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Police Calls: King of Norway, Vehicle Thefts, Dog Park Issues and More

The following information was supplied by the Albany Police Department, unless otherwise noted, and does not indicate a conviction. Click the "Keep me posted" button below this story for an alert when we publish this report.

This is the crime bulletin from the  for the shifts from June 16 through June 20. Click the "Keep me posted" button below for an alert when we publish this report.

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JUNE 16, SATURDAY

6 a.m. Police investigated a suspicious circumstance on Adams Street. (No additional information was available in the police log.)

2:07 p.m. A thief stole a catalytic converter from a vehicle on Washington Avenue. 

8:53 p.m. Someone tried to steal plastic bags from the Am/Pm at Albany Arco in the 900 block of San Pablo Avenue. 

11:45 p.m. Police arrested Collin White of Albany at on suspicion of driving under the influence. He was taken to the Glenn Dyer Detention Facility in downtown Oakland. 

JUNE 17, SUNDAY

12:03 a.m. Police were called about a "rowdy group" of six or seven people getting kicked out of a business on San Pablo Avenue. One of them "just threw a shoe."

3:42 a.m. Police arrested Robert Egan of Reno, NV, after he reportedly passed out behind the wheel of a Volvo while heading southbound at San Pablo and Marin avenues. 

11:41 a.m. A thief stole a catalytic converter from a vehicle in the 1200 block of Washington Avenue. 

4:17 p.m. A resident called police about a middle-aged transient man "with his private parts hanging out" on Pierce Street. Police advised him of the complaint. 

11:13 p.m. Police arrested Boldbaatar Genden of Albany after a report of a disturbance of the peace on Kains Avenue. He was taken to the Glenn Dyer jail. 

JUNE 18, MONDAY

7:19 a.m. Someone found a bike near the stairs of Brittany Arms apartments on Kains. 

9:02 a.m. A thief stole a white steel-frame Trek 18-speed men's bike from a shed on Evelyn Avenue overnight. 

3:35 p.m. A dog attacked someone at the Albany waterfront, but caused no injuries.

3:55 p.m. A thief stole a cell phone out of a backpack while its owner was in the restroom at the Albany Library. 

5:42 p.m. A resident near asked police to advise dog owners that the park was closed from 4-7 p.m. 

JUNE 19, TUESDAY

1:03 a.m. Police arrested Montague Ashley-Craig of Berkeley on suspicion of driving under the influence at San Pablo and Castro Street. She was taken to the Glenn Dyer jail. 

7:45 a.m. and 9:19 a.m. Two vehicles were reported stolen from Curtis Street, one in the 1000 block and one in the 1100 block. 

12:14 p.m. Someone tried to turn in bullets at the front counter of the Albany Police Department.

2:30 p.m. Police arrested Steven Paul Wright of Oakland at Casper's Hot Dogs for an outside agency misdemeanor warrant. He was taken to the Glenn Dyer jail. 

5:50 p.m. A resident near Memorial Park asked if officers could notify dog owners that dogs are not allowed in the park on Tuesday.

8:11 p.m. Someone broke into the car of a Target employee during the day. 

JUNE 20, WEDNESDAY

2:01 a.m. Someone complained about a large group of people in front of "making lots of noise." Police advised them of the complaint. 

8 a.m. A caller reported a causing a hazard in the roadway at Marin and San Pablo avenues. 

2:36 p.m. Someone broke into a vehicle in the 1200 block of Marin and may also have stolen a vehicle. Police took a case report. 

3:15 p.m. A thief stole a purse from a shopping cart at . 

3:22 p.m. Police gave a woman in her 40s a citation related to a warrant after she was said to be picking fruit off trees in the 700 block of Adams Street. 

6:48 p.m. A man outside Solano Cellars with a sign saying "I am the king of Norway" was reported to be disrupting customers. 

8:51 p.m. Police gave a warning to a group of people setting up amplified music at the . 

10:01 p.m. A driver , but she was able to walk away without injuries.

