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December 2016 Emeryville Crime Report: Crimes reported for the year up 18%

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The final monthly Emeryville Crime Report report of 2016 coincided with the busy Holiday shopping season and an influx of visitors to our shopping centers. Not surprisingly, this came with an increase in crimes reported. December saw 210 total crimes reported (up from 193 in November or +9%).

For the year, Emeryville saw an 18% increase in total crimes reported. Violent Crimes, which were up 34% for the year, saw the largest increases in simple assaults (+59%) and Robberies (+49%). There were no Homicides and a decline in Rapes and Carjackings reported.

Property Crimes were up 16% for the year with the largest increases seen in Residential Burglaries (+39%) and Petty Theft (+28%).  The only decline among the Property Crimes categories were in Commercial Burglaries which saw a -18% drop.


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 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

Urban Outfitters, 5903 Shellmound St.: Two suspects entered the business, selected and concealed merchandise, and exited the store without paying. As the store employee attempted to recover the merchandise, both suspects punched the store employee and fled the store. LOSS: Miscellaneous clothing. Suspects: #1 Black male, 20-25 years old, wearing a blue jacket and red shoes. #2 Black female, 20-25 years old, wearing a green jacket and blue jeans.

District 5

The Gap, 5690 Bay St.: Four females concealed clothing in a bag and attempted to leave the store without paying. As the employee grabbed the merchandise from one of the suspects, the suspect punched the employee. The suspects then fled the store with the loss. LOSS: Miscellaneous clothing. Suspects: #1 Female, unknown race, wearing a white pom-pom hat, long braids, and a light-colored jacket. #2 Black female with short red hair, no further description. #3 and #4 Black females, no further description.
Four Points Sheraton, 1603 Powell St.: A male suspect knocked on a female guest’s door. Once she opened the door, the suspect forced his way inside and robbed the victim. The victim thought she saw a handgun in the suspect’s pocket. LOSS: Approximately $700 cash. Suspect: Male, race unknown, light complexion, reddish-brown beard, 28-30 years old, 6’2”, with a muscular build, wearing a black sweat suit.

District 6

Stanford & Peladeau: A male suspect approached a female from behind and forcefully took the females cell phone from her hands. LOSS: iPhone 7 Plus. Suspect: Black male, 20-29 years old, small stature, wearing a red sweatshirt, and black jeans.

District 7

CVS Pharmacy, 4349 San Pablo Ave. A shoplifter selected two items and attempted to leave the store without paying. A store employee asked for the items back and the suspect complies. The suspect then punches the employee and flees the area. Suspect: Black male, 6’0”, 170 lbs., brown hair, brown eyes, wearing a black hat and blue jeans.
CVS Pharmacy, 4349 San Pablo Ave.: A shoplifter concealed alcoholic beverages in a bag and attempted to leave the store without paying. The shoplifter pushed the store employee and threatened to punch the employee in the face. LOSS/Recovered: (4) bottles of liquor. Suspect: Black male, 36-39 years old, 5’10”, 190 lbs., wearing a green shirt and green pant.

District 8

7-Eleven, 4000 San Pablo Ave: A shoplifter concealed food items and attempted to leave the store without paying. The shoplifter threatened to punch the employee and made a striking gesture to employee and fled the store with the loss. LOSS: Rice Krispy and Cracker Jacks. Suspect: Black male, early 30s, close cut beard, 5’8”, 150 lbs., wearing a red Santa Claus hat with leopard print around the head band and ball, and a red puffy jacket, and dark saggy jeans.
3800 block of Adeline St.: A male victim was robbed at gunpoint. LOSS: A duffel bag containing 10 lbs. of medical marijuana, each bag labeled Humboldt Legends. Suspect: Black male, 28 years old, wearing a black hoodie with a gray fleece lining and dark jeans. Suspect Vehicle: 90s Ford Thunderbird, gray with tinted windows, license plate unknown.

District 9

Nordstrom’s Rack, 3839 Emery St. #100: A shoplifter selected merchandise and exited the store without paying. The shoplifter struck the loss prevention officer on the face as he pushed pass the officer with the loss. LOSS: Miscellaneous clothing. Suspect: Black male, 6’0”, 30-40 years old wearing a black puffy jacket, blue jeans, and black and white shoes.
At Eyebrow Plus, 1199 40th St., #104: A male suspect stole an unknown amount of money from the tip jar. The victim attempted to get the money back, however the suspect slapped her hand and fled the business on foot with the loss. Suspect: Hispanic male, 20-25 years old, 5’11”, 140 lbs., wearing a black hat, a plaid shirt, and blue jeans.


District 5

IFO Hyatt Place, 5700 Bay St.: Multiple gun shots were fired at a vehicle. There were no injured parties and no suspects located at the scene.
Sleep Train, 5703 Christie Ave.: Four juveniles entered the store and began jumping on mattresses. When approached by store personnel, the juveniles threatened to assault one employee and attempted to stun the manager with a stun gun. Suspects: #1 Black male 11-12 years old, wearing a black jacket, blue jeans, and black shoes. #2 Black male, 15 years old, 5’10”, 220 lbs., wearing a brown jacket, blue jeans and brown boots. #3 Black male,15 years old, wearing a Red Nike hoodie, no further description. #4 Black female, 15 years old, with braided hair and wearing a gray hoodie.


District 2

6121 Hollis St.: West lot (Construction site): An unknown suspect entered the chain linked fence surrounding the construction site and used a drill to defeat the pad locks for the metal storage containers. One pad lock was defeated. LOSS: Several hand and power tools.

District 5

5616 Bay St., Garage Level B2: An unknown suspect stole (2) 55” Samsung T.V.s that were stored in an electrical room. There was no sign of forced entry.

District 7

Larry Carlson CPA, 1398 55th St.: POE: Open bathroom window. LOSS: Laptop and a ceramic vase.

District 8

Lanesplitter Pizza, 3645 San Pablo Ave.: POE: East window – Smashed. LOSS: T.V. Suspect: Male, unknown race, wearing a white hat, black jacket and dark pant.


District 4

3300 Powell St., A43 (Marina): POE: Boat window was forced open. LOSS: A laptop. A second burglary occurred on this boat, in which an unknown suspect unlawfully entered the unlocked boat and stole jewelry.
3310 Powell St., C19 (Marina): POE: Unknown, no sign of forced entry to the boat. LOSS: A Lincoln Power Mig 210 MP welding machine.
4 Commodore Dr. #442: The victim was robbed in Oakland, in which her house keys were taken. POE: Front door no force, possible key entry. LOSS: Jewelry.

District 8

4308 Salem St.: POE: Bedroom door window – Smashed. LOSS: (2) Laptops, an iPad, an (2) T.V.s. At 4119 Adeline St., POE: Unlocked bathroom window. LOSS: (4) Laptops.


Of the 11 vehicles reported stolen:

  • 5 vehicles were recovered intact
  • 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.

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

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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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