Police Calls: Robbery Near Middle School, Bike Thefts Galore, Slashed Tires and More

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originally published August 31, 2012 at 12:03 PM; corrected on March 31, 2014

This is the crime bulletin for the shifts from Aug. 21 at 6 p.m. through Aug. 27. Click the "Keep me posted" button below for an alert when we publish this report.

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TUESDAY, Aug. 21

6:45 p.m. Someone reported the sound of fireworks at Marin Elementary School.

8:23 p.m. A resident reported a group of youth sitting in a light blue SUV "screaming and playing loud music" in the 500 block of Madison Street. 


2:12 a.m. A parent in the 1100 block of Garfield Avenue reported that a MacBook Pro laptop was missing after her daughter had friends over.

3:23 a.m. Police arrested Gregory Charles Griffin of San Pablo in the 500 block of San Pablo Avenue in connection with an outstanding felony warrant. 

8:26 a.m. A woman on Marin Avnue said that, overnight, someone had thrown a watermelon at her front door. 

9:08 a.m. A thief stole a white cargo trailer from the 1400 block of Posen Avenue.

9:54 a.m. A woman in the 1000 block of Talbot Avenue reported that her purse had been stolen.

3:55 p.m. A Tulare Avenue resident reported two incidents of mail fraud; in one, a check was stolen and, in the second case, mail was opened and then taped shut. 

4:10 p.m. A man described as Hispanic, wearing glasses and a beige hoodie sweatshirt, reportedly slapped a man, on San Pablo Avenue near Brighton Avenue, who was walking with his wife and dog. 

4:22 p.m. Someone called police about eight or nine dogs in a fenced area of Memorial Park during off-limits hours. 

4:47 p.m. A woman described as homeless with curly dark hair wearing a turquoise jacket, jeans and red shoes went into a store on Pomona and Solano avenues "multiple times asking questions and being aggressive" before tearing up a menu and leaving southbound toward Marin Avenue. 

5:31 p.m. Police took a case report about two young men in the BART construction zone on Key Route Boulevard. 

6:06 p.m. Police took a case report about a vehicle and bike collision at Solano and Peralta avenues. A 58-year-old motorist going westbound on Solano struck a 25-year-old bicyclist going eastbound at Peralta and Solano when the vehicle driver was turning left. Police said the cyclist suffered minor injuries. The driver was found to be at fault, but not cited.


3:48 a.m. Police arrested Stanley Antonio Gomez and Dangelo Marcus Patrick, both of San Pablo, at Marin and Stannage avenues on suspicion of receiving or possessing stolen property. 

8 a.m. A passer-by found glasses and paperwork from a vehicle, and reported them in case they were from an auto burglary. 

9:01 a.m. A thief stole a vehicle from the 1200 block of Solano Avenue overnight. 

11:16 a.m. A woman reported a stranger taking photographs of her home on Hillside Avenue. 

1:07 p.m. A bald man described as black with a medium complexion, wearing a baggy shirt, and light-colored pants and a carrying a dark blue backpack, stole something from Safeway in the 1500 block of Solano Avenue. 

1:38 p.m. A thief stole a leather wallet from a customer in line at Target, in the 1000 block of Eastshore Highway. 

2:27 p.m. Authorities responded to a report of strong hazy smoke coming from an elevator on Pierce Street. 

4:55 p.m. Police arrested a Hayward man on an outside-agency warrant at the Buchanan Interchange. He was taken to the Glenn Dyer Detention Facility in downtown Oakland. 

8:54 p.m. A caller reported men hitting golf balls off Albany Hill; police were unable to locate the offenders. 

FRIDAY, Aug. 24

1:04 a.m. Police arrested a Kensington man on suspicion of driving under the influence, and possession of concentrated cannabis and drug paraphernalia, in the 400 block of Curtis Street. He was taken to the Glenn Dyer jail. 

2:46 a.m. Police took a case report on Curtis Street. 

11:12 a.m. A caller in the 1100 block of Marin Avenue reported an overnight burglary. 

2:40 p.m. An Albany High School parent called police to say that her son had gone to a classmate's party in Hercules the prior year; during the party, friends of the classmate showed up with guns and drugs. The caller was concerned that the classmate would be returning to Albany High this year. She was referred to another agency for help. 

6:32 p.m. Police assisted with traffic control for Bike About Town.

8:39 p.m. Authorities responded to a report of dark smoke between Brighton and Masonic avenues. 

9:16 p.m. Police arrested Talvis Trovan Thompson of Richmond on suspicion of public intoxication at Golden Gate Fields, in the 1100 block of Eastshore, after a report of a fight in the club house in which one man was being violent. Thompson was taken to the Glenn Dyer jail. 


1:51 a.m. Police arrested receptionist Ericka Ramirez-Cedillos of San Leandro on suspicion of driving under the influence in the 600 block of Buchanan Street. She was taken to the Glenn Dyer jail. 

3:38 a.m. Police arrested Wayman E. Phinizy of Pittsburg, CA, on suspicion of public intoxication at Kelly Moore Paints in the 900 block of San Pablo Avenue. He was taken to the Glenn Dyer jail. 

