June Emeryville PD Crime Report: Rash of Commercial Burglaries plague Park Avenue District

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The Emeryville Police Crime Report for June includes 189 total crimes (down from 203 in May). The normally tranquil neighborhood of Park Avenue experienced a series of commercial burglaries with Plum Organics in particular being hit three times. Plum was also hit back in April in a smash & grab type robbery. Grifols Pharmaceutical also experienced a break-in where several laptops were taken. The speculation points to a correlation with the ongoing open-air drug market and encampments behind Target on Beach Street serving as cover and draw for criminal activity. The City of Oakland recently installed fencing along the railroad track area to discourage this.



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:

IFO 1250 63rd St.: A robbery at gunpoint occurred. A male suspect approached a male victim at gunpoint and took the victim’s property. The suspect then fled in a vehicle driven by a second suspect. LOSS: Backpack containing personal items and a pair of shoes. Suspects: #1 Tongan/Pacific Islander, 18-23 years old, 5’9”, 180-200 lbs., wearing a gray hoodie and blue jeans. #2 Black male, 18-23 years old, with dreadlocks, wearing a dark hoodie. Suspect Vehicle: Dark sedan.

District 3:

Public Market near Urban Outfitters, 5903 Shellmound St.: An attempted robbery occurred, a female was tazed on her face while the suspects attempted to take her purse. EPD arrested the suspects shortly thereafter. Suspects: Three Black female juveniles, 15-16 years old.
Christie Ave/64th St.: A robbery at gunpoint occurred. LOSS: $50 cash and two cell phones. Suspects: #1 Black male, 5’7”, heavy-set, a beard, wearing a black hoodie. #2 Black male, 5’9”, thin build, a mustache, wearing a black hoodie.

District 4:

Watergate Market, 2390 Powell St.: A shoplifter selected and concealed a bottle of wine in his backpack. The suspect then shoved the store clerk and fled the store.

District 8:

IFO 4322 Essex St.: Two suspects robbed four victims at gunpoint. LOSS: Personal items, watches, and an iPad. Suspects: #1 Black male, 5’8”, 175, wearing a black hoodie and blue jeans. #2 Black male, 6’0”, with dreadlocks, black hoodie and colorful tennis shoes (Orange and Purple). Suspect Vehicle: Black sedan.

District 9:

Parking lot of Michael’s, 3991 Hollis St.: A robbery at gunpoint occurred. LOSS: A Sony digital camera with microphone. Suspects: #1 Black male, 20-30 years old, wearing a black hooded sweat shirt and blue jeans. #2 Black male, 20-30 years old, wearing a gray hooded sweat shirt and blue jeans. Suspect Vehicle: Blue SUV type vehicle.


District 7:

Stanford west of Beaudry St.: A carjacking occurred. Suspects: Three Black males. EPD recovered the vehicle and arrested the suspects shortly thereafter.


District 6:

Broken Rack 5768 Peladeau St.: An argument ensued between two men, which resulted in one male striking the other male on the head with a pool stick. EPD arrested the suspect shortly thereafter.

District 9:

Parking lot of Pak n Save, 3889 San Pablo Ave.: A gun battle occurred between two suspect vehicles.


District 1:

Bhava, 1351 Ocean Ave.: POE: Front door – Pried. LOSS: None.
Ratcliff Architects, 5856 Doyle St.: POE: Front door – Pried (Attempt only).

District 2:

F’Real Foods, 6121 Hollis St., #500: POE: Front door – Pried. LOSS: Cannondale bicycle.
At Pictopia.com, 1300 66th St., #500: POE: Window. LOSS: None. It appears someone was sleeping in the vacant building.

District 6:

Plum Organics, 1485 Park Ave.: Robbed three times. POE: East window smashed. LOSS: Several Laptops, luggage, filming equipment, and a backpack.
Grifols, 5301 Horton St.: POE: Front door – Pried. LOSS: (4) Laptops.

District 7:

ScanArt, 1259 Park Ave.: POE: Front door – Pried. LOSS: None. At Collaborative Classroom, 1250 53rd St., #3 POE: West side window smashed. LOSS: Computer.
The Gap, 5690 Shellmound St.: Two suspects entered the store with empty bags concealed in their pants. The suspects removed the bags, filled them with clothing, and fled to an awaiting vehicle. Suspects: Black males 25-35 years old, wearing white shirts and blue jeans.


District 3:

Bridgewater Apartments, 6401 Shellmound St., #8111: POE: Door – Pried with a knife by an ex-girlfriend. LOSS: None.
6401 Shellmound St., #7410: POE: Unknown. LOSS: PlayStation and a Gucci purse.

District 5:

Four Points Sheraton, 1603 Powell St.: POE: Room door. LOSS: Cell phone. Suspect: Black male, 5’6”, 140 lbs., brown eyes, brown hair, wearing a red, white, and blue sweater and blue jeans.


Mid to late 90s vehicles, various makes/models were stolen. Seven vehicles were recovered intact, five 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.



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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.


  1. One of the drawbacks to releasing inmate from prison early, in order to help with over crowding of the prison system, is an increase in certain types of crime. Unfortunately, robbing and stealing are the way some people make a living. Stealing can be both white and blue collar. I have heard college-educated people tease out a self-righteous sense of entitlement and spell out their intention to steal.

    We live in a tough economy. The job market is difficult especially for people with limited employability skills and for people that do not know the difference between right and wrong.

    It is sad to see high crime statistics in a small area like Emeryville.

  2. Keep apologizing for these violent criminals, but eventually when it happens you or a loved one, you’ll change your tune.

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