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Armed Robbery of Business, Starbucks Tip Jar Swiped, Indecent Exposure

The El Cerrito Police Blotter for Jan. 7-10 includes an armed robbery of a business, three more stolen Hondas, and arrests for alleged indecent exposure, stealing a Starbucks tip jar, felons in possession of firearms, and DUI on a bicycle.

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

January 7, 2013 

Petty Theft – Starbucks, 11861 San Pablo Avenue 
A 35 year old male Vallejo resident was arrested after he stole the tip jar from Starbucks. The suspect had an extensive theft related criminal history and was transported to MDF. 

Stolen Vehicle Recovered – 1800 Block of Liberty Street
A stolen black 4dr 2009 Toyota Yaris was located. The vehicle was reported stolen to Vacaville PD on the 4th. 

Stolen Vehicle – Staples, 11545 San Pablo Avenue 
An unknown suspect stole the victim’s white 4dr 1994 Honda Accord sometime between 1000-1200 hours. 

Stolen Vehicle Recovered – Staples, 11545 San Pablo Avenue 
A silver 4dr 1992 Honda Accord was located while investigating the above mentioned case. The vehicle was reported stolen to Richmond on the 6th. 

Warrant – San Pablo Ave. / Cutting Blvd. 
A female was arrested for an outstanding felony warrant during a traffic enforcement stop. 

January 8, 2013 

Riding a Bicycle While Under the Influence - San Pablo Ave/Orchard Ave. 
A 48-year-old male resident of Richmond was stopped for a vehicle violation while riding his bicycle. During the investigation, officers determined the male was under the influence of alcohol and placed him under arrest. After booking the male was cited and released to a friend. 

Indecent Exposure - 6500 block of Blake Ave. 
Officers were dispatched to a residence for the report of a naked male masturbating. Officers arrived on scene and observed a 68 year old El Cerrito male resident masturbating at his doorway. The male was subsequently arrested and booked for indecent exposure. After booking he was transported to the Martinez Detention Facility. 

January 9, 2013 

Possession of a Controlled Substance / Warrant Arrest – 3400 Block Belmont Avenue 
A 31-year-old female transient was arrested at 1328 hours in Creekside Park after she was found to have an outstanding warrant and to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine. She was transported to MDF. 

Stolen Vehicle – 1000 El Cerrito Plaza 
A Gold 1994 Honda Accord was stolen from the parking lot between 0630 and 1330 hours. 

Auto Burglaries (2) – 170 El Cerrito Plaza 
Two vehicles were broken into in front of 170 El Cerrito Plaza. The unknown suspect gained entry via a broken window in both cases 

Injury Collision – Stockton Avenue and Everett Street 
Officers responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian collision. The pedestrian was crossing Stockton Ave in the crosswalk when she was struck by a vehicle travelling eastbound. The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and cooperated. Alcohol consumption was not a factor in the collision.

Petty Theft/Drunk in Public - 11300 block of San Pablo Ave. 
Officers responded to the area of San Pablo Ave. and Potrero Ave. regarding a disturbance. Upon arrival, officers located the subject, a 62 year old female resident of El Cerrito inside a nearby business and observed her concealing a bottle of liquor inside her jacket. Upon contact, officers discovered the female was intoxicated and arrested her. She was transported to the Martinez Detention Facility. 

Armed Robbery - 11900 block of San Pablo Ave. 
Officers responded to a report that two suspects entered a business armed with a firearm and demanded property from the employees. After taking the property, the suspects fled in a 2000’s green four door Dodge Stratus. The suspects were described as the following: 

S1 - BMA, 25 years old, 6’00”, 220lbs, Black sweat suit, red and black shoes, red baseball cap and red gloves. 

S2 - BMA 20-22 years old, BLK/BRO, 5’02” 150 lbs, grey hooded sweatshirt, grey jeans, pink and blue gloves. 

Recovered Stolen Vehicle - 2000 El Cerrito Plaza 
An officer located the victim’s unoccupied 1997 Honda Accord parked in front of Ross. The vehicle had been reported stolen to Pinole PD on 1/8/13. 

January 10, 2013 

Stolen Vehicle - 6500 block of Cutting Blvd. 
Unknown suspect(s) stole victim’s 1994 teal colored Honda Accord between the hours of 8:06AM and 7:20PM. 

Driving Under the Influence - San Pablo Ave @ Eastshore Blvd. 
An officer conducted a traffic stop and arrested the driver, a 30 year old male from Richmond for DUI. After booking the male was cited and released to a friend. 

Felon in Possession of a Loaded Firearm and Ammunition while Driving Under the Influence -Cutting Blvd @ San Pablo Ave. 
An officer conducted a traffic enforcement stop on a vehicle and arrested the driver, a 25 year old male from San Pablo for DUI. During the investigation the officer located loaded firearms in the possession of the driver and his passenger, a 20 year old male from San Pablo. During a records check it was discovered both suspects have been convicted of felony crimes. Both suspects were arrested and transported to the Martinez Detention Facility.

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

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CJ January 12, 2013 at 03:18 PM
Looks like three stolen Hondas actually...
Charles Burress (Editor) January 12, 2013 at 06:58 PM
You're right. We've corrected it. Thanks for a catching it. We appreciate our readers helping us make sure we get our facts (and math) right.
Alvin Mabuhay January 12, 2013 at 11:23 PM
Why aren't the names of the arrested adults listed? They are a matter of public record. Are the police not providing them, or are you?
Alvin Mabuhay January 12, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Ok, I realize it's still a crime; but tip jars are a joke and an obvious enticement to thieves. Anyone who pays $4.00 for a cup of coffee fufu, and still leaves a tip has too much money (ok-just kidding). But seriously...the other day I went to a frozen yogurt shop. Everything was self-serve. You select your cup, select your own yogurt and toppings. You then bring your mini Matterhorn to the counter and place it on a scale. The cashier reads the amount, based on weight and tells you the price-and for that there is a tip jar on the counter!
Charles Burress (Editor) January 12, 2013 at 11:36 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.
Alvin Mabuhay January 12, 2013 at 11:55 PM
To the extent that the ECPD is not providing the names, I accept your response. However, as stated, the identities of arrested adults is a matter of public record. Not doing so, because someone may later be exonerated should be measured against the greater public need. In a previous blog, you listed the arrest of a paolee, the identity of the arresting officer, not the arrested paolee?? Again, if that was due to the lack of information provided by the detective division-then I withdraw my objection. Another concern is that this a complete change of policy from what the police provided in years past. I believe if the police arrested a thief, burglar, robber...I want to know who they are.
Robin M. Blind January 13, 2013 at 04:34 PM
Ya know what, Alvin? yer right! My thoughts precisely! I think it says something about the employer of the employees. As in: he/she don't pay us enough and so we be beggin' you, the customer, to help out! Color me cold, but I never give 'em five cents 'cuz to load up the tip jar would dilute the message that they (the employees) need to find a new job...with a new boss.

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