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3 Hondas Stolen, Alleged Shoplifter Nabbed, Bat Brandished at Gas Station

The El Cerrito Police Blotter for Dec. 31-Jan. 3 includes three Hondas stolen, 2 stolen Hondas recovered, a home break-in through an unlocked window, an arrest at Safeway for alleged shoplifting and a road rage incident with a baseball bat.

Editor's note: the El Cerrito Police Blotter below is provided by the El Cerrito police department.

December 31, 2012 

Auto Burglary – Parking Lot of Macaroni Grill, 8000 El Cerrito Plaza 
Officer Elder reports an unknown suspect broke the rear passenger window to the victim’s Chevy Equinox and removed a purse from inside of the passenger compartment sometime between 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm. 

Vandalism – Parking Lot of Macaroni Grill, 8000 El Cerrito Plaza 
Officer Elder reports an unknown suspect broke the rear passenger window to the victim’s Toyota Matrix sometime between 8:10 pm and 8:50 pm but did not remove any property from the vehicle. 

January 1, 2013 

Stolen Vehicle – Colusa Avenue and Hotchkiss Avenue 
Officer Jacala reports an unknown suspect stole the victim’s 1991 Honda Accord sometime between December 31 at 4:15 pm and January 1 at 12:00 pm. 

Driving Under the Influence – San Pablo Avenue and Panama Avenue 
Officer Elder conducted a traffic enforcement stop at 2:15 am and arrested the 46-year-old female driver from Hercules for DUI. The woman was booked at the El Cerrito Police Department and released with a citation to a sober friend. 

Driving Under the Influence – San Pablo Avenue and Moeser Lane 
Sgt. Caputo conducted a traffic enforcement stop at 4:24 am and arrested the 23-year-old male driver from Berkeley for DUI. The man was booked at the El Cerrito Police Department and released with a citation to a sober friend. 

Stolen Vehicle – Parking lot of Lucky’s Supermarket, 1000 El Cerrito Plaza 
Cpl. Tang reports an unknown suspect stole the victim’s 1997 Honda Accord from the parking lot while the victim was inside shopping. 

Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance – Fairmount Avenue and Liberty Street 
Officer Elder contacted a suspicious subject and suspected that he was under the influence of a controlled substance. The 48-year-old man from Richmond was booked at the El Cerrito Police Department and released with a citation. 

Warrant Arrest – San Pablo Avenue and Eastshore Blvd. 
Officer Thepkaysone conducted a traffic enforcement stop and arrested a male passenger for an outstanding warrant for DUI from El Cerrito. The man was booked at the El Cerrito Police Department and released with a citation. 

January 2, 2013 

Stolen Vehicle / Recovered Vehicle – 7200 block of Lincoln Avenue 
Officer Jacala reports an unknown suspect stole the victim’s 1993 Honda Civic while it was parked overnight. While investigating this case, Officer Jacala located a parked 1997 Honda Accord, which was reported stolen to El Cerrito Police one day earlier. 

Recovered Stolen Vehicle – Parking Lot of Ross Clothing, 2000 El Cerrito Plaza 
Officer Thepkaysone recovered a 1991 Honda Civic reported stolen to Pinole PD on January 2. 

January 3, 2013 

Vehicle Collision and Driving Under the Influence – Parking Lot of Petco, 420 El Cerrito Plaza 
Officer Jacala responded to a non-injury collision in the El Cerrito Plaza and determined that one of the driver’s was intoxicated. The 55-year-old woman from Berkeley was taken into custody and booked at the El Cerrito Police Department before she was released with a citation. 

Shoplifting – Safeway, 11450 San Pablo Avenue 
Corporal Brosas accepted the citizen’s arrest of an 18-year-old woman from Castro Valley for shoplifting after she was detained by a loss prevention agent for stealing DVD’s. The woman was booked at the El Cerrito Police Department and released with a citation. 

Brandishing a Weapon – 76 Gas Station, 3160 Carlson Boulevard 
Officer Elder reports a road rage incident escalated into one subject threatening another subject with a baseball bat. The suspect did not attack anyone with the weapon and left prior to police arrival. 

Residential Burglary – 100 block of San Carlos Avenue 
Officer Elder reports an unknown suspect entered the residence through an unlocked kitchen window and stole cash and jewelry. The burglary occurred between 5:45 pm and 8:30 pm.

The El Cerrito Police Blotter can be found also on nixle.com

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Lisa LaMagna January 05, 2013 at 06:26 PM
El Cerrito police are busy!
Gail Grenke (maiden name: Brumbaugh) January 06, 2013 at 03:35 PM
I've not lived in my hometown for many years, but still hold it near and dear. I remember it being a great safe place to live.....I certainly don't recall so much theft.
Alvin Mabuhay January 10, 2013 at 10:06 AM
Last I checked, the identities of arrested adults is a matter of public record. Why are the identities of the police officers stated, but not the suspects?
Charles Burress January 10, 2013 at 05:32 PM
The reasons for not releasing suspect names can vary. Sometimes news organizations don't release names because we don't have the resources to follow relatively minor crimes after the arrest and feel it could unfairly tarnish a person's reputation if we report an arrest but don't report if that person is later exonerated. In this case, however, we are publishing the blotter provided by police, so you'd have to ask the police why they do not include the suspect names.

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