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Weekend Police Blotter: Residential Burglary, $19K in Jewelry Stolen

The El Cerrito Police Department selected and wrote the following items. 

November 29 

Residential Burglary – 1700 Ganges Ave. 
At 9:21 a.m., unknown suspects smashed the master bedroom window with a brick and entered the residence. The suspects took approximately $19,000 in jewelry. 

Armed Robbery / Obstructing Police / Parole Violation – 600 block of Lexington Ave. 
At 12:10 p.m., El Cerrito police officers were dispatched to an armed robbery where a witness was following the suspect. As officers converged on the area, an officer saw the suspect jump a rear fence in the 400 block of Kearney St and run south towards Fairmount Ave. The suspect began shedding clothing, as he ran, in an attempt to change his appearance. Citizens helped point out the suspect’s escape route and guided officers to Ifshin Violins. The suspect was hiding in a bathroom, inside the business. Officers arrested the 22 year old Oakland man, without incident. The man was on parole for carjacking out of Alameda County. Officers booked the man and took him to county jail. During their investigation, officers searched the neighborhood and found the man’s clothes and the BB gun he used in the robbery. 

Vandalism – 11700 block of San Pablo Ave. 
At 6 p.m., a female suspect kicked and struck four vehicles parked on San Pablo Ave. The suspect fled the scene prior to police arrival. Witnesses described the woman as being in her 30’s, with dark hair in a pony tail, and wearing a white shirt and backpack. 

Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Paraphernalia – San Pablo Ave. / Knott Ave. 
At 6:46 p.m., an officer conducted a pedestrian stop and arrested a 51-year-old San Francisco man for possession of methamphetamine and possession of a glass smoking pipe. The man was booked at the El Cerrito Police Department and released pending lab results. 

Public Intoxication – San Pablo Ave. / Fairmount Ave. 
At 11:53 p.m., officers were dispatched to a local bar for an unwanted subject refusing to leave. An officer contacted the unwanted person, a 36-year-old transient man, and told him to leave the business. After speaking with the police, the man walked into the middle of San Pablo Ave. and was almost struck by several vehicles. Officers placed the man under arrest for public intoxication due to his inability to care for himself. The man was transported to the Martinez Detention Facility. 

Driving under the Influence – San Pablo Ave. / Panama Ave. 
At 2:16 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic enforcement stop and arrested the driver, a 26-year-old Richmond man, for driving under the influence of alcohol. The man was booked at the El Cerrito Police Department and released to a sober friend. 

November 30 

Battery – 3090 El Cerrito Plaza 
At 7:10 p.m., an officer accepted the citizen’s arrest of a 48-year-old El Cerrito man after he shoved the victim into the freezer case when she stepped around him in line. Officers booked the man and took him to county jail. 

Warrant Arrest – I-80 / Solano Ave. 
At 11:04 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic enforcement stop and arrested the driver, a 25-year-old Vallejo woman, for an outstanding warrant. The woman was booked at the El Cerrito Police Department and transported to the Martinez Detention Facility. 

Driving under the Influence – Liberty St. / Portola Dr. 
At 1:55 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic enforcement stop and arrested the driver, a 60-year-old Richmond man, for driving under the influence of alcohol. The man was booked at the El Cerrito Police Department and released to a sober friend. 

December 1 

Warrant Arrest – San Pablo Ave. at Potrero Ave. 
At 6:26 a.m., an El Cerrito police officer arrested a 22 year old Oakland male for a warrant out of Contra Costa County. The male was booked at the El Cerrito Police Department and released on a citation. 

Residential Burglary – 2000 block of Mira Vista Ave. 
Between Nov. 28 at 12 p.m. and Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m., an unknown suspect entered the victim’s residence through an unlocked rear door and stole electronics and jewelry. 

Mental health evaluation – 11400 block of San Pablo Ave. 
At approximately 6:39 p.m., officers were dispatched to a theft in progress. Officers were updated with information that the suspect fled towards the BART station. An officer contacted a 35-year-old transient woman who was rambling incoherently and being aggressive towards staff of local businesses. The woman was committed for a psychiatric evaluation and transported to the Contra Costa County Regional Medical Center.

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