February 2019 Emeryville Crime Report: Home Burglaries Trending Upward, Auto Burglaries Continue Surge

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The February 2019 Emeryville Crime Report saw 238 total crimes reported for the month (down from the 247 reported in January).

Auto burglaries continued their resurgence after a modest 10% decline throughout 2018. The 141 reports for the month are the highest monthly total we have on record (up 55% from last year). While it’s still too early in the year to project, residential burglaries are also showing a concerning trend upward.

Overall, crimes reported for 2019 are on an 20% upward 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. A more comprehensive and chronological list of these crimes can be viewed in the City’s Monthly Progress report (Page 52).

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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 9

Rear of Pak N Save, 3889 San Pablo Ave.: A female was raped by a male acquaintance. EPD later arrested the suspect.


District 4

Hilton Garden Inn, 1800 Powell St.: A male suspect robbed a female acquaintance. LOSS: A purse.

District 5

Uniqlo, 5606 Bay St.: A female shoplifter pepper sprayed a store employee as she fled with store merchandise. The employee recovered the loss. LOSS/RECOVERED: Uniqlo baby clothes.

District 5

IFO the Alameda County Fire Station, 2333 Powell St.: An argument ensued between friends resulting in the male robbing his female friend of her wallet and cigarettes. Suspect: Male, 6’0”, 330 lbs. EPD arrested the suspect shortly thereafter.

IFO the AMC Bay Street 16, 5614 Bay St., #220: An attempted robbery occurred. A male juvenile attempted to grab a females’ cell phone from her hand. EPD arrested the juvenile shortly thereafter.

District 7

Oaks Card Club, 4097 San Pablo Ave.: An attempted robbery occurred. A male suspect walked towards a card table, pulled out a handgun, and attempted to grab a pile of chips on the table. However, an Oaks employee grabbed the suspect from behind and thwarted the crime. The suspect pointed the gun at the employee and then fled the area. LOSS: None. Suspect: Male, wearing a black or blue hooded sweatshirt, black shorts, tall black socks, and rose-tinted sunglasses.

In District 8

IFO 10XX 41st St.: An attempted robbery occurred. A male recycling items attempted to grab another male’s cell phone from his hand. EPD arrested the suspect shortly thereafter.

District 9

Home Depot, 3838 Hollis St.: A male shoplifter from previous thefts, selected merchandise, proceeded through the self-check registers without paying, and exited the store. Loss Prevention agents approached the suspect and noticed the butt of a handgun in the suspect’s waistband. The suspect then fled the store. EPD arrested the suspect shortly thereafter. The gun was not recovered.

Subway, 3999 San Pablo Ave.: A suspect simulated a gun and demanded cash from the register. Suspect: Male, 22-24 years old, 5’9”, medium build, wearing a black or gray hoodie with a black mask covering the lower half of his face. LOSS: $100.

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Aggravated Assault:

District 4

Chevy’s Restaurant, 1890 Powell St.: A patron threw a glass cup at an employee. The employee sustained an injury.

District 9

Parking lot of Starbucks Coffee, 3839 Emery St.: A domestic violence incident resulted in a man hitting his wife with a hard object. The husband was gone on our arrival.

Commercial Burglary

District 4

3306 Powell St., (Storage container): POE: Lock slipped. LOSS: A generator and tools.

3300 Powell St., (Storage Locker): POE: Lock cut. LOSS: A hand truck, camp stove and plumbing fittings.

District 7

Los Contaros, 4115 San Pablo Ave.: POE: Rear door – Pried. LOSS: $1403.03 cash.

Emeryville City Hall, 1333 Powell St.: POE: Unknown – No signs of forced entry. LOSS: A pot.

Residential Burglary

District 1

12XX Ocean Ave.: POE: Garage door. LOSS: Unknown.

District 2

64XX Hollis St.: The outgoing mail box was pried open. LOSS: Unknown. Suspect: Male wearing a brown jacket and blue jeans, carrying a small crowbar.

14XX 65th St.: POE: Apartment door – Unlocked. LOSS: (2) computers.

District 8

10XX 48th St., POE: Front door – Unlocked, and one person was home asleep. LOSS: (2) Jewelry boxes.

39XX Adeline St.: Two burglaries occurred. POE: Door – pried. LOSS: (2) bicycles.


Of the 10 vehicles reported stolen:

  • 6 vehicle was recovered intact
  • 1 vehicles were 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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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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