December 2014 EPD Crime Report: Spike in Theft over the Holidays. Multiple burglaries at Avenue 64 complex

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The EPD Crime Report for December includes a whopping 115 combined Grand and Petty thefts reported over the period (A 262% jump from November). The threshold in California between Petty and Grand theft is $950. In addition, Avenue 64 experienced two break-ins that resulted in the theft of a rifle and several electronics items.



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 1:

1200 block of 64th St.: Two suspects approached a male victim and asked for for the time. The suspects then pushed the victim down, demanded the victim’s property and pistol-whipped the victim. LOSS: None. Suspects: #1 Black male, 20 years old, 6’0”, with dreadlocks, wearing a black sweatshirt. #2 Black male, 20 years old, 6’0”, wearing a red hooded sweatshirt.

District 5:

The Gap, 5690 Bay St.: Two shoplifters used force to commit a theft. One of the shoplifters kicked the Loss Prevention Agent on the leg and both suspects fled the store. LOSS: Clothing (partial loss recovered).
Sephora, 5626 Bay St.: Two shoplifters selected merchandise and exited the store without paying. Upon contact by store employees, one of the suspects pepper sprayed the employees and both fled suspects fled the scene.

District 8:

7-Eleven, 4000 San Pablo Ave.: During a protest, the business was looted. One of the suspects raised a glass beer bottle in a threatening manner at the clerk. LOSS: Miscellaneous items.

District 9:

Toys R Us, 3938 Horton St.: Four shoplifters threatened physical harm and simulated a weapon at the Loss Prevention agent. LOSS: (17) Cases of Baby formula. Suspects: (2) Black females, (2) Black males.

Home Depot, 3838 Hollis St.: A shoplifter selected merchandise and exited the store without paying. Upon contact by the Loss Prevention Agent, a struggle ensued and the suspect fled the area. LOSS/Recovered: A Diablo Sanding Disc. EPD arrested the suspect shortly thereafter.


District 3:

76 Station, 1700 Powell St.: An unknown suspect shot a male victim in the face. Suspect: 17-18 years old, 5’8”-5’9”, 150 lbs, with medium length dreads, wearing a black hoodie and black sweat pant.

District 8:

4332 Salem St.: An argument between a couple in a dating relationship resulted in the female hitting the male on the head with a bottle. EPD arrested the female shortly afterwards.

District 9:

Home Depot Parking Lot: A minor road rage incident resulted in a motorist attempting to strike a cyclist with his vehicle. Suspect Vehicle: Silver Volkswagen.


District 3:

6330 Christie Ave ( The old UA Theater): OE: Door. LOSS: Copper wire.


Avenue 64, 6399 Christie Ave., (Parking garage): A Knaack lock box was broken into. Loss: Tools.

District 5:

Calendar Games and Toys, 5686 Bay St.: POE: Front door. LOSS: Cash from the safe, a leap pad, and a robot.

District 7:

Oaks Card Club, 4097 San Pablo Ave.: A female suspect used a counterfeit credit card for cash advances. LOSS: $748.

Tom’s Computer Warehouse, 4348 San Pablo Ave.: POE: Front door-Attempt. LOSS: None.


District 2:

Courtyard Apartments, 1465 65th St.: A male suspect attempted to steal a bicycle from the stairwell. EPD arrested the suspect shortly thereafter.

District 3:

6399 Christie Ave #243: POE: Front door – Pried. LOSS: U.S. Passport, Keys, (2) laptops, and a rifle.
6399 Christie Ave #348: POE: Front door – Pried. LOSS: (2) Laptops, Jewelry, an iPad, a Kindle, (3) purses, and a computer hard drive.


Honda Accords and Civics were popular vehicles. (11) vehicles were recovered, (8) of which were recovered intact, (1) vehicle was damaged, (1) vehicle was damaged and stripped, and (1) vehicle was damaged.


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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