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Alan Eckert June 22, 2012 at 03:55 PM
"8:53 p.m. Someone tried to steal plastic bags from the Am/Pm at Albany Arco in the 900 block of San Pablo Avenue." On my trip back to Virginia recently, I took a lot of effort to have them NOT give me a plastic bag. Did you know that the law requires one around a 6pack in a carrying case? It already has a handle!
Winifred Owen June 22, 2012 at 04:26 PM
"A resident called police about a middle-aged transient man 'with his private parts hanging out' on Pierce Street. Police advised him of the complaint." Whazzup with THAT!!! Why was this man not arrested? Last time I checked, this type of behavior was against the law. We cannot allow this behavior in our community. I would like to know what caused the police to simply "advise him of the complaint" and apparently allow him to continue on his merry way. And that's not simply a rhetorical question - I really want to know. Can anyone please enlighten me as to any change in the law that would permit someone to wander around "with his private parts hanging out" - and not apprehend him? I'm sure the friendly "advice" did little to deter him from doing this in the future. I frankly find this outrageous.
Tim Q. Cannon June 22, 2012 at 04:57 PM
maybe I'm stating the obvious, but arresting a guy and taking him to Oakland for an overnight stay probably is low on the APD list of priorities...maybe the guy just needs a new pair of briefs.
Alan Eckert June 22, 2012 at 05:12 PM
It's for the same reason police cannot arrest someone on a report that a person is going through the recycling. Unless there is a photo/video or the officer sees it, then they can't do much of anything yet. They are open to citizens coming to the police to assist with citizen arrests, but I haven't explored that process yet.
Winifred Owen June 22, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Thanks, Alan. I just assumed the man was still "in that state of affairs" when the good officers arrived. I hadn't considered that he might have gotten himself put back together. Nevertheless, I hope their advisement was more in the form of a stern warning than a kindly pat on the shoulder.
Winifred Owen June 22, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Well, Tim, it may be low on the APD list of priorities (considering all that they DO see), but it's rather high on my list of priorities to have Albany not become a community where so-called "transients" are blithely wandering around in random states of undress and exhibiting other forms of bizarre behavior without fear of consequences. That's not part of my definition "quality of life" for where I choose to live. Also, having had family members and friends in law enforcement (as well as being a rather pragmatic person), I realize it's unrealistic to haul every offender in on each and every complaint. I just don't want to see this behavior become any kind of acceptable community standard, and from my vantage point it seems to be occurring more frequently here than in the past.
Steven Steve June 22, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Winifred - Marijuana, marijuana, marijuana...week after week, day after day, the APD (with all they have to do) focus valuable time/$/resources on this. I do agree, there is an apparent up tick of lude and lascivious activities. But put yourself in APD shoes, would you rather spend you day pulling up the pants of a indigent person (I will leave any additional images of body fluids to the imagination and hope latex gloves are in the squad car)...OR...would you rather go snatch up some teenagers, take them to the office crying about their parents and get payed overtime for a simple write up? Plus if your looking for overtime it is far easier to catch on of our local teens hanging around during the summer---odd aroma in the air. Just saying...if you get paid the same...you would opt for the easier job.
Dover June 22, 2012 at 07:24 PM
"They are open to citizens coming to the police to assist with citizen arrests, but I haven't explored that process yet." Speaking from experience, I can tell you that the Albany Police are not open to such.
Dover June 22, 2012 at 07:25 PM
I can't imagine why anyone would defend this behavior. Unless...........
Alan Eckert June 22, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Well that's interesting to note Dover. Perhaps someone should call out the double standard of the Police Chief, because he is the one that told the Civics Academy group about it. What and when did you try to do something? I'm curious to know since I've never looked into it.
Steven Steve June 22, 2012 at 07:49 PM
How is prioritizing sexual and violent crime as the topmost priority of the APD a defense of any 'behavior'?
Lizz Bronson June 22, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Re: King of Norway-- I don't know if this is the same person, but for the last couple weeks there has been a man in army uniform sitting outside of Solano cellars with a sign. He looks similar to the gentleman who was yelling by the farmer's market a few weeks back.
Alan Eckert June 22, 2012 at 10:04 PM
I should clarify that the Chief was commenting in relation to "recycling bandits" gathering cans, bottles, and cardboard to sell.
Emilie Raguso June 23, 2012 at 01:22 AM
I don't know anything about the specifics about the man on Pierce Street... but it may be (I'm totally hypothesizing) there was a mental health component here... It didn't sound like a report of someone intentionally showing off "down there." I can follow up with police but if the person was in some way not all there... I wouldn't necessarily think a fine or jail time would be the right solution.
lubov mazur June 24, 2012 at 05:15 PM
June 19, Tuesday: Dogs are not allowed in Memorial Park only on Tuesday? How are they supposed to know? Expecting them to consult a calendar is a bit of a reach, but considering they might be wearing watches so they know the park is closed between 4 and 7PM might resolve the problem.
Dover June 24, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Someone missed the point, I see.

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