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El Cerrito Police Department
Tuesday November 22nd, 2022 :: 09:04 p.m. PST


The following is a summary of criminal activity in El Cerrito November 15th to November 17th, 2022.

November 15th
Recovered stolen vehicle – San Pablo Ave. / Wall Ave. 
An officer located a 2001 Honda Accord that had been reported stolen to San Francisco PD on 11/13. 
Warrant arrest – Moeser Ln. / Contra Costa Dr. 
An officer conducted a suspicious vehicle check and found the driver, a 50-year-old El Cerrito man had two warrants issued for his arrest.  The man was arrested and transported directly to the Martinez Detention Facility. 
Grand theft – 1400 block of Everett St. 
An officer reports that the victim was contacted by an unknown suspect claiming to work for “McAfee Security”.  The suspect scammed the victim into buying over $3000 worth of Target gift cards in order to renew her PC security.  The victim provided the gift card information to the suspect and he was never heard from again. 
Public Intoxication – 11794 San Pablo Ave (Marshall’s):
At 6:46 PM, officers were dispatched to a report of an UNWANT at Mountain Mike’s Pizza.  An officer contacted the 41 year old Marin County man, who claimed he had been physically thrown out of Mountain Mikes by restaurant employees, causing abrasions on his wrists.  During the investigation into his claims, the man did not agree with the line of questioning and walked away.  At 8:06 PM, Marshall’s called about an UNWANT, which turned out to again be the same man, inside the store being aggressive with employees.  The suspect’s demeanor towards officers, coupled with objective symptoms of intoxication and his apparent inability to care for himself, led to his arrest and transport to county jail.  PAS .264%.
November 16th
Vandalism – 11400 block of San Pablo Ave. 
An officer accepted the citizen’s arrest of a 48-year-old transient female after she rubbed white paint on an exterior wall of the business.  The woman was cited and released. 
Shoplift – Walgreen’s, 11565 San Pablo Ave. 
An officer reports that an unknown suspect entered the store, selected an armful of electronics and contraceptives, and fled without paying. 
Residential burglary – 1300 block of Devonshire Ct. 
Sometime between 12 pm and 2 pm, an unknown suspect entered the victim’s residence via an unlocked door.  The suspect then pried into a locked downstairs apartment and stole cash and coins. 
Grand Theft – Cerrito Vista Park:
At 5:30 PM, an unidentified suspect stole the victim’s purse out of her unlocked vehicle while it was parked near the park.  The purse purportedly contained credit cards and a $10,000 wedding ring.
November 17th
Assist Outside Agency – I-80 / Central Ave:
At 2:18 AM, Richmond PD requested assistance for a solo RPD unit in pursuit of a stolen Honda Accord that was also the suspect vehicle in a catalytic converter theft in Richmond just a few minutes prior.  The suspect in that case was armed with a handgun and fired a shot at the victim who tried to intervene.  The pursuit crossed the Bay Bridge into San Francisco before additional RPD units were able to catch up. 
Identity theft, Residential burglary – 1200 block of Arlington Blvd. 
An officer reports that an unknown suspect obtained the victim’s credit / identifying information and made a fraudulent online purchase.  The suspect then had the package delivered to the victim’s address.  The suspect used a ruse to get inside the victim’s home and obtain the package. 
Commercial Burglary – 10598 San Pablo Ave (Baskin Robbins):
At 10:25 PM, an unidentified suspect smashed the front door glass and made entry to the business.  After failed attempts to open the cash drawer, the suspect picked up the entire register and fled with it.  The suspect was captured on video.  He was a black or Hispanic male wearing a black balaclava that covered all but his eyes and nose, a black long sleeved shirt, black pants, and distinctive black and white Adidas slippers.  He was wearing lime green construction gloves.
Commercial Burglary – 10182 San Pablo Ave (Peppermint Tree Plaza):
At 4:33 AM, an officer reports an unidentified suspect pried the security screen door to the telephone equipment room at the north end of the shopping center.  The utility room did not directly connect to any of the commercial spaces, and no entry was made to the businesses.  There was no known theft from the utility room.  Occurred sometime overnight.  The property owner was notified.

El Cerrito Police Department
10900 San Pablo Ave
El Cerrito, CA 94530

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Non-emergencies: 510-237-3233

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