Assault on Officer, Home Smash-ins, Theft-Robbery, Other El Cerrito Crimes

Among recent El Cerrito crimes was the shoving of a police officer, a theft wrongly reported as an "armed robbery," and more break-ins, including two that neighbors said involved the kicking in of front doors on homes.

Assault on officer

The latest crime news round-up from El Cerrito police includes a 29-year-old El Cerrito man arrested April 7 for allegedly shoving an El Cerrito police officer at the scene of a dispute where the suspect tried to take a remote-control from a residence.

The man was jailed for investigation of assault on an officer in the 2:32 a.m. incident in the 1300 block of Liberty Street, said El Cerrito police records supervisor Loralee Palfini.

Front doors reported kicked in

In two back-to-back home break-ins last week, in the 7700 block of Eureka Avenue on April 11 and the 800 block of Kensington Road on April 12, neighbors relayed reports that the front doors of homes had been kicked in to gain entry.

As of yesterday, April 16, the two burglaries had not been listed on crimereports.com, the El Cerrito police official outlet for crime information. Palfini confirmed that burglaries were reported on those blocks and said the police reports on the break-ins were still being prepared.

A alert on the Arlington Neighbors email list said the Kensington Road burglary occurred between 11:30 a.m. and noon. "The home had its front door kicked in," according to alert. "...The suspects were several young male adults driving a white SUV with 'GMC' on the back window.  If you notice this type of SUV in your neighborhood, please call the police IMMEDIATELY!"

Another "armed robbery" that wasn't

Crimereports.com lists an "armed robbery" on April 14 at 2 p.m. in the 11400 block of San Pablo Avenue, but Palifini said the listing is incorrect.

She said it is supposed to be listed as a "strong-arm robbery," and involved a man stealing razor blades from Safeway and then pushing his way past a security guard to escape.

It was the third crime incorrectly reported as an "armed robbery" on crimereports.com since March 29. Palfini said El Cerrito police are working with crimereports.com "to make sure the information is being transferred correctly."

Below are recent crimes, excluding petty thefts and thefts from vehicles, that we found on crimereports.com and that were not listed when we did our last police blotter on April 7. The times, descriptions and locations in the list are exactly as they appear on crimereports.com. (Note that the April 11 "armed robbery" is incorrect.)


04/11/2012 14:00:00 11400 Block SAN PABLO AVE 2012-00005991 PC 211 ARMED ROBBERY


04/07/2012 02:32:00 1300 Block LIBERTY ST 2012-00005647 PC 243 B ASSAULT ON PEACE OFFICER 04/06/2012 12:35:00 900 Block LEXINGTON AVE 2012-00005607 PC 273.5 DOMESTIC BATTERY

Breaking and Entering

04/14/2012 04:54:00

1700 Block ELM ST 2012-00006185 PC 459 BURGLARY

Theft of Vehicle

04/10/2012 07:53:00 2300 Block ALVA AVE 2012-00005869


04/07/2012 21:40:00 3400 Block CARLSON BLVD 2012-00005698 VC 10851 VEHICLE THEFT 04/02/2012 10:52:00 1000 Block KING DR 2012-00005320 VC 10851 VEHICLE THEFT

Crime reports in nearby cities

Nearby police agencies provide crime information in a different manner on their Web sites and to the local press. Here are recent examples from other towns served by Patch:

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