4:27 a.m. Someone reported loud people at the Am/Pm on San Pablo; police advised them of the complaint. 

6:46 a.m. A thief stole a wallet from an unlocked car in the 900 block of Evelyn Avenue. 

10:37 a.m. Someone stole three bikes and a bike rack from the 1300 block of Marin Avenue during the prior week. 

2:22 p.m. A caller reported a man in a dark shirt picking lemons on Kains Avenue; police gave him a warning. 

6:42 p.m. A man entered a backyard in the 600 block of Madison Street and took two red bicycles. 

7:06 p.m. A caller from Marin Avenue asked police to help with a group of people "hanging out in the parking lot" partying and "causing too much noise." Police advised them of the complaint. 

11:03 p.m. Someone reported a loud teenage party, possibly with underage drinking, on Marin Avenue. Police gave a warning. 

SUNDAY, Aug. 26

1:34 a.m. Someone reported four or five people fighting in the street on Key Route Boulevard. 

2:01 a.m. Ten people got into a fight with security at Club Mallard, in the 700 block of San Pablo Avenue. Police took a case report.

8:20 a.m. Police responded to a theft report in the 1200 block of Solano Avenue, according to crimereports.com.

2:45 p.m. Police responded to a petty theft report in the 1100 block of Curtis Street, according to crimereports.com. 

3:20 p.m. Police responded to a robbery report at Evelyn and Brighton avenues, according to crimereports.com. Three teenage boys, one 13 and two 14, were walking from El Cerrito Plaza when they were confronted by a group of six older teens, ages 15-17 years old. One of the older teens was riding a bicycle, and the others were on foot. One of the suspects threatened the victims with a knife and demanded money and cell phones. Three phones and cash were taken. None of the victims was injured during the robbery.

  • Police arrested student Gregory Joseph Martinez of Albany on suspicion of driving under the influence in the 900 block of Neilson Street. 
  • Police arrested make-up artist Bianca Nicole Almonte of San Francisco on suspicion of driving under the influence at the Buchanan Interchange. 

(The Aug. 26 calls, beginning at 6 a.m., through Aug. 27 at 6 a.m., were not available in a completed form at the time of this report.) 

MONDAY, Aug. 27

11:17 a.m. A resident in the 1000 block of Cornell Avenue reported a burglary with two computers missing; the back door was open and a back window was broken when the resident got home. Police took a case report. 

11:39 a.m. Police separated a man and woman fighting at the Albany waterfront. 

4:13p.m. Someone broke into a car in the 600 block of Stannage Avenue that morning. 

5:46 p.m. A caller from Thousand Oaks Boulevard reported that a dog chased a man and his son in an area of Memorial Park off limits to dogs at that time. Police gave the dog owner a warning. 

6:09 p.m. Someone called about a manicure on Solano Avenue that was not up to par, so the customer did not pay. 

7:18 p.m. Someone called about a sewer overflowing onto the sidewalk on Key Route Boulevard. 

7:28 p.m. A caller reported a couple at Golden Gate Fields, near Gilman Street, having sex outside leaning on a vehicle; police were unable to locate them. 

7:47 p.m. A thief stole a bike from Albany Middle School, in the 1200 block of Brighton Avenue, during the day. 

7:49 p.m. A thief stole an iPod from an unlocked vehicle on Ordway Street overnight. 

10:18 p.m. Someone slashed the tires of a worker at the Am/Pm in the 1000 block of San Pablo Avenue after the worker asked a customer to leave an hour earlier. 

10:44 p.m. Police gave a warning after a resident reported noisy teens near the picnic tables at Jewel's Terrace Park. 

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If there's something in this article you think , or if something else is amiss, call editor Emilie Raguso at 510-459-8325 or email her at albany@patch.com.

Ross Stapleton-Gray September 02, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Well, he has been charged with felony vehicular manslaughter, and is only out of jail because he posted bond (though probably not the $2M required of the woman alleged to have killed a man with a steak knife to the heart).
Zack M. September 04, 2012 at 06:23 PM
I'm not really sure what that has to do with my question. In the case you reference, the person was charged and convicted, as he should have been. If someone breaks the law and hurts someone else, they should face consequences for it, no matter whether they're riding a bike, driving a car, walking, skateboarding, etc. Often, drivers are not charged when such occurrences happen. See the links below for examples: http://sf.streetsblog.org/2012/06/07/usf-student-robert-yegge-killed-by-truck-driver-at-oak-and-franklin/ http://sf.streetsblog.org/2012/05/21/sena-putra-47-killed-by-truck-driver-at-13th-and-folsom/ I'm not saying the person in this case should be sent to jail or anything at all, but they hit someone, were found to be at fault, and yet were not cited. Thankfully the cyclist wasn't hurt too badly from the sound of it, but that could have too easily been otherwise.
Emilie Raguso September 06, 2012 at 09:47 AM
We can ask police for an explanation about how this works during collisions as far as citations and other considerations.
Amy Smolens September 15, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Emilie, any update on this? Thanks.
Emilie Raguso September 18, 2012 at 05:30 AM
I will follow-up. Thanks for the nudge.


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