Police Calls: 3 Arrests, Bike-v-Bike Crash, Naked Man in Laundry

The Albany police log for April 19 includes a bicyclist with minor injuries in a bike-vs.-bike collision, a naked man in a laundry, a couple living under the BART tracks and arrests for DUI, possession of a controlled substance and fraudulent ID.

The following information was obtained from the Albany Police Department's daily incident log and its arrest reports.

Friday, April 19

DUI arrest – A male from Berkeley was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after being stopped about 1:02 a.m. at Buchanan and Polk.

Controlled substance, probation arrest – A male transient was arrested at the AM/PM on San Pablo shortly after 5 a.m. on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine or other controlled substance and being in violation of probation. 

Vehicle tampering – At 8:16 a.m., police received a report of all the lug nuts being removed from a vehicle on Curtis and placed next to the vehicle.

Burglary in Berkeley – At 8:30 a.m., police received a report of burglary just discovered on Charlotte in Berkeley.

Naked man in laundry – At 8:54 a.m., police received a report of a naked man sitting inside Milts Coin Laundry and taking pills. Disposition: Responsible/s advised of complaint, will correct situation.

Credit card fraud – At 2:42 p.m., police received a report from a person on Ordway saying there had been two charges fraudulently made to the reporting party's credit card.

Living under BART tracks – At 3:38 p.m., police received a complaint about a man and a woman in their 20s living with a white dog under the BART tracks near Codornices Creek for about a month. The reporting party expressed concern about neighborhood security.

Attempted credit card fraud – At 4:02 p.m., police received a report of a 20-year-old woman accompanied by a tall male trying to use someone else's credit card at Jay Vee Liquors on San Pablo. The reporting party confiscated the credit card, and the couple was last seen near Mechanics Bank. Disposition: Log note only.

Bike vs. bike accident – At 6:26 p.m., police received a 911 call from a bicyclist who suffered minor injuries in a collision with another bicyclist on a red BMX-type bike at Masonic and Brighton. The other bicyclist departed going north on the BART path. The reporting party declined medical attention and will be at Albany Middle School. Disposition: Log note only.

Alcohol stolen at BevMo – At 7:38 p.m., police received a report of alcohol stolen from Beverages and More on San Pablo by two women and a man last seen going northbound in a '90s model cream-colored Lexus.

Drug paraphenalia, fraudulent ID arrest – At 11:10 p.m., police received a report of a man at the door of Target who wouldn't let the store close. Police arrested a Richmond man on suspicion of illegal possession of drug paraphenalia and possession of a fraudulent or canceled ID.


The Albany police call logs and arrest log may be viewed at the Albany Police Department at 1000 San Pablo Avenue. 

Senior A. Titude April 26, 2013 at 03:47 PM
If you have a dog, stay away from the folks under the Bart track with the white dog. Their dog jumped mine, unprovoked, when they were hanging out at the Community Center one night. Fortunately my dog has a thick coat and was not hurt, but they don't control their dog (the woman indicated the dog was aggressive after the fact).
Dover April 26, 2013 at 06:35 PM
Did you call the police?
Michael Cabanatuan April 26, 2013 at 06:38 PM
Well, how are you supposed to wash your clothes while you're wearing them?
Dover April 26, 2013 at 06:43 PM
Follow Joe Buck's lead.
montymarket April 26, 2013 at 06:44 PM
Wonder if the cops told the couple to move it down to the Bulb.
Theresa Bittner April 26, 2013 at 07:25 PM
I live on Masonic and see these people all the time. They didn't bother me until they started hitting me AND my kids for cash. Don't hit my kids up for cash. I also noticed that the area is getting pretty popular with other car dwellers.
Senior A. Titude April 26, 2013 at 08:56 PM
I did call it in once I got home (I have ATT cell so had to wait to use my landline). The policeperson who responded asked me what I wanted to do (which surprised me) so I just told them it would be good to make sure the dog was licensed and had shots. I doubt they did anything, though. The couple took off when I told them I was going to call the police (the guy was verbally abusive when I tried to suggest he control his dog better so I told them I was going to call it in). I told the police they headed toward Solano. I don't walk through the library parking lot anymore at night now.
Dover April 26, 2013 at 09:10 PM
They shouldn't be asking you anything, the lazy nitwits. The dog is vicious and it's only a matter of time before it attacks a human or injures a human who gets in-between an attack on another dog, either intentionally or unintentionally. There are lots of kids and old, fragile people hanging out at the library. The police should give a damn about them, at the very least. If it happens again, tell them you want to file a vicious dog report. Or whatever they call it. It may not be too late to do so now. Then the City of Berkeley Animal Control gets involved. Either the stupid owners will be required to take control of the situation or they will decide that it is a good idea to move on and stop harassing residents. Either way, win-win.
Yours Truly April 26, 2013 at 09:57 PM
I'm pretty sure this was the same couple that hit me up for cash as I stepped away from the ATM at Mechanics Bank on San Pablo. What a convenient and appropriate place to approach someone. P.S. A similar situation transpired with a gentleman hanging out across Washington Ave. one night.
Brian Parsley April 26, 2013 at 10:31 PM
Police officers can not make an arrest for a misdemeanor or infraction not committed in their presence. This is most likely why they asked you what you would like done. If you wanted to make a citizens arrest, you take on the liability, which means you could be sued civilly. This doesn't make that officer lazy or a nitwit for following the law.
Dover April 27, 2013 at 01:03 AM
Who said anything about making an arrest? Not me.
Dover April 27, 2013 at 01:07 AM
It's illegal to panhandle at an ATM. Next time, go inside and alert a bank employee. They will call the police. If the bank is closed, call them yourself.
Brian Parsley April 27, 2013 at 02:12 AM
Ok Dover what do you think the Officer should have done, I mean your an expert right?
Dover April 27, 2013 at 03:32 AM
That would be "you're" not "your," but your (not you're) poor attempt at sarcasm is duly noted. ;-) What officer? I'm referring to the dispatcher.
John April 27, 2013 at 03:14 PM
To me the most "stand out" item in Senior A. Tude's comment is that there was no ATT coverage. Without meaning to break this thread too badly...when are we ever going to get proper cell service in the Albany area??


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