Emeryville Apple Store Theft Felon Gets Probation, Set Free

Published On December 8, 2018 | By Rob Arias | Crime & Public Safety, News & Commentary

Bay City News Service has been following the courtroom happenings of those recently arrested in a string of Apple Store ‘Grab & Run’ thefts. 19-year-old Joshua Jamal Cole, who was one of ten suspects charged in connection with the September 25th Emeryville store robbery, received probation and was set free.

It was not clear what role Cole played or how many of the at least four Emeryville robberies he participated in. $60,000 in merchandise was reportedly stolen during this one incident and more than $1 million in related incidents across the state.

At a brief hearing last week, Alameda County Superior Court Judge James Cramer placed Cole on three years’ probation. Cramer gave Cole credit for the time he’s already served while in custody.

Cramer, a 58 year old Piedmont resident, was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown back in 2015. Cramer is best known recently for rejecting the plea deals of Derick Almena and Max Harris in the recent Ghost Ship fire tragedy that left 36 dead.


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Cole, as noted in the report, has previous convictions this year for carrying a concealed firearm and second-degree burglary last year.

Six of the ten suspects are still in custody and two of the defendants are scheduled to be sentenced this week.

Read more on SFGate.com →

Feature Image: Mug shots provided by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office of seven of the suspects that were arrested.

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 Emeryville Apple Store Theft Felon Gets Probation, Set Free

  1. Joan Strasset says:

    Are these photos of suspects who have not been convicted?

    • Rob Arias says:

      Joan, I implore you to check out the EPD’s twitter feed which is chock full of mug shots. Criminal matters are typically public record especially when charges have been filed. This means criminal records, court records, and even mugshots are released to the public.

  2. Eric Stevens says:

    What a crime

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