El Cerrito police log: Thieves take phone store display units; man robbed during Craigslist transaction; burglars dressed as workers strike residence
07/17/2013 01:52:46 PM PDT
07/17/2013 01:52:46 PM PDT
MONDAY, JULY 1 FRAUD -- At 10:55 a.m., police arrested a San Pablo man, 21, and a San Francisco man, 28, for possession of stolen property and a counterfeit bill after a traffic enforcement stop near Denny's in the 11300 block of San Pablo Avenue. The suspects were cited for providing false names to police to cover up that they both had outstanding warrants. THEFT FROM AUTO -- Someone broke a window on a Ford pickup in the 1500 block of Lexington Avenue and stole undisclosed items.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 3 COMMERCIAL CRIME -- Two men entered T-Mobile, 3030 El Cerrito Plaza, cut the security cords to two high-end Samsung phones, fleeing with them in a burgundy, 1990s model Buick Le Sabre. DUI -- A Richmond man, 59, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol after a traffic enforcement stop near Denny's. He was on probation for a prior DUI. POSSESSION -- At 11:04 p.m., two San Francisco women, both 26, were arrested for possession of suspected methamphetamine after a vehicle check near Potrero Avenue and South 55th Street. The driver was also arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle and her passenger was arrested for an outstanding warrant. ROBBERY -- At 10:20 a.m., a man who came to an arranged meeting to complete a Craigslist transaction in the 5300 block of Potrero Avenue was robbed of his personal belongings by three men, two armed. THEFT FROM RESIDENCE -- The front door of a home in the 700 block of Lexington Avenue was forced open and miscellaneous items were stolen. Someone tried unsuccessfully to enter a locked detached garage of a home in the 3200 block of Yosemite Avenue.
THURSDAY, JULY 4 POSSESSION -- At 3:35 p.m., police arrested a Richmond man, 52, for possession of suspected methamphetamine and an outstanding warrant.
FRIDAY, JULY 5 FRAUD -- Someone stole outgoing mail from a residential mailbox on Ridgeway Drive and reportedly altered a check and tried unsuccessfully to cash it at a few days later at a Walnut Creek check cashing store. POSSESSION -- A youth lost control of his bicycle on a gravel BART path at San Pablo Avenue while trying to evade police. He was found in possession of a suspected amphetamine pill. He was released to his parents. RECOVERED AUTO -- Police located a 1990 Honda Civic in the 1700 block of Liberty Street reported stolen in Clearlake on June 29. THEFT -- A 58-year-old Oakland man on parole for theft was arrested after he was detained by a security officer for reportedly stealing laundry detergent from a store at El Cerrito Plaza.
SATURDAY, JULY 6 DUI -- Police pulled over and arrested a Richmond woman, 29, on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol near Plumas and San Pablo avenues. An Antioch man, 25, was arrested for violating the terms of his parole for a DUI violation after a traffic enforcement stop at Kearney Street and Waldo Avenue. SHOPLIFTING -- A Richmond woman, 32, with an extensive history of theft and parole violations, was arrested after reportedly concealing an estimated $120 worth of unpurchased merchandise from Safeway, 11450 San Pablo Ave.
SUNDAY, JULY 7 RECOVERED AUTO -- Police went in pursuit of a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Arlington Boulevard. The motorist abandoned the vehicle in the 2600 block of Tamalpais Avenue and fled on foot. The vehicle, reported stolen June 23 in Richmond, contained many pieces of mail, checks, personal information and possible stolen property. The investigation is ongoing.
MONDAY, JULY 8 THEFT FROM RESIDENCE -- At 1:25 p.m., a man returned to his home in the 2600 block of Mira Vista Drive and saw a dark blue, older model Ford Windstar minivan in front of his house, then observed two men, wearing bright orange construction vests and surgical masks, fleeing in the waiting vehicle. Someone entered a home through an office window in the 6500 block of Alta Vista Drive and moderately ransacked the interior. Nothing was reported missing.
TUESDAY, JULY 9 DUI -- Police pulled over a Richmond man, 38, at 3:06 a.m. at Cutting Boulevard and San Pablo Avenue on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. STOLEN AUTO -- A man reported to police that at 4:10 a.m. he heard someone turn over the ignition of his car in the 600 block of Norvell Street and then drive away. THEFT -- At 9:07 p.m., someone entered AT&T, 4010 El Cerrito Plaza, forcibly removed a display phone from its security cable and fled on foot. An Oakland man, 52, on parole for theft, was arrested for stealing assorted items from CVS, 670 El Cerrito Plaza. THEFT FROM RESIDENCE -- A kitchen window screen was cut open to enter a home in the 6300 block of Lagunitas Avenue and steal several checkbooks and miscellaneous items without waking up an elderly resident. Another resident returned home and saw a woman sitting in a white four-door sedan in front of the driveway. The driver left before the residents realized they had been burglarized.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 10 COMMERCIAL CRIME -- At 10:31 p.m., police responded to an activated alarm at Red Onion, 11900 block of San Pablo Avenue. Someone had broken a front window and stole change from the counter. POSSESSION -- Several squatters took possession of a home that was vacant while its residents have been living in Taiwan for several years. Police discovered the occupation after code enforcement responded to a call of excessive garbage alongside the home. Legal action is underway for their eviction from the property near Barrett and Monte Vista avenues. During the investigation, one of the squatters was arrested for possession of a switchblade. THEFT -- A San Pablo woman, 56, with multiple theft convictions, was arrested for shoplifting after she reportedly stole items, concealed them in her purse and left without paying at Safeway. The items were recovered by store security.
THURSDAY, JULY 11 THEFT FROM RESIDENCE -- Someone pried open rear windows at a home in the 5700 block of Charles Avenue, ransacked the interior and stole jewelry and electronics.
-- Jennifer Shaw