March 2020 Emeryville Crime Report: Crime Data Plummets Amid Ongoing Shelter Order

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The March, 2020 Emeryville Crime Report saw 146 crimes reported (down from the 169 reported in February). Both property and violent crime data saw drops from the previous month. It was the third consecutive month that saw a drop in crimes reported.

Both Petty Thefts and Auto Burglaries, generally the two the highest reported crimes, dipped to among the lowest numbers we’ve seen. At least some of the plummeting crime can presumably be attributed to the shelter order that was issued on March 17. There are fewer so-called “crimes of opportunity” with shuttered hotels, fewer open stores and emptier parking lots.

Overall, crimes reported for 2019 are on an 25% downward trajectory from last year.


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.

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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 7

1400 block of 40th St.: An elderly female reports being sexually assaulted, however she’s not sure if the incident was a dream or reality.


District 4

Emeryville Marina, 3310 Powell St.: A robbery at gunpoint occurred. LOSS: $300 cash and a wedding ring. SUSPECT: Male, 6’0, 200 lbs., wearing a brown jacket and blue jeans.

District 5

Sephora, 5626 Bay St.: Two shoplifters committed a strong-arm robbery. LOSS: Cosmetics. SUSPECTS: A male and female, 19-25 years old, wearing puff coats.

District 6

IFO Grifols, 4560 Horton St.: A Grifols employee was robbed at gunpoint. LOSS: A black Coach Purse, iPhone, and tote bag. SUSPECT: Male, 40-50 years old, 5’8”, wearing a white beanie, a camouflage jacket, and light colored sweat pants.

District 8

IFO 7-Eleven, 4000 San Pablo Ave.: A fight occurred between to males resulting in one male going through the other male’s pockets removing coins. EPD arrested the suspect shortly thereafter.

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Aggravated Assault

District 1

5800 block of Beaudry St.: An argument over finances resulted in a man attempting to smother his wife with a pillow. EPD arrested the suspect shortly thereafter.

District 2

6200 block of Doyle St.: A domestic violence incident resulted in the male throwing a rubber mallet and a vacuum cleaner at his girlfriend and her daughter. EPD arrested the suspect shortly thereafter.

District 3

6363 block of Christie Ave.: A domestic violence incident resulted in the female running over her boyfriend with his vehicle. The victim sustained a minor knee injury and did not request medical. EPD arrested the girlfriend shortly thereafter.

District 9

Parking lot of Pak N Save, 3889 San Pablo Ave.: An argument between patrons regarding social distancing resulted in the male deliberately backing his car into the female’s car two or three times.

Commercial Burglary:

District 2

Los Moles, 1320 65th St.: POE: Front door – Glass panel removed. LOSS: (2) Cash registers both containing $150 dollars.

Sunderstorm 6613 Hollis St.: ATTEMPT, a crowbar was found wedged between the rear door’s frame.

5835 Doyle St. STE#C, POE: Door – Glass break. LOSS: None.

District 3

6251 Shellmound St., (apartment under construction) POE: South side door – Pried. LOSS: None, door knob damaged.

District 5

The Ave Leasing Office, 5684 Bay St.: POE: Door – Pried. LOSS: (11) Amazon packages opened with contents missing, a laptop, an iPad, and (3) rent checks.

Zumiez, 5677 Bay St. (ATTEMPT): Bay Street Security saw a male suspect with a crowbar attempting to break into the business. When EPD arrived on the scene, the suspect entered a vehicle occupied by a male passenger and fled the scene. SUSPECT VEHICLE: 2012 Lexis, 4-Door, black, with a felony warrant out of Daly City.

Sleep Number, 5683 Bay St. (ATTEMPT): POE: An unknown suspect forced a small hole through the wall next to the emergency door. No entry was made.

Bay Street Mall Kiosk across from P.F. Chang (ATTEMPT): POE: Window – Male suspect threw an object at the window and left the area.

Residential Burglary

District 4

X Commodore Dr. POE: Bicycle storage locker. LOSS: Bicycle seat and post.

District 8

10XX 41st St., ATTEMPT, POE: Front door, rear door, and rear window – Pried. No entry made.

11XX 40th St., POE: Bicycle storage locker. LOSS: (2) Bicycles.


Of the 9 vehicles reported stolen:

  • 5 vehicles were recovered intact
  • 1 vehicles was recovered but damaged or stripped
  • 3 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

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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. It appears the race of robbery suspects is being intentionally omitted. There are complete descriptions minus the race?. Why???

    Is EPD pursuing some kind of political objective by withholding the race of suspects?

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