August EPD Crime Report: Annual Surge in Robberies, Auto Burglaries & Petty Thefts continues

Published On September 21, 2015 | By Rob Arias | Crime & Public Safety, News & Commentary

The Emeryville Police Crime Report for August includes 191 total crimes (up slightly from 189 in July). Over 1/4 of these were Petty Thefts committed in the combined District 9/10 East Bay Bridge Mall area. Auto Burglaries accounted for over 37% of these total crimes with nearly 60% committed in the “West Emeryville” districts. Robberies continued their upward trend and are on a 49% incline from 2014. Auto Burglaries (31%) and Petty Thefts (40%) are other annual statistical surges of concern. Residential Burglaries continued a 36% downward trend from last year. There was only a single residential burglary and zero reported Homicides, Rapes or Carjackings for the month.


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.

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


ROBBERY:

District 2:

65th/Hollis St.: Two suspects robbed two victims at gunpoint. Suspects: #1 Black male, wearing a mask, Brown eyes, 5’10”, black or gray hoodie sweater, armed with a semi auto handgun. #2 Black male, wearing a mask, 20-25 years old, wearing dark clothing, and armed with a handgun. LOSS: A Spiderman wallet, $100 cash, (2) cell phones, magic cards and miscellaneous debit and identification cards.

District 3:

Hyatt House, 5800 Shellmound St.: A juvenile suspect asked a female victim for directions. As the female pulled out her phone, the juvenile forcefully took victim’s cell phone. The juvenile then fled the area with an accomplice on bicycles. EPD located and arrested one juvenile. Suspects: #1 Black male 14 years old. #2 Black male, 16 years old.
Parking lot near In-Shape, 6005 Shellmound St.: A male suspect robbed a female at gunpoint. LOSS: A backpack, a duffel bag, and keys. Suspect: Hispanic male, with a black beard, heavy-set, and wearing a red shirt.
Wells Fargo Bank, 5801 Christie Ave.: The suspects robbed the victim in San Francisco ($100 and cell phone). The suspects then drove the victim to Emeryville and told the victim to withdraw money from the ATM. Both suspects fled before receiving the money. Suspects: Black males, 20-22 years old.

District 5:

Outside of the AMC Theater 5614 Bay St., #220: A male suspect demanded another male’s belongings and cash. The victim fled and notified Bay Street Security. EPD arrested the suspect shortly thereafter. Suspect: Black male, 16 years old.

District 7:

CVS Pharmacy, 4349 San Pablo Ave.: The cashier assisted the suspect with a lottery ticket winning ($1). The suspect demanded more money and punched the cashier in the face. Suspect then removed the money from the register. LOSS: $80. Suspect: Black male wearing black clothing and carrying a rolling suitcase.

District 8:

47th/San Pablo Ave.: Two suspects approached the victim from behind and took the victim’s purse. Suspects: Two Black male juveniles, 14-15 years old.
Emeryville Market, 4330 San Pablo Ave.: A suspect entered the store and demanded money at knifepoint. Suspect: Black male wearing a black hoodie, blue jeans, and white shoes. LOSS: $700.

District 10:

Target, 1555 40th St.: The suspect entered the store, selected and concealed merchandise and walked out of the store without paying. The suspect attempted to elude the loss prevention agent and subsequently hit the agent with a skateboard. EPD arrested the suspect shortly thereafter.


AGGRAVATED ASSAULT:

District 5:

Bay Street Mall, 5601 Bay St.: Parking Level 3A, unknown suspects fired a gun at unknown victims within the parking garage.

District 8:

4300 block of San Pablo Ave.: A female chased her boyfriend with a knife and threw bottles at him. EPD arrested the female shortly thereafter.


COMMERCIAL BURGLARIES:

District 1:

Siegel & Strain Architects, 1295 59th St.: POE: Window- smashed. LOSS: iMac Computer.

District 5:

Sunglass Hut, 5673 Bay St.: An attempted burglary occurred. The suspect set off the alarm. Suspect: Male, light complexion, with a goatee and pot belly. The following day the business was burgled. POE: Front door – Pried. LOSS: 64 pairs of sunglasses. Suspects: #1 Male, light complexion, bald, with a dark goatee, and stocky build (pot belly), wearing glasses. #2 Male, wearing a black hat, black sweatshirt, black and red shirt, gray pants, and black shoes. Suspect Vehicle: U-Haul truck.

District 7:

T-Mobile, 5607 Bay St.: Three suspects entered the store, paid a cell phone bill, and then proceeded to cut several cell phones from the displays. The suspects then exited the store without paying. Suspects: #1 Black male, 25-30 years old, #2 Black female 25-20 years old, Black female 25-30 years old.

District 6:

Paula Le Duc Catering, 1350 Park Ave.: An unknown suspect pushed open the window, however the security bars prevented entry. Attempt only. No loss.


RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY:

District 1:

1200 65th St.: An unknown suspect entered the garage and stole a bicycle. The suspect cut the bike lock.


AUTO THEFT:

(12) vehicles were stolen, (7) of which were recovered intact, (2) vehicles had damages. (3) vehicles are still outstanding. Honda Civics was the most popular vehicles.


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

About The Author

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who moved to Emeryville in 2003. A new parent in the community, he can often be seen walking his French Bulldog rescue "Fiona" around his Park Avenue District neighborhood, traversing the greenway on his bike or enjoying his favorite Emeryville small businesses. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

6 Responses to August EPD Crime Report: Annual Surge in Robberies, Auto Burglaries & Petty Thefts continues

  1. Jose says:

    I see EPD staking out at night around Prizefighter and during the day by Starbucks on 65th and Hollis.
    I hardly see them at night around Christie (district 3) where we’ve had cars broken into, people mugged and bicycles stolen from building racks.

    what is happening? I don’t see crime figures improving much if any they have stayed the same. Is EPD actually reading these reports?

    • Rob says:

      Jose, we have a new Police Chief coming in and I’d love to see a better use of data and Social Media. If I get an interview with her, I’ll be sure to bring this up. Thanks for following.

  2. GBR says:

    We should immediately canvas our compact city with night vision capable cameras and monitor each and every block via live CCTV. There is zero expectation of privacy on public streets, and CCTV monitoring would facilitate real-time police response and deter the stick-up-kids and smash-and-grabbers who prey on our neighbors. Indeed, word that EPD means business will quickly spread through criminal networks.

    Security must be our highest priority. We will hemorrhage talented, civic-minded professionals and deter business investment if we regress to the E’Ville of yore.

    • Anonymous says:

      What about the drones? It’s no fun unless there are drones. If you’re going to make goofy suggestions, there must be drones.

      And sharks with lasers. Lots of duly deputized, peace keeping sharks with lasers. Nobody better f— with Emeryville and our laser shark patrol.

    • Rob says:

      I was thinking more along the lines of better community policing and use of social media but I’ll try to squeeze in these recommendations if I can. Thanks!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Excellent work, Rob, thanks for this invaluable monthly report.

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