February Emeryville PD Crime Report: 2016 Petty Theft totals on record trajectory

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The Emeryville Police Department Crime Report for February includes 168 total crimes (down from a 212 seasonal “spike” in January). The numbers were more in line with the February average of 157 crimes. Petty theft saw the sharpest month-to-month decline with a 31% drop from January. The annual petty theft totals are still on a trajectory to approach 1000 crimes and would be the highest totals on record (2014 – 618, 2015 – 835). It is not a surprise that the combined district 9/10 East Bay Bridge Shopping Center area has accounted for 60% of petty thefts and 36% of all crimes reported in the city this year.

These totals do not include crime stats for Best Buy which is completely on the Oakland side of the border. Target also rests completely on the Oakland side of the border but is patrolled by the EPD as part of a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) agreement. Emeryville has not experience a “major” crime of Homicide, Rape or Carjacking since October 2015.



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

Near the bicycle rack of IKEA, 4400 Shellmound St.: A female victim struggled with a male suspect over her purse. The male fled to an awaiting vehicle driven by a female. SUSPECT: Black male, 25 years old, light complexion with freckles, 5’10”, 160 lbs., and wearing light colored clothing. SUSPECT VEHICLE: 1999 GMC Yukon, gray.

5648 Bay St.: A group of female juveniles robbed a female resident of her purse. The juveniles discarded the purse with the contents intact. The victim recovered her purse. EPD arrested the juveniles shortly thereafter. One juvenile had a phone on her person from a previous robbery (40th/San Pablo Ave).

Trader Joe’s, 5700 Christie Ave.: A shoplifter stole an alcoholic beverage from the store. While outside of the store, a store employee grabbed for the loss and was struck on the wrist by the suspect. The loss was recovered. SUSPECT: Black female 5’6”, 215 lbs. EPD arrested the suspect shortly thereafter.

District 8

The 3600 block of Adeline St.: A domestic violence incident resulted in a male robbing his girlfriend of her laptop and car keys.

District 9

Pak n Save, 3889 San Pablo Ave.: A shoplift suspect pulled a knife on the Loss Prevention agent when the agent attempted to detain the suspect for theft. The suspect fled the area with the LOSS: Cosmetic items and one can of beer. SUSPECT: Black male, 5’8”, 160, bald, wearing a black and white flannel shirt and blue jeans.

40th/San Pablo Ave.: A strong arm robbery occurred on the Emery-Go-Round. As a group of female juveniles exited the bus, one of the juveniles snatched the victim’s phone. The victim gave chase and was eventually punched in the back of the head. The juveniles were arrested and the phone was recovered following another robbery at the Bay Street mall.

Home Depot, 3838 Hollis St.: A shoplifter punched and kicked the loss prevention officer while attempting to flee the store with the loss. LOSS/RECOVERED: Miscellaneous items. EPD arrested the suspect shortly thereafter.



District 4

The Marina, 3310 Powell St.: A domestic violence related incident occurred. An argument ensued resulting in a male suspect jabbing his girlfriend in the mouth with the end cap of a bat.


District 1

Emeryville School District building, 1275 61st St.: POE: Window – smashed. LOSS/Recovered: (2) Laptop computers. SUSPECTS: #1 Black male, 18-20 years old. #2 Black female, 21 years old. EPD arrested the female suspect shortly thereafter.

District 2

F’Real Foods, 6121 Hollis St., #500.: POE: Door – crowbar used. LOSS: (5) Laptop computers.

CMC Rebar, 6655 Hollis St.: A male and female were walking around tugging on door handles. There was no loss and no sign of forced entry. SUSPECTS: #1 White male, #2 White female with jeans.

District 3

Public Storage, 6501 Bay St.: POE: Storage locker door. LOSS: Miscellaneous Household items.

District 5

AT&T, 5691 Bay St.: An unknown suspect stole the victim’s purse in Richmond, CA. Shortly thereafter, the victim’s personal information was used to make a fraudulent purchase at AT&T in Emeryville.


District 8

1047 45th St.: POE: Kitchen window – Screen removed. LOSS: (2) Bicycles.

3801 San Pablo Ave: POE: Garage. LOSS: (3) Bicycles.

District 9

1231 40th St., #122: POE: Living room window – Screen pulled away from window frame and bent. No entry was made. ATTEMPT ONLY.


(14) vehicles reported stolen, (8) Vehicles were recovered intact, (3) Vehicles were damaged, and (1) vehicle is still outstanding. There were (2) unfounded reports (both citizens forgot where they parked their vehicles).

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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