake note behind. It was reported at 4:25 p.m. DRUG POSSESSION -- A traffic stop in the 2400 block of Santa Clara Avenue about 8:50 p.m. led to the arrest of the 23-year-old driver after he was found in possession of suspected marijuana and cocaine, police said. The man was also allegedly driving on a suspended license. His passenger, 22, was arrested after a background check revealed that he was wanted on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant.
SUNDAY, FEB. 2 BATTERY -- A 25-year-old man faces a battery charge after he allegedly assaulted a patron at a bar in the 1500 block of Park Street. The victim placed the man under citizen's arrest about 1:10 a.m. Police also arrested two other men, who are ages 23 and 29, on suspicion of public intoxication after officers said they interfered with the investigation. VEHICLE THEFT -- A vehicle was reported stolen about 8:50 a.m. in the 500 block of Taylor Avenue. DRUNKEN DRIVING -- Police arrested a woman, 50, on suspicion of drunken driving after a traffic stop about 4:25 p.m. in the 300 block of Court Street. The woman was booked at Santa Rita Jail.