August 2019 Emeryville Crime Report: Robberies Surge, Auto Thefts Decline Sharply

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The August, 2019 Emeryville Crime Report saw 228 total crimes reported for the month (down from the 261 reported in July). Much of the statistical decline was the result of a 19% MTM drop in Autoburglaries (although they remain on a 35% increase from last year). Auto thefts have seen a significant 30% drop from last year.

Emeryville Police Officers handled a total of 2675 incidents in August. These responses included 24 incidents where officers evaluated individuals to determine if they required an Emergency Psychiatric Detention. Officers also responded to 55 suspicious incidents. There were 138 theft related calls for service. Officers recovered 5 stolen vehicles, and made 65 arrests which included 2 for thefts of iPhones, 1 for attempted car burglary, 5 for thefts from stores, and 1 for a stabbing incident

Officers arrested 65 adults. There were no juvenile arrests.

Overall, crimes reported for 2019 are on an 17% upward trajectory from last year.


The City of Emeryville is divided into small geographical areas that facilitate the Department’s efforts to tract crime and neighborhood problems, and allocate personnel resources to meet the service need. Crime statistics are reported by the EPD through CommunityCrimeMap.com. An archive of monthly crime statistics provided can be viewed on the city website.

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1. San Pablo Avenue
2. North Emeryville
3. Emery Bay
4. Peninsula
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5. Shellmound
6. Artist Colony
7. San Pablo Avenue – South
8. Triangle
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9. East Bay bridge (East)
10. East Bay bridge (West)
11. Outside of City Limits


The reporting district matrix lists the category and number of crimes reported by district. The descriptions below are “highlights” and are not provided for every crime reported.


District 3

64XX Shellmound St.: A domestic violence incident resulted in a sexual assault.


District 5

Parking lot of the Courtyard By Marriott: 5555 Shellmound St.: A female was carjacked and robbed. LOSS: Backpack and rental vehicle, Chevy Camaro. Oakland Police located the vehicle the next day.


District 5

Victoria’s Secret, 5672 Bay St.: Shoplifters pulled a knife on the Security Guard, grabbed merchandise and fled the area. SUSPECTS: (3) females. LOSS: Several undergarments.

Express, 5680 Bay St.: Shoplifters used force to steal merchandise. SUSPECTS: (3) Females. SUSPECT VEHICLE: 2003 Lexus 300, silver. LOSS: Several pairs of jeans.

Old Navy, 5625 Bay St.: A shoplifter used force to steal merchandise. SUSPECT: Female, heavy set, wearing pink leggings.

American Eagle, 5653 Bay St.: Shoplifters used force to steal merchandise. SUSPECTS: (2) Males and (2) Females. SUSPECT VEHICLE: 2018 Nissan Altima 4-Door, white. LOSS: Several pairs of pants.

IFO BevMo, 5717 Christie Ave.: Two males wearing hoodies punched two women and took their purses. The suspects fled to a gray Volkswagen SUV and left the area.

District 6

Hollis & 45th St.: A robbery at gunpoint occurred. SUSPECT: Male, medium build,30 years old, wearing a white sweatshirt and black pants. SUSPECT VEHICLE: A newer Audi SUV. LOSS: Backpack containing a laptop, and a wallet.

District 9

Home Depot, 3838 Hollis St.: A known shoplifter used force to steal merchandise. SUSPECT: Male, wearing a Raider’s jersey with #24, LOSS: (3) Makita Drills, (2) were recovered.

At Ulta, 3839 Emery St., #200: Two shoplifters used force to steal merchandise and said they had a gun. (No gun seen). SUSPECTS: (1) Male and (1) Female. LOSS: Perfume.

District 10

Target, 1555 40th St.: A shoplifter used force to steal merchandise. SUSPECT: Female. EPD arrested the suspect shortly thereafter.

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Aggravated Assault

District 4

Powell St., & Frontage Rd.: A domestic violence incident resulted in a male jumping on the hood of his girlfriend’s vehicle while she was driving. The girlfriend eventually stopped the vehicle allowing the male to get off the hood (No injuries). The girlfriend left the area.

District 6

Park Ave & Halleck St.: A motorist shot several rounds at another motorist. Both parties were gone on police arrival.

At 57XX Peladeau St.: A domestic violence incident resulted in a female hitting her husband with a broom handle. EPD arrested the female shortly thereafter.

District 8

W MacArthur Blvd. & Adeline St.: A male stabbed a family member. EPD arrested the suspect shortly thereafter.

Commercial Burglary

District 4

Marina 3310 Powell St., (secured laundry room): An unknown suspect broke into the laundry machine and stole quarters. LOSS: $100.

District 6

Pettitpot, 4221 Horton St.: POE: Door – Ajar. LOSS: Laptop, tablet and Visa card. Suspect: A male wearing a bandana over half of his face, wearing a green shirt, brown vest, dark pants, and red shoes.

Residential Burglary

District 3

64XX Christie Ave #XXXX POE: Patio door. LOSS: Purse. EPD arrested the suspect shortly thereafter.

District 4

X Commodore Dr., #XXX POE: Front door – Pried. LOSS: Laptop, women’s jewelry, backpack, camera, men’s watch, and men’s sunglasses. SUSPECTS: (3) Males wearing jeans and t-shirts. SUSPECT VEHICLE: Maroon Volkswagen SUV.


Of the 6 vehicles reported stolen:

  • 2 vehicles were recovered intact
  • 3 vehicles was recovered but damaged or stripped
  • 1 report was a motorcycle (still outstanding)

The spreadsheet compares criminal activity relative to last year, averages from the previous 3 years and annual totals for the year.

*Categories not included in Part 1 Crimes
N/C: Not Calculable

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Rob Arias

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who lived in Emeryville from 2003 to 2021. Rob founded The E'ville Eye in 2011 after being robbed at gunpoint and lamenting the lack of local news coverage. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

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