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Weekend Police Blotter: 4 Auto Burglaries, 1 Residential Burglary

December 6 

Driving under the Influence – Potrero Ave. at Eastshore Blvd. 
At 10:25 a.m., an El Cerrito police officer conducted a traffic stop and arrested a 64-year-old Richmond man for driving under the influence of alcohol. The male was booked at the El Cerrito Police Department and released on a citation. 

Auto Burglary – 11700 block of San Pablo Ave. 
Between 6:05 p.m. and 6:58 p.m., an unknown suspect smashed the victim’s vehicle window and stole a purse containing electronics and personal identifying information. 

Grand theft from Person – 11800 block of San Pablo Ave. 
At 10:42 p.m., an unknown suspect entered the business and stole the victim’s computer while she was working on it. The suspect fled prior to the arrival of police. The suspect was described as a black male adult in his 20’s, 5 foot 8 inches tall, wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, tan vest, and dark pants. 

Warrant Arrest – El Cerrito Plaza 
At 1:47 a.m., an officer arrested a 57-year-old transient man for an outstanding warrant. The man was issued a citation with a new date to appear in court. 

Battery – 10400 block of San Pablo Ave. 
While officers were on a traffic stop at San Pablo Ave. / Portola Dr., two vehicles quickly parked behind and sounded a horn. Officers investigated and found two parties claiming they had been attacked by the other. Both parties were at a local bar and accused the other party of being the instigator. All parties were interviewed, and declined prosecution on the other half. The case was referred to the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution. 

December 7 

Auto Burglary – 11900 block of San Pablo Ave. 
Between 6:45 p.m. and 7:05 p.m., an unknown suspect smashed the victim’s vehicle window and stole a backpack containing electronics. 

Auto Burglary – 6100 block of Potrero Ave. 
Between 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m., an unknown suspect smashed the victim’s window and stole a backpack containing clothing. 

Driving under the Influence – Potrero Ave. / Arlington Blvd. 
At 12:59 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic enforcement stop and arrested the driver, a 46-year-old Berkeley man, for driving under the influence of alcohol. The man was booked at the El Cerrito Police Department and released to a sober relative. 

December 8 

Vehicle Tampering – 5700 block of Central Ave. 
Between Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 7:54 p.m., an unknown suspect entered the victim’s unlocked vehicle and ransacked the interior but did not steal anything. 

December 9 

Auto Burglary – 2300 block of Mono Ave. 
Sometime between Dec. 7 at 9 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 9:30 a.m., an unknown suspect smashed the victim’s vehicle window and stole backpacks, a laptop and bicycle equipment. 

Residential Burglary – 600 block of Richmond St. 
Between 11:30 a.m. and 12:44 p.m., an unknown suspect(s) broke into the residence and stole US and Chinese currency valued at approx. $10,000, along with jade jewelry. The suspect gained entry by prying the rear door with a tool. 

Petty Theft – 6600 block of Central Ave. 
Between Dec. 6 at 6:36 p.m. and Dec. 7 at 12:30 a.m. an unknown suspect stole packages from the victim’s porch. 

Petty Theft from Auto – 1300 block of Rifle Range Rd. 
Between Dec. 8 at 10 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 7:30 a.m., an unknown suspect entered the victim’s unlocked vehicle and stole loose change and gloves. 

Petty Theft from Auto – 1200 block of Contra Costa Dr. 
Between Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. an unknown suspect entered the victim’s unlocked vehicle and stole an iPad, sunglasses, and a garage door opener. 

Vehicle Tampering – 1200 block of Contra Costa Dr. 
Between Dec. 8 at 10 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 8 a.m., an unknown suspect entered the victim’s unlocked vehicle and ransacked the interior but did not steal anything. 

Petty Theft with Prior Convictions – 2000 block of Key Blvd. 
At 10:54 p.m., an officer observed a 55-year-old El Cerrito man stealing recyclable materials from a City of El Cerrito recycling bin. The man has several convictions for petty theft and regularly steals recyclables from city bins. The man was arrested and booked at the El Cerrito Police Department before being transported to the Martinez Detention Facility.

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