July 2018 Emeryville Crime Report: Surge in Auto Burglaries fuels Property Crime Spike

Published On August 30, 2018 | By Rob Arias | Crime & Public Safety, News & Commentary

The July 2018 Emeryville Crime Report saw 241 total crimes reported for the month (up dramatically from 179 in June or +35%).

While violent crimes actually saw a significant decrease for the month, Property crimes rose substantially after a slow decline over the past few months. These increases were largely fueled by a 73% increase in auto burglaries from the prior month. Grand thefts also saw a dramatic increase from the prior month up a whopping 290% and +33% for the year.

Also troubling is the fact that rapes and carjackings have already doubled last year’s reports with four months left in the year. Petty Thefts and Aggravated Assaults have seen the largest declines from 2017.

Crimes reported for 2018 are on an overall 13% downward trajectory from last year.


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 CommunityCrimeMap.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.


RAPE:

District 4

Hilton Garden Inn, 1800 Powell St.: An attempted rape occurred. The suspect and victim are acquaintances. EPD arrested the suspect shortly thereafter.

District 8

3900 block of Adeline St.: A rape occurred. The suspect and victim were new acquaintances. Oakland Police Department sent a courtesy report to our Department reporting the incident.


CARJACKING:

District 2

64th/Doyle St.: An attempt carjacking occurred. A female victim was driving her vehicle westbound on 64th St., when suddenly a vehicle pulled alongside the victim’s vehicle, preventing the victim from proceeding. A male suspect exited the front passenger seat of the suspect vehicle and walked towards the victim as if he was going to open the victim’s vehicle door. The victim feared for her safety, put her vehicle in reverse, accelerated towards Vallejo St., and left the area. Suspect: Male, 20s, wearing dark clothing. Suspect Vehicle: Silver sedan, no further description.


ARSON:

District 3

Former Nady Systems site 6701 Shellmound St.: An unknown suspect set fire to a part of the building. The fire was contained and extinguished.


ROBBERY:

District 5

Alleyway near BevMo, 5717 Christie Ave.: A male suspect pointed a gun at a female and demanded the female’s purse. The victim complied. Afterwards the suspect fled towards the rear parking lot. Suspect: Male, 20-30 years old, 6’0” – 6’3”, short hair, clean-shaven, prescription glasses, wearing a tan or brown shirt and blue jeans.

At UNIQLO, 5606 Bay St.: A male shoplifter concealed merchandise in a bag and left the store without paying. A loss prevention agent attempted to confront the suspect, however the suspect fled. The agent chased after the suspect and saw the suspect reach into his jacket and pull out a knife. The agent backed off. EPD arrived and arrested the suspect shortly thereafter. The loss was recovered.

District 10

Target, 1555 40th St.: A male victim arranged to sell his laptop with a potential buyer from the LetGo buy/sell/trade app. Suspect #1 entered the store and spoke to the victim about the price and then left the store. Suspect #2 entered the store, approached the victim, grabbed the laptop and the victim’s iPhone from the victim’s hand and fled the store. S#1: Male,6’0”, thin build, late teens, early 20s, wearing a gray hoodie with the hood up. S#2: Male, 20s, 5’7”- 5’9”, heavyset, scruffy beard, short black hair, wearing a dark-colored sweatshirt. Suspect Vehicle: 2006-2009, Gray Honda Accord 4-Door with a rear spoiler, partial license plate 7MBXXXX.


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AGGRAVATED ASSAULT:

District 8

Lanesplitter Pizza, 3645 San Pablo Ave.: A known transient became irate and made several threats of throwing a knife at an employee. The suspect had a knife in his hand and simulated throwing the knife several times. EPD arrested the suspect shortly thereafter. Suspect: Male, 5’5”, 170 lbs., wearing a yellow hat, red plaid shirt, and blue jeans.

At 39XX Adeline St.: (3) male suspects occupying a stolen vehicle attempted to run over a male victim, who jumped out of the way, however was struck on his left leg by the vehicle. The vehicle then collided into the concrete wall of the apartment complex, backed up, and fled the area. The victim refused medical. This appears to be a random act of violence.


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COMMERCIAL BURGLARY:

District 2

Coulter Steel & Forge Co.,1494 67th St.: Employees noticed someone had entered the building and searched through lockers in the locker room. The loss is undetermined.

District 8

Oasis Pamper Bar, 3817 San Pablo Ave.: POE: Window. LOSS: Candy machine.


AUTO THEFT:

Of the 10 vehicles reported stolen:

  • 4 vehicles were recovered intact
  • 2 vehicles were recovered but damaged
  • 4 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

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.

3 Responses to July 2018 Emeryville Crime Report: Surge in Auto Burglaries fuels Property Crime Spike

  1. Anonymous says:

    It is so impressively stupid that Emeryville publishes suspect descriptions like this: “Suspect: Male, 20-30 years old, 6’0” – 6’3”, short hair, clean-shaven, prescription glasses, wearing a tan or brown shirt and blue jeans.”

    Why do they intentionally remove the suspect’s race? Why are they doing this? Are they afraid someone might actually identify a suspect? Are they afraid that people will see a trend and, god forbid, make reasonable conclusions based on that trend? Do they feel they need to hide facts that would help identify suspects to protect those suspects?

    As far as I’m aware, this was done in response to nothing more than a crazy blogger. No public discussion. No opportunity for the community to give input. Just demands from one guy with an inflated ego.

    At what point does the community get its say? Or is this just an inside political move to make the city a lot less safe in exhange for the police chief not having to take the heat from a blogger and his brother?

    The EPDs job is to protect the public, and providing a COMPLETE description of people committing crimes is a key part of that. Stop putting PC at a higher priority than public safety!

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s a fantastic way to hide any racial bias in EPD’s policing.

      If they make a habit of not reporting race to the public, then if they are only pursuing crimes by people of color, the public won’t be any the wiser. If you remove race from the public discourse, then discrimination and racial disparities can go unchecked.

      It’s actually a very clever PR move. If there is no reporting of race, there is no racism.

    • Sarah says:

      Back in the day when you could talk to a police officer, before EPD issued a statement demanding officers stop talking to the public in case they said something that didn’t tow the “city council is the best” party line, they might have told you that lately crimes were more often being committed by white people, something I found out after a 20ish yr old white guy strolled in to my condo building with an 8 inch kitchen knife and relaxed in the stairwell stealing holiday presents, while no one batted an eye, before stealing my friends bike. But since we can’t talk about race, we also can’t confront or over turn racial narratives.

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