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El Cerrito Police Department
Saturday December 3rd, 2022 :: 07:00 p.m. PST


The following is a summary of criminal activity in El Cerrito from November 21st to November 24th, 2022.

November 21st
Organized Retail Theft – 2000 El Cerrito Plaza (Ross):
At 7:56 PM, four suspects entered the store together and worked in concert to steal merchandise.  The two female suspects pushed a cart around the store and filled it with merchandise totaling approximately $500, then placed it near the doors.  One of the females went to a register and paid for a few items, presumably to create a distraction, then the two male suspects ran out with the cart, loaded the items into their vehicle and fled.

Vandalism – 2000 El Cerrito Plaza (Ross): 
An unidentified suspect shattered the right front window of the victim vehicle.  The registered owner was notified, but could not come to the scene to determine a loss.

Robbery – BART Path / Blake St:
At 9:04 PM, the victim was approached from behind while walking southbound on the BART path, and was hit in the back of the head with what she believed to be a skateboard.  The unidentified suspect then took her purse, containing her cell phone, and fled on foot eastbound on Blake Street.  The victim went to Safeway and waited 35 minutes to call the police.  She did not have any visible injuries and declined medical attention.

November 22nd
Battery – 11090 San Pablo Ave (Nation’s):
At 3:23 AM, the victim bumped into another employee, a 44 year old El Cerrito man, with a pie cart.  The man punched the victim in the eye in return.  The pair have had prior altercations that Nation’s management is reluctant to handle, so the manager suggested calling the police.  The victim desired prosecution.

Attempt Robbery – 5200 block of Potrero Ave:
At 10:55 PM, two suspects attempted to steal the victim’s car keys from his pocket.  When he resisted, the suspects dragged him down the middle of the street until a security light on a nearby house scared them off.  Both suspects fled eastbound on Potrero.  The suspects were described as black male teens, and one was wearing a blue sweatshirt.  The victim could not provide any additional description.  No loss.
November 23rd  
Burglary (Commercial) – 4010 El Cerrito Plaza (AT&T):
At 3:00 AM, an unidentified suspect shattered the front door glass with an unknown tool.  4 Apple watches and 4 iPhones were stolen from displays, worth approximately $6000.

Petty Theft – 1400 block of Everett St:
At 7:37 PM, an officer reports a package containing a $100 watch was stolen off the porch at 3:00 PM and the theft was captured on video.  The suspects were two Hispanic male teens who appeared to be students at the Middle School.  The officer will facilitate follow up next week when the school is back in session after Thanksgiving break.

Unauthorized Use of Access Cards – 1000 El Cerrito Plaza (Lucky):
At 10:06 PM, the victim left her wallet at Lucky and later discovered her cards had been used.

Child Abuse – 1000 El Cerrito Plaza:
At 8:00 PM, the 3 year old victim was at Lucky with her mother and the mother’s cousin, a 37 year old Berkeley man.  The victim and suspect briefly walked to another part of the store, and when they returned two minutes later, the victim’s hoodie string was wrapped tightly around her neck several times.  The suspect claimed the child put the string around her neck herself, but the mother believed it was the suspect who did so, although she did not see it happen.  After driving the suspect home, and upon returning home to Berkeley several hours later, mom noticed the child had abrasions and ligature marks around her neck from the string and decided to call the police to report the incident.  Mom was upset when she learned ECPD were not going to Berkeley to arrest the suspect immediately based solely on her statement, and stopped answering calls after that.

November 24th
Burglary (Commercial) – 11785 San Pablo Ave (Launderland):
At 7:44 PM, an officer accepted the citizen’s arrest of a 44 year old San Mateo man after he was captured on the laundromat cameras breaking in to the locked office area and pocketing several packs of laundry detergent worth approximately $5.  Once his identity was confirmed, the man was field cited.

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

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 510-237-3233

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