Editor's note: the El Cerrito Police Blotter below is provided by the El Cerrito Police Department.
February 25, 2013
Attempted Burglary – 6600 Block of Lincoln Ave
Two subjects attempted to break into the victim’s residence at 0800 hours but were frightened away by the resident before they got inside.
Grand Theft – Trader Joes (225 El Cerrito Plaza)
A customer at Trader Joes had cash stolen from her purse after she accidently left it in the store.
Stolen Vehicle (Recovered) – 1900 block of Kearney St
An officer located an unoccupied stolen Honda Ridgeline at 3:17 pm.
Burglary - 8200 block of Terrace Drive
An unknown suspect gained entry into the residence by prying open a window. The suspect then stole a laptop and various pieces of jewelry. The theft occurred between 2/19 at 7:30 pm and 2/25 at 4:30 pm.
Burglary (Auto) - 195 El Cerrito Plaza-
An unknown suspect smashed the right front window of a Honda and stole a laptop bag, which only contained miscellaneous items. Most of the stolen property was located in the creek area of the plaza and then returned to the owner. The theft occurred on 2/19 between 6:15 and 6:30 pm.
Burglary (Auto) - 5040 El Cerrito Plaza-
An unknown suspect shattered the left rear window of a Hyundai and stole the victim’s backpack. The backpack was located several parking stalls away and was missing several small items. The theft occurred on 2/25 between the hours of 4:30 and 8:10 pm.
Drunk in Public - 11300 block of San Pablo Avenue
Officers were dispatched to the 1500 block of South 56th Street on the report of an unknown female in the reporting party’s backyard. Officers located the female on San Pablo Avenue, but the reporting party declined to make a citizen’s arrest for trespassing. Officers arrested the female, a 47-year-old Richmond resident, for being drunk in public. The female was booked and released to a family member.
February 26, 2013
Commercial Burglary / Shoplifter – Safeway (11450 San Pablo Ave)
Officers arrested a 49-year-old Oakland resident after he was stopped by security for shoplifting at Safeway. The suspect had an extensive prior theft conviction record, and previously issued civil citations in the past by Safeway Loss prevention. He was booked and transported to MDF.
Attempted Burglary- 1700 block of Wesley Avenue
The resident reports an unknown suspect attempted to pry open the rear door of their residence between the hours of 6:00 pm on 2/25 and 7:00 am on 2/26.
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia - 6100 block of Potrero Avenue
A 35-year-old Richmond resident was arrested for being in possession of drug paraphernalia during a suspicious person contact. The subject was booked at the ECPD and then released with a citation.
February 27, 2013
Residential Burglary – 1000 block of Arlington Blvd.
Three suspects forced entry into the victim’s residence while she was away, within a 10-minute period, between 7:00 and 7:10 am. The victim returned home and found the suspects loading her stolen property into their car. The suspects fled in the vehicle. The victim and nearby witnesses described the suspects as Hispanic men driving a gray or gold colored early 2000’s Honda. Although the vehicle was older, it had paper plates.
Drunk in Public - 500 block of Liberty Street
A 23-year-old El Cerrito man was arrested for being drunk in public during a suspicious person call. The male was booked at the ECPD and then released to sober relative.
Possession of Metal Knuckles - Cutting Boulevard @ South 50th Street-
A 27-year-old Richmond man was arrested for being in possession of metal knuckles during a traffic enforcement stop. The male was booked at the ECPD and then released with a citation.
Driving Under the Influence - San Pablo Avenue @ Schmidt Lane
A 30 year-old Berkeley resident was arrested for DUI during a traffic enforcement stop. The subject was booked at the ECPD and then released to a friend.
February 28, 2013
Possession of Burglary Tools – 400 Block of Kearney Street
Officers responded to a suspicious person call and arrested three males, a 13 year old and 21 year old from Oakland and a 21year old from Hayward, for possession of burglary tools. Witnesses in the area alerted the Police Department to the subjects.
Burglary and Conspiracy - 1300 block of Lawrence Street
At 10:15 pm, a resident called the ECPD to report that two unknown suspects were in the garage/basement area of their residence. Officers responded to the scene and were able to locate the suspect vehicle being driven away from the scene. During the traffic stop officers located several pieces of property which were taken from the victim’s residence. Officers arrested a 49-year-old Rio Vista man and a 52-year-old Richmond man for burglary and conspiring to commit burglary. Both subjects were booked at the ECPD and then transported to the MDF.
A Note from ECPD – Paper Dealer Plates
Although not suspicious, in themselves, residents should pay close attention to older vehicles sporting paper dealer plates. In several recent burglaries, both residential and automobile, witnesses spotted suspect vehicles equipped with dealer plates. None of these vehicles were new cars. One tactic, used by burglars and other thieves, is to steal paper dealer plates from a used car dealership and use them to obscure the license plate on their car, during the commission of a crime. If you see an older model vehicle, equipped with paper dealer plates, give the car extra consideration. If it does not belong in your neighborhood or is suspicious in some other way, consider notifying the El Cerrito Police. The El Cerrito Police Officers would be pleased to check it out for you.
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