May EPD Crime Report: Spike in Auto Burglaries reflects 26% Property Crime Jump.

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The Emeryville PD Crime Report for May includes 203 total crimes (up from 164 in March). A large component of this jump were the 70 auto burglaries filed (up 49% from April). The average for the month of May over the last three years is 53. Half of these occurred in the “Christie Core” areas of District 3 & 5. Nearly 3/4 of the Petty Theft crimes occurred in the East Bay Bridge Shopping Area (Target/Home Depot). Violent crimes in the city remained flat.



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 4:

7 Commodore Dr.: A male suspect forced his way through his ex-girlfriend’s bedroom window. The suspect punched his ex-girlfriend, stole her laptop and fled the area.

District 7:

CVS Pharmacy 4349 San Pablo Ave.: A shoplifter filled a bag with toiletries and exited the store without paying. A store employee contacted the suspect outside the store and attempted to retrieve the merchandise. The suspect threatened the employee, pulled the bag away and fled on a bicycle. Suspect: Black female, 40’s, wearing a turquoise hoody.

District 8:

Emeryville Market, 4330 San Pablo Ave.: A robbery at gunpoint occurred. LOSS: $3200. Suspect: Black male, wearing a multi-colored hat, a blue sweat jacket and blue jeans.
1063 45th St.: An argument between boyfriend/girlfriend resulted in the boyfriend pushing the girlfriend, taking the girlfriend’s purse, and fleeing the area.

District 9:

Home Depot 3838 Hollis St.: A shoplifter selected a drill and walked out of the store without paying for the merchandise. Loss prevention agents contacted the suspect outside of the store. The suspect punched the loss prevention officer, dropped the drill and fled the area. The loss was recovered.
Home Depot, 3838 Hollis St.: A shoplifter selected merchandise and walked out of the store without paying for the items. Loss prevention agents contacted the suspect outside the store. The suspect then pulled a knife, and during the process of subduing the suspect, one of the loss prevention agents suffered a minor cut on his hand. EPD arrested the suspect shortly thereafter.
Sports Authority, 3839 Emery St., #300: A shoplifter selected and concealed merchandise and exited the store without paying. Two loss prevention agents attempted to apprehend the suspect. The suspect fought with the agents and threatened to have a gun. Suspect: Black male, 30s, 6’0”, 180 lbs., wearing a black sweater and blue jeans. LOSS: (4) pairs of women shoes. Suspect Vehicle: White Chevy truck with a camper shell, and a possible North Carolina license plate, unknown license plate number.


District 1:

1269 Peabody Lane: A physical altercation between roommates resulted in one roommate getting stabbed in the hand.

District 5:

4400 block of Shellmound St.: A male suspect intentionally veered his vehicle into his co-workers vehicle while they were both driving. One other passenger was in the victim’s vehicle during the assault. There were no injuries.
Sephora, 5626 Bay St.: A shoplifter concealed merchandise in a bag and exited the store without paying. The loss prevention agent grabbed the bag recovering the loss and followed the suspect. When the suspect reached her vehicle, she pepper sprayed the loss prevention agent and fled the area.

District 7:

Grato Burgers, 4125 San Pablo Ave. A suspect punched the owner in the jaw and threatened to cut his throat. EPD arrested the suspect shortly thereafter. A razor blade was recovered.


District 2:

Aspera Inc., 5900 Hollis St.: An attempted burglary occurred. An unknown suspect attempted to pry open the front door. Suspect: White male, 50s, 5’7”, 240lbs, wearing a brown watch cap, a black Raider’s shirt, a black jacket and blue jeans.
F’Real Foods, 6121 Hollis St., #500: POE: Front door – Door handle broken off. LOSS: Apple desktop monitor.

District 3:

Nady Systems, 6701 Shellmound St.,: POE: Window – Plywood removed. LOSS: Collector’s items, AM/FM radio, microphones, bass guitar, X-Box games, and a leather briefcase.
Nady Systems, 6701 Shellmound St.,: POE: Unknown suspect(s) cut through the fence, then pried open the rear door. LOSS/Recovered: Music equipment. Suspect(s) abandoned a stolen vehicle at the scene.
In Shape 6005 Shellmound St.: a customer’s locker was broken into. LOSS: Wallet.

District 5:

Len’s Crafter’s, 5707 Christie Ave.,: POE: Front door – Pried. LOSS: Several pairs of designer glasses.
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:

6399 Christie Ave., #258: POE: Front door – Pried. LOSS: Miscellaneous jewelry and gift cards.
6399 Christie Ave., #354: POE: Front door – Pried. LOSS: Head phones, Wallet, a selfie stick, and $10 cash.

District 4:

3300 Powell St., B30 (Boat): POE: Window – Latch defeated. LOSS: A laptop, a drill, a watch, and sunglasses.


Ford vans and Acura Integra’s were popular. (1) vehicle was recovered intact, (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.



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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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