Police Calls: Albany High iPhone Thief Seeks Ransom

The Albany police logs for Dec. 23-24 include a vehicle stripped of all four tires on Solano, an iPhone stolen from Albany High by a thief who offered to return it for money and packages stolen from a residence the day before Christmas.

Albany police car, April 1, 2013. Photo Credit: Charles Burress
Albany police car, April 1, 2013. Photo Credit: Charles Burress

The following information was obtained from the daily incident log and arrest log of the Albany Police Department.

Monday, Dec. 23

Improper license and unregistered vehicle arrest – At 3:27 a.m., police arrested a 42-year-old Oakland man at Buchanan and Polk on suspicion of driving on a suspended or revoked license and driving an unregistered vehicle.

Dry cleaner's post damaged – At 7:12 a.m., police received a report that someone hit a post in the parking lot of Norge Cleaners on San Pablo. Disposition: Case report taken.

All four tires stolen – At 10:19 a.m., police logged a grand theft report of all four tires stolen with the vehicle left on blocks on Solano. Disposition: Case report taken.

Residential burglary – At 12:35 a.m., police received a report of a burglary at an apartment overnight on Marin. Disposition: Case report taken.

Attempted theft – At 3:31 p.m., police received a report of male about 18-20 years old in a white hoodie who attempted to take a package on Curtis. Disposition: Case report taken.

Cell phone thief offers to return it for money – At 4:26 p.m., a person told police that his daughter's cell phone was stolen from the Albany High library on Thursday and that they received a call from someone claiming to have it and wanting money for it. The reporting party would like to make a police report by phone. Disposition: No police action warranted at this time.

Group smoking pot – At 4:47 p.m., police received a report of a group of males smoking marijuana on the west side of Albany Hill, near Bayside Commons apartments on Pierce. Disposition: Unable to locate source of complaint.

Drunk/disorderly arrest – At 10:57 p.m., police arrested a 21-year-old Willits man at Albany Bowl on suspicion of being under the influence to an unsafe degree or obstructing a public right of way. The arrest followed a 9:53 p.m. report of a customer requesting that police be called regarding an intoxicated subject at the bowling alley.

Tuesday, Dec. 24

Packages stolen – At 8:24 a.m., a resident reported the theft of packages taken from near her back fence on Masonic. Disposition: Case report taken.

Identity theft – At 10 a.m., police logged a report of identity theft filed by a person in the police lobby. Disposition: Matter/persons referred to outside agency.

Fictitious instrument (bad check) – At 10:54 a.m., police logged a fictitious instrument (bad check) report involving a tall thin man with a bald head and a female passenger at the Bank of America on Solano. The subject departed when a BART police officer came in to do his own banking. Disposition: Case report taken.

Front license plate stolen – At 11:37 a.m., police received a report of a front license being stolen at an unknown time on Cornell. Disposition: Case report taken.

Person yelling on phone – At 12:40 p.m., police received a complaint about a person yelling on her phone on Adams. Disposition: Responsible/s advised of complaint, will correct situation.

Lost iPhone traced to Vallejo – At 2:44 p.m., police were told that the reporting party's daughter lost her iPhone 5 last Wednesday evening, and it was traced through iCloud to Vallejo. The reporting party might try contacting the Vallejo Police Department. Disposition: Log note only.

Vehicle parked in bike lane cited – At 3:46 p.m., police logged a report of a vehicle parked more than 18 inches from the north curbside inside the bike lane at the U.S. Department of Agriculture facility on Buchanan. Disposition: Miscellaneous violation – citation issued.

Hit and run with damage, suspect arrested – At 8:39 p.m., police logged a report that a red Cadillac hit and damaged a gray mini-van on Talbot. The Cadillac went south toward Solano. Disposition: Arrest made. (Editor's note: This arrest may be the same one reported in the arrest log and described in the next incident below.)

DUI arrest – At 9:16 p.m., police arrested a 62-year-old Albany man in the 800 block of Evelyn Avenue on suspicion of driving under the influence and having a blood alcohol level of 0.08% or more.

Hit and run with damage – At 9:42 p.m., police logged a report of officer-initiated activity relating to a hit and run with damage on Talbot, with reference to case 13-2276. Disposition: Case report taken. (Editor's note: This may be the same incident described the hit and run case on Talbot above.)

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


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