December 2015 Emeryville Crime Report: Spike in Simple Assaults, Sharp Decline in Mental Illness Detentions

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The Emeryville Police Crime Report for December includes 176 total crimes (down slightly from 177 in November). Simple Assault saw the sharpest increase with 22 reported incidents (monthly average is 11). Simple assault refers to causing an individual to be in fear or apprehension of an imminent battery. The crime does not involve physical contact with the victim as this could elevate the charge to Battery or Aggravated Assault. Simple Assault is a misdemeanor while Aggravated Assault is a felony.

December saw the lowest monthly total of Mental Illness Detention for the month at 9. Petty Thefts (55) and Auto Burglaries (55) again accounted for the bulk of crimes reported making up approximately 63% of all crimes (110 of 176). There were no reported violent crimes in the categories of homicides, rapes or carjackings for the month.


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.

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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 5

DB Shoes, 5777 Christie Ave.: A shoplifter concealed four pairs of shoes in her purse and exited the store without paying. The store manager and the suspect struggled over the loss. However, the suspect kicked and bit the manager and then fled. EPD arrested the suspect and recovered the loss shortly thereafter.


Ross Dress for Less, 5733 Christie Ave.: A Loss Prevention officer attempted to detain a shoplifter. However, the shoplifter punched the Loss Prevention Officer and fled with the loss. LOSS: Backpack and cell phone cover. EPD arrested the suspect and recovered the loss shortly thereafter.

District 7

1100 block of 45th St.: A female was about to enter her vehicle when a male suspect appeared and grabbed her purse. The suspect fled with the victim’s purse, removed two cell phones and discarded the purse in the area. The victim recovered her purse. Suspect: Black male, 6’0”, 140 lbs., wearing a black hoody and black pant.

District 9

Parking Lot in front of Starbucks, 3839 Emery St., #800: A male victim was robbed at gunpoint. LOSS: $70 cash, a necklace and bracelet. Suspects: Two Black males wearing black sweaters and blue jeans.

Little Caesars, 1199 40th St. #300: A male suspect simulated a firearm and removed cash from the register. LOSS: $60 cash. Suspect: Black male, 20-30 years old, wearing a black hat, a black hoody, dark pants and white shoes.

Home Depot, 3838 Hollis St.: Two suspects entered the store. One suspect stole a drill. Upon contact by loss prevention, the suspect fought with loss prevention, pulled a gun and fled the store with the loss. LOSS: Dewalt drill. Suspects: #1 Hispanic male, 30-35 years old, wearing a black hat, black shirt, and khaki pants. #2 Hispanic male, wearing a black hat, black sunglasses, a white stripped polo shirt and jeans.

District 10

Target parking lot, 1555 40th St.: A male suspect robbed a female of her purse. Suspect: Male, unknown race. No further description.
Target parking lot, 1555 40th St.: A male and female in a dating relationship got into an argument. The male half grabbed the females’ purse and fled the area. EPD arrested the suspect shortly thereafter.


District 1

5860 Beaudry St.: A domestic violence incident occurred, in which the female sustained cuts on her hands and feet from broken glass. EPD arrested the male shortly thereafter.

District 4

3 Captain Dr. #405: A physical altercation occurred between a female and her mother’s fiancé.

District 5

Bay Street Mall Garage Level 2A: A physical altercation occurred between a mother and her 17-year-old son.


District 1

Becherer Kannett & Schweitzer Law Office,1255 Powell St.: POE: Window – Smashed. No entry was made. LOSS: None.

District 2

1285 66th St.: POE: Lock box defeated. LOSS: Tools, equipment, and copper wire.

District 7

Anne Martin Center, 1375 55th St.: POE: Window – Smashed. LOSS: A 60” television.

District 8

Emeryville Recreation Center, 4300 San Pablo Ave.: POE: Window-smashed. LOSS: None. EPD arrested the suspect at the scene.


District 1

404 Liquid Sugar Dr.: Two bicycles were stolen from the garage.
1250 Ocean Ave.: POE: Garage door kicked in. LOSS: None. Suspects: #1 Black male, 17-19 years old, 6’01” wearing a zip up black sweat shirt and dark jeans. #2 Black male, 17-19 years old, 5’10”, wearing a dark baseball hat, baggy sweatshirt, white pants, and dark backpack.
5887 Beaudry St.: POE: Window. LOSS: A cell phone, a digital camera, and two women’s purses (Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs).

District 4

3310 Powell St., J10: An unknown suspect entered the vessel. LOSS: None.

District 8

4600 Adeline St., #129 POE: Window – Forced open. LOSS: A laptop, a TV, a computer monitor, keyboard and mouse, and a bicycle.
4320 Salem St.: POE: Basement door – Unlocked. LOSS: Tools, a tool bag, and a Klein Attitude XV, men’s 27 speed bicycle, serial number WL75100173.
1057 47th St.: An attempted burglary occurred. POE: Window. EPD arrested one juvenile suspect. The other suspect fled on foot. LOSS: NONE.
4119 Adeline St.: POE: Unknown. LOSS: A credit card and necklace, a laptop computer, a Kindle Fire tablet, and $2000 cash.



(15) vehicles were stolen, (7) Vehicles were recovered intact, (7) vehicles were recovered damaged, and (1) vehicle is still outstanding.

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

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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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