October Emeryville Crime Report: Auto Burglaries Continue to Plague Bay Street Mall Area

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Whenever I have a guest from the suburbs over in my generally safe Park Avenue neighborhood, I alert them to not leave any valuables in plain sight. “Oh I just have a box of clothes I’m donating to the Goodwill in the back seat”. “No, nothing” I tell them (How is a thief to know what’s in there?). What you think is common sense to all, is not necessarily the case with visitors to our retail-laden interior and valuables (and not so valuable items) continue to be left in plain sight.

“Our main issue is the increase in auto burglaries. We are experiencing auto burglaries citywide” noted EPD Crime Analyst Adrienne Robinson. “The hot spot areas are in Reporting District 5, which includes the Bay Street Mall, the Black Bear Diner/Sheraton parking lot area, and the Powell St Plaza. There are multiple suspect descriptions. We did identify two suspects and we arrested two people who were responsible for breaking into a vehicle at the Black Bear Diner. Suspects are targeting Luggage, backpacks, laptop bags, briefcases and purses. All of these items are known for containing small electronics, such as laptops, iPads, cameras, etc. Auto burglary is a crime of opportunity. As long as people leave valuables inside of their cars, there will be an opportunity for a thief to break in. It takes about five to ten seconds to smash a window, reach in and grab valuables.”



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.



Unknown Location: The Police Department received a report from a Bay Area hospital noting that a female went out drinking with friends. The next morning, the female woke up, naked, laying next to a strange man. The female believed she was on the 4th floor of an apartment at an unknown location in Emeryville. The female believed she was raped, however she could not remember anything, and is not cooperating with the investigation.


District 2:

1309 66th St.: Three suspects pulled a male victim out of his vehicle at gunpoint and removed a cell phone from the victim’s pocket. The suspects attempted to take the victim’s vehicle, however was unsuccessful because the car would not start. Suspects: (3) Black males, 17-20 years old.

District 8:

3610 Peralta St. #113: A residential robbery occurred. Two suspects entered the residence. The victim knew one of the suspects. The unknown suspect punched the female victim in the face. LOSS: Keys and the victim’s vehicle. EPD recovered the vehicle unoccupied on Filbert St. in Oakland..

District 9:

Home Depot, 3838 Hollis St.: Two shoplifters selected and concealed merchandise, and exited the store without paying. Loss Prevention detained one of the suspects and was punched on the chin. LOSS/Recovered: Saw blades. EPD arrested the suspect shortly thereafter.


District 8:

South Bay Health and Insurance Services, 3850 San Pablo Ave.: A male suspect entered the business and stole an employee’s keys. Later that morning, the suspect returned and carjacked the vehicle. The victim confronted the suspect, the suspect threatened to punch the victim, and fled the area on foot. EPD arrested the suspect shortly thereafter.


District 4:

Emeryville Marina, 3310 Powell St.: A male suspect swerved his vehicle towards another male who had to step out of the way to avoid being hit by the suspect. EPD arrested the suspect shortly thereafter.

District 5:

Bay Street Apartments 5684 Bay St.: a male suspect punched and kicked his girlfriend multiple times.

District 8:

Temescal Creek Park 1000 48th St.: A juvenile suspect fired a pellet gun at a 6-year-old boy causing a raised red welt on his back. Suspect: Black male juvenile 12-15 years old, accompanied by a Black male and a Black female, both juveniles.

District 9:

Parking lot of Radio Shack, 3839 Emery St.: Three suspects shoplifted merchandise and exited the store without paying. The suspects later drove up to a security guard and threw a knife, which struck the guards patrol vehicle. Suspects: #1 Black Male 20-29 years old, #2 Black Male 20-29 years old, #3 Black female, 20-29 years old. Suspect Vehicle: Acura, 4-Door, black in color.


District 1:

Affymatrix Inc.: POE: Window- Smashed. LOSS: A computer.

District 2:

Italics, 6598 Hollis St. POE: Front door- Window smash. LOSS: (3) Computers.

District 3:

Public Storage, 6501 Shellmound St. POE: Mesh wire covering the unit. LOSS: A bicycle, tools and jewelry.

District 5:

Chase Bank, 5747 Christie Ave.: An unknown suspect used glue rat traps to defeat the night deposit box. It is unknown if the suspect was successful in removing deposits.

District 7

Los Cantaros Taqueria, 4115 San Pablo Ave.: POE: West door- Pried. LOSS: $10,000 from the safe.

District 9

Bridgecourt Apartments Leasing Office, 1325 40th St.: POE: Office door- Pried. LOSS: A computer and a,resident’s package.
Home Depot, 3838 Hollis St.: A suspect attempted refund fraud by using a fraudulent driver license. EPD arrested the suspect shortly thereafter.



District 2:

55 Glashaus Loop: POE: Garage door. LOSS: Bicycle.

District 4:

Marina 3310 Powell St.: An unknown suspect reached in to a boat attempting to remove a bicycle. The victim called the police and the suspect was arrested.
2 Commodore Dr., #D374: POE: Front door- An unknown suspect attempted to pry the front door open with negative results. LOSS: None.

District 8:

4328 Salem St.: Laundry room window. LOSS: None.


(9) Vehicles were recovered, (4) of which were recovered intact, (3) vehicles were damaged, (1) Vehicle had major stripping, (1) vehicle was damaged and stripped.

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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