October 2017 Emeryville Crime Report: Two Rapes reported, Auto Burglaries Top 1000 ‘milestone’

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The October 2017 Emeryville Crime report saw 291 total crimes reported for the month (up from 237 in September or +23%). There were two rapes reported for the month, both in the District 5 area that encompasses Bay Street and three of our city’s five hotels. Auto burglaries continued their troubling pace with 140 reports for the month surpassing 1000 reports for the year. With two months remaining in 2017, our city’s reported crimes have nearly surpassed the entire total from last year.

Total crimes reported for the year are on an +18% trajectory from 2016.

The EPD completed their migration to new crime statistic platform by LexisNexis that provides more detailed analytics of crime in our city including a “heat map” layer and customizable filters.


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.

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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 5

5600 block of Bay St.: A female reported being raped by a male acquaintance.
1603 block of Powell St.: A female reported being raped by a male acquaintance


District 5

5600 block of Bay St.: A female was robbed of her cell phone. Suspects: (2) males.
Zumiez, 5677 Bay St.: Three female shoplifters entered the store, stuffed clothing in bags and used force flee the store without paying.
Near the Courtyard by Marriot, 5555 Shellmound St.: A male suspect brandished a firearm and robbed a female of her cell phone.
At Lenscrafters, 5707 Christie Ave.: A shoplifter entered the store, selected several pairs of designer glasses from the display and used force to flee the store without paying.

District 7

Wings Stop, 4133 San Pablo Ave.: An older male stole an employee’s phone from the counter and intimidated the employee when she asked him to return the phone. The employee continued to ask for her phone, the suspect returned the phone and fled the area.

District 9

Nordstrom Rack, 3839 Emery St., # 100: A female shoplifter selected clothing and left the store without paying. Loss Prevention attempted to recover the merchandise and a brief struggle ensued. The suspect fled with one pair of jeans, and Loss Prevention recovered the other clothing.
Toys R Us, 3938 Emery St.: A female shoplifter concealed merchandise in her purse and used force to flee the store without paying.
Pak N Save, 3889 San Pablo Ave.: A female shoplifter selected and concealed seafood in her back pack and used forced to flee without paying.

District 10

Target, 1555 40th St.: A female shoplifter concealed merchandise and used force to flee the store without paying. EPD arrested the suspect shortly thereafter.
Target, 1555 40th St.: A male shoplifter brandished a knife at Loss Prevention to flee the store with concealed merchandise. EPD arrested the suspect shortly thereafter.


District 5

Sephora, 5626 Bay St.: A detained shoplifter became angry, grabbed a pair of scissors and charged at the loss prevention officer.

District 7

Oaks Club parking lot: An irate patron attempted to run over a security guard with his vehicle. EPD arrested the suspect shortly thereafter.


District 2

62nd/Horton St., (Construction site): POE: Window, wire screen cut and bent open. LOSS: (2) CCTV Cameras. Suspects: (2) Males, and (1) Female.

District 7

City Hall, 1333 Park Ave.: POE: Unknown. An unknown suspect gained access to the building and slept there. LOSS: Laptop.


District 4

3310 Powell St.: (Boat) POE: Main entrance – lock cut. LOSS: Outboard motor, a sail, and an antenna.

District 7

1300 block of Powell St.: An attempted burglary occurred. An unknown suspect attempted to pry the front door open, but did not make entry.

District 8

1000 block of 47th St.: A male forced open his girlfriend’s front door and took their two-month-old son. The father returned their son and was arrested by EPD.


Of the 14 vehicles reported stolen:

  • 7 vehicles were recovered intact
  • 1 vehicle was recovered but damaged
  • 1 vehicle had minor striping
  • 2 vehicles are still outstanding
  • 1 vehicles was a motorcycle

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 Comment

  1. What is the definition of “male acquaintance”? I’m asking because I wanted to know if the two rape cases were by random men or if there was some sort of history between the men and women in each incident? Both are scary and important to address, but for folks not involved in these cases, the former is more worrisome.

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