January 2019 Emeryville Crime Report: Armed ATM Robberies, Urban Outfitters Robbed 3X, Auto Burgs Jump

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The January 2019 Emeryville Crime Report saw 247 total crimes reported for the month (up from the 219 reported in December).

Auto burglaries jumped dramatically with the Emeryville Peninsula being hit particularly hard (37 for the month). Auto burglaries had their highest monthly total in over a year.

Our city also witnessed a disturbing trend of armed Robberies at bank ATM’s with one at a Wells Fargo branch (January 7th) and another at Chase (January 10th). The crime blotter notes that our city’s incidents may be connected with a similar incident in Newark. Four teenagers were recently arrested for allegedly staging as many as nineteen armed robberies of ATM users across the Bay Area over the last two months. Emeryville is not among the cities listed in the report that includes Oakland and San Leandro.


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 58).

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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 3

58XX block of Christie Ave.: A female was sexually assaulted by a male acquaintance.

District 7

12XX block of Park Ave.: A female transient alleged being raped and is uncooperative with the investigation.


District 2

62nd/Horton St: A male juvenile attempted to take a female’s cell phone from her hand. The victim and suspect struggled over the phone until the suspect gave up and fled the area with two other male juveniles. Suspects: Males, approximately 17 years old.

District 3

Urban Outfitters, 5903 Shellmound St.: A female used force to steal clothes valued at $1000.

Urban Outfitters, 5903 Christie Ave.: A male and female used force to steal merchandise. Part of the loss was recovered as the suspects fled the store.

Urban Outfitters, 5903 Christie Ave.: A group of suspects used forced to steal merchandise. One of the suspects dropped part of the loss while fleeing from the store. Another suspect pepper sprayed the store employee and security guard. SUSPECTS: (1) male and (3) females. SUSPECT VEHICLE: HYUNDAI, BLACK IN COLOR.

Wells Fargo Bank, 5801 Christie Ave.: Two male suspects armed with guns forced a male to withdraw money from the ATM. LOSS: $300. SUSPECT VEHICLE: OLDER MODEL ACURA, 2-DOOR, SILVER.

On the Amtrak Pedestrian Bridge: A male reached over a female and attempted to take her cell phone and purse. The victim fought off the suspect who fled the area. SUSPECT: Male teenager.

District 4

Bay Super Shell, 1800 Powell St.: A male selected merchandise, told the clerk he had a gun, and left the store. EPD arrested the suspect shortly thereafter, no gun was found. LOSS/RECOVERED: An energy drink and vitamins.

District 5

IFO Chase Bank, 5747 Christie Ave.: A female exited the secure ATM area when two males approached her and robbed her of her cash. LOSS: $100. SUSPECTS: Males wearing black masks, one suspect was armed with a handgun. SUSPECT VEHICLE: OLDER MODEL ACURA, 2-DOOR SILVER. This incident, the Wells Fargo incident, and a similar incident in Newark, CA may be related.

IFO Starbucks Coffee, 5767 Christie Ave.: A male robbed a female of her laptop and fled to an awaiting vehicle. SUSPECTS: #1 Young male. #2 and #3 males wearing beanies. SUSPECT VEHICLE: FORD, BLACK IN COLOR.

District 9

Home Depot, 3838 Hollis St.: A male juvenile used force against loss prevention agents to steal merchandise. the agents discovered a loaded firearm in the juveniles’ waistband. The agents recovered the firearm and turned it over to EPD. EPD arrested the juvenile shortly thereafter. LOSS/RECOVERED: Various tools.



Aggravated Assault:

District 1

12XX block of 63rd St.: A female was choked by her roommate’s boyfriend. The suspect fled the area prior to police arrival.

District 3

66XX block Shellmound St.: A motorist used his vehicle to purposely strike a bicyclist due to a road rage incident. EPD arrested the motorist shortly thereafter.

District 5

16XX block of Powell St.: A female was allegedly choked by a male acquaintance. The female is uncooperative with the investigation.

Commercial Burglary

District 1

YMCA, 1275 61st St.: POE: Conex box – Locks cut. LOSS/RECOVERED: Multiple tools and miscellaneous items.

District 2

58XX Horton St., #XXX: POE: Door – Forced open. LOSS: (2) Apple iPods, and miscellaneous chargers. Suspect: Male wearing dark


District 4

Hong Kong East Ocean, 3199 Powell St.: POE: Door – Shattered. LOSS: None. At

3306 Powell St.: POE: Storage Unit – Padlock cut. LOSS: Marshall’s shopping bags and a fan.

Emeryville Marina, 3310 Powell St.: POE: Storage Unit – Lock cut. LOSS: A bicycle, camping gear, and miscellaneous paperwork.

District 7

Emeryville Unified School District, 4727 San Pablo Ave.: POE: Window – Screen removed. LOSS: An iPad. At KFC, 4501 San Pablo Ave., POE: Door – Left open during a delivery. LOSS: An Amazon tablet.

Residential Burglary

District 3

63XX Christie Ave.: #XXX POE: Storage unit. LOSS: Multiple miscellaneous items. At 63XX Christie Ave #XXX an attempted burglary occurred.

63XX Christie Ave.: #XXX POE: Door. No signs of forced entry. LOSS: Clothing.

District 6

15XX Park Ave.: #XXX POE: Door – Key used. LOSS: None. The victim knows the suspect.

District 8

10XX 41st St.: POE: Back door – Unlocked. LOSS: A camera and camera lens.

38XX San Pablo Ave.: #XXX POE: Unknown – No sign of forced entry. LOSS: Jewelry, an iPad, a laptop, and shoes.


Of the 12 vehicles reported stolen:

  • 5 vehicle was recovered intact
  • 4 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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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. I think the incident you are describing “A male reached over a female and attempted to take her cell phone and purse. The victim fought off the suspect…” is actually Giants exec Larry Baer and Significant Other engaged in a bit of domestic rancor?

  2. My car got hit as part of this wave of auto burglaries. Nothing was taken since there was nothing valuable in it. People breaking windows just because…

  3. @Watergate Condos

    4 vehicles vandalized in covered garage under camera surveillance in February 19.
    @ courtyards apts broken into .
    Anonymous [ Fear of Retaliation ]

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