August Emeryville Crime Report: Another laptop-snatching robbery at Starbucks
The August 2017 Emeryville Crime report saw 217 total crimes reported for the month (down from 262 in July or -17%). The Starbucks at the Powell Street Plaza was again the victim of a laptop-snatching robbery. [Update] EPD Crime Analyst Adrienne Robinson confirmed that there have been 12 of these crimes this year at Starbucks around the city and that the type of crime was “trending”.
Suspects targeted patrons in the afternoon who had either stepped away or were distracted and would flee in an awaiting vehicle. Five of the incidents involved force when the patron attempted to prevent the crime. Robinson recommended securing one’s laptop with a secure cable lock. Suspects were described as “males in their late teens to early twenties.”
Among these Starbuck Locations:
- Powell Street Plaza: 7 Incidents
- 65th & Hollis: 2 Incidents
- East Bay Bridge Shopping Center: 3 Incidents
Auto burglaries continued their upward trend increasing from 106 to 113. Petty Thefts plunged from last month and remain flat from 2016. Property Crime has risen sharply from last year up 24% while Violent crime is down 10% from last year.
Total crimes reported for the year are on an +20% trajectory from 2016.
REPORTING DISTRICT BOUNDARIES
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 CrimeReports.com. An archive of monthly crime statistics provided can be viewed on the city website.
2. North Emeryville
3. Emery Bay
6. Artist Colony
7. San Pablo Avenue – South
10. East Bay bridge (West)
11. Outside of City Limits
REPORTING DISTRICT MATRIX:
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.
5800 block of Beaudry St.: A group of male teenagers pushed a female down to the ground and took her purse. The suspects fled the area on foot.
Ross Dress for Less, 5733 Christie Ave.: (3) male suspects entered the store, and selected 25-30 high-end purses. One of the suspects threatened the Security Guard as they fled the store without paying for the loss.
Starbucks Coffee, 5767 Christie Ave.: A male suspect pushed a male victim, grabbed the victim’s laptop from the table and fled to an awaiting vehicle.
7-Eleven, 4000 San Pablo Ave.: A male shoplifter concealed merchandise in a grocery bag and walked out of the store without paying. A store employee attempted to stop the theft, however the suspect cut the employee on the ear with an unknown sharp object.
Ulta, 3839 Emery St., Ste# 200: A female shoplifter concealed merchandise in her purse and used force to flee the store with the merchandise.
Target Stores, 1555 40th St.: A female shoplifter pushed and kicked a loss prevention officer in an attempt to flee the store with merchandise. EPD arrested the female shortly afterwards.
The Bank Club, 3900 San Pablo Ave.: A fight ensued between male patrons resulting in one patron becoming unconscious.
CVS Pharmacy, 4349 San Pablo Ave.: The business was burglarized three times during graveyard hours. POE: Front door – Window smash with a water cover, and plywood where the window was previously broken was kicked in. LOSS: Liquor.
7-Eleven, 4000 San Pablo Ave: The business was burglarized twice during graveyard hours. POE: Front door – lower half of the window was smash with a rock. LOSS: Miscellaneous merchandise.
5900 block of Vallejo St.: An attempted burglary occurred. An unknown suspect attempted to enter the bedroom window, however was scared off by the resident.
1000 block 45th St.: POE: Open second story window. LOSS: X-Box game console, X-Box controller, and jewelry.
Of the 9 vehicles reported stolen:
- 2 vehicles were recovered
- 1 report was a motorcycle
- 1 report was an electric golf cart
- 6 vehicles are still outstanding
The spreadsheet compares criminal activity relative to last year, averages from the previous 3 years and annual totals for the year.