Police Calls: Purse Snatch Followed by Credit Card Fraud, Target Shoplifting Arrest

The Albany police logs for Jan. 3-5 include the robbery of Cartier purse in North Berkeley followed by $200 in purchases on the victim's credit card at the Albany Safeway and a person spraying workers at a neighbor's house with a garden hose.

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.

Friday, Jan. 3

Non-injury accident – At 4:26 p.m., police received a report of a non-injury accident involving a gold Honda and a silver Mazda at Portland and Ramona. Disposition: Case report taken.

Saturday, Jan. 4

Purse robbery, credit card used at Safeway – At 12:47 a.m., police logged a report of a purse snatch at Shattuck and Walnut in Berkeley 30 minutes ago and $200 charged to the victim's credit card at the Safeway on Solano. It was a brown Cartier purse. The suspect was described as a Hispanic man in his 20s of medium build, about 5-feet 6-inches tall and wearing a black jacket and black pants and having some red on his hat or on his pants. Disposition: Assistance given to outside agency.

Loud music from car at 1:34 a.m. – At 1:34 a.m., police received a complaint of loud music from an unknown vehicle parked in a red zone with its flashers on at Marin and Ordway. Disposition: Unable to locate source of complaint.

Neighbor sprays workers with garden hose – At 9:24 a.m., police received a report that a neighbor who didn't like the noise made by workers doing some work on the reporting party's residence on Stannage sprayed the workers with a garden hose. Disposition: Unable to locate source of complaint.

Man asking customers for money, won't leave – At 10:55 a.m., police received a report of shirtless man in his 30s in a wheelchair going in and out of Royal Ground Coffee on Solano asking patrons for money and refusing to leave. Disposition: Miscellaneous violation – warning given.

Sunday, Jan. 5

DUI arrest – At 1:56 a.m., police arrested a 27-year-old Albany man at San Pablo and Central on suspicion of driving under the influence and having a blood alcohol level of 0.08% or more.

Shoplifting at Target, probation arrest – Police arrested a 31-year-old Emeryville woman at Target on suspicion of petty theft and violating probation. The arrest followed an 11:19 a.m. report of a person in custody for shoplifting at Target.

Identity theft – At 1:34 p.m., police logged a report of identity theft in which an unknown person is using the reporting party's personal information for opening a credit card account. Disposition: Case report taken.

Injury accident – At 3:15 p.m., police received a report of an injury accident involving a tan Nissan and a tan Ford pickup at Galvin Appliance on San Pablo. Disposition: Case report taken.

Attempt to buy alcohol with someone else's ID – At 8:48 p.m., police received a report that a male customer about 18 or 19 years old came into Jay Vee Liquors on San Pablo to buy alcohol with an ID that wasn't his. The person was wearing a blue jacket and last seen heading towards Washington. Disposition: Miscellaneous violation – warning given.

911 call of domestic abuse – At 10:32 p.m., police logged a report of a 911 call from a female on Talbot stating "her son/husband abused her." The call was disconnected and there was no answer on the call back. Disposition: Case report taken.

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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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Gary Matalucci January 12, 2014 at 04:50 AM
That Target is just plain bad news.


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