Alameda police say that they have recently received reports of cell phone thefts in which a suspect asks to borrow a victim's phone to make a call, then flees with the phone after receiving it.

Along with wanting to make people aware of the ruse, police are reminding people to make sure their phones are protected for other types of theft, including never leaving them unattended in a public place such as a cafe, library, bar or restaurant or in plain view inside a vehicle, even when it is locked.

For more information or safety tips, call the Alameda police at 510-337-8305.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16

  • RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY -- Computers and gaming systems were stolen during a burglary reported at 1:40 p.m. in the 1300 block of Sherman Street, police said. An attempted burglary was also reported about 5:15 p.m. in the 2000 block of San Antonio Avenue, where someone cut a window screen but did not enter the residence.

  • VEHICLE THEFT -- A vehicle was reported stolen just before 2 p.m. in the 1700 block of Shoreline Drive.

    THURSDAY, APRIL 17

  • DRUNKEN DRIVING -- A woman, 22, who admitted she was involved in a traffic collision and fleeing the accident scene was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, police said. The woman allegedly failed field sobriety tests before she was arrested about 2:30 a.m. in the 2200 block of Buena Vista Avenue.


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    FRIDAY, APRIL 18

  • ROBBERY -- A robbery was reported about 12:40 a.m. in the 500 block of Santa Clara Avenue, where police said two suspects repeatedly punched a victim in his head and back before fleeing with his cell phone.

  • DRUG POSSESSION -- A 43-year-old man whom officers contacted because he was standing in front of a business where they were investigating what activated an alarm was arrested after he was found in possession of suspected methamphetamine, police said. The arrest occurred about 1:20 a.m. in the 1200 block of Park Street.

  • AUTO BURGLARY -- Police arrested a juvenile about 12:40 a.m. at Diapian Bay and Baywalk Road after a witness reported that he had allegedly tried to break into a vehicle. The juvenile, who admitted the attempt, also faces a charge of possessing burglary tools, police said.

  • VEHICLE THEFT -- A vehicle was reported stolen just before 10 a.m. in the 400 block of Buena Vista Avenue.

  • DRUG PARAPHERNALIA -- A 27-year-old man whom officers recognized as someone on probation was arrested after he was found in possession of suspected drug paraphernalia, police said. His probation conditions allowed police to search the man after he was detained in the 1500 block of Webster Street.

  • DRUNKEN DRIVING -- Police arrested a man, 46, on suspicion of drunken driving about 9:45 p.m. in the 2000 block of Webster Street.

    SATURDAY, APRIL 19

  • DRUNKEN DRIVING -- Police arrested a 25-year-old man on suspicion of drunken driving about 12:15 a.m. at Lincoln Avenue and Webster Street. Another man, 26, was arrested for the same offense about 2:50 a.m. in the 500 block of Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway. A 76-year-old woman was also arrested on suspicion of drunken driving about 11:10 p.m. after she was allegedly involved in hit-and-run collisions with the three parked vehicles. The woman, who was arrested at Grand Street and Pacific Avenue, was booked at Santa Rita Jail.

  • OUTSTANDING WARRANT -- A man, 33, whom officers initially contacted in connection with a suspicious vehicle was arrested after he allegedly lied about being on probation and a background check revealed that he was wanted on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant. The arrest occurred about 6:20 p.m. on Blanding Avenue.

    SUNDAY, APRIL 20

  • DRUNKEN DRIVING -- Police arrested a man, 24, on suspicion of drunken driving after a traffic stop about 2:15 a.m. in the 1500 block of Park Street. Another man, 27, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving during a traffic stop about 10:25 p.m. at Lincoln Avenue and Webster Street.

  • COMMERCIAL BURGLARY -- A woman, 43, and a 57-year-old man who shoplifted merchandise from Safeway at Alameda South Shore Center, each face a burglary charge, police said. The woman, who concealed the items in a shoulder bag, was also booked on suspicion of possessing burglary tools and violating her probation, police said. The man, who was also in possession of a glass narcotics pipe, hid merchandise under his clothes, police said. The couple were arrested at 7:55 a.m.