Police Calls: Stolen Cars, Laptops, Meal, Girl Scout Cookie Money

The Albany police log for March 18-19 includes three stolen cars, a "dine and dash" theft at Sugata, four cases of shoplifting, stolen Girl Scout cookie money and a couple doing things in sleeping bags on the BART path unsuitable for kids to s

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

Monday, March 18

Poodle found – A small white poodle without tags was found about 8 a.m. at Five Little Monkeys on Solano. The dog was given to Berkeley Animal Control.

Rape – A report of a rape occuring in January was reported in the lobby of the police department about 10:27 a.m. A laptop was reported stolen too.

Stolen vehicle – A woman reported that her vehicle was missing on Kains, possibly taken by her ex-boyfriend.

Target theft – The theft of $396 in merchandise by an unknown thief at Target was reported at 1:22 p.m.

Auto burglary – A black laptop with a black bag was stolen from a car whose right rear window was broken between 12-12:30 p.m. at Happy Donut on San Pablo.

BART station beating – A 911 caller "was being beaten at the El Cerrito BART station." The call was transferred to Richmond police dispatch who "advised they don't handle and disconnected." An attempt to transfer to BART police received a voicemail for a private party. The matter was referred to an outside agency.

Radio Shack theft – About 2:47 p.m., a man stole an iPhone cord from Radio Shack on San Pablo Avenue. The thief was described as a light-skinned African American man about 6 feet tall wearing black pants and carrying a Trader Joe's bag. He was last scene going northbound on San Pablo.

Girl Scout cookie money stolen – The theft of Girl Scout cookie money on San Pablo Avenue was reported in the police lobby at 4:07 p.m.

Arrest for alcohol under age 21 – A Berkeley male under age 21 was arrested at 7:38 p.m. in the 1000 block of Solano Avenue on suspicion of possessing alcohol. 

Graffiti vandalism – Spray-paint tagging that just occurred at Albany Ford on San Pablo Avenue was reported at 7:38 p.m. Last seen heading south on San Pablo were two-three males, one in a hooded sweatshirt, skateboard, and one walking along.

Stolen vehicle – A resident on Kains reported the theft of a vehicle from in front of the home.

Unpaid meal – About 9:46 p.m., a man dashed out of Sugata Restaurant on Solano Avenue without paying in a "dine and dash." The man was described as white, about 23 years old and wearing a rainbow-colored scarf and blue jeans. The diner left some property at the restaurant.

Tuesday, March 19

Suspicious circumstance – At 9:33 a.m., a young couple was reported to be in sleeping bags on the Ohlone Greenway just north of the creek and sometimes doing "questionable things that kids should not see." A warning was given.

Threats – At 10:22 a.m., a mother reported that her daughter received death threats at St. Mary's on Albina "via website that lets you send anonymous messages to people's iPhones and other electronic devices." Disposition: log note only.

Suspicious circumstance – A woman on Key Route reported receiving a phone call about 11:02 a.m. saying she had won a $5 million sweepstakes and that two agents would be coming to her house to take her to her bank to verify her funds. She requested that an officer come by her house. Disposition: log note only.

Target theft – About 11:31 a.m. a woman ran out of Target with hands full of items she didn't pay for and fled in a car registered in Richmond and containing a male of unknown description. The thief was described as an African American female in her 30s, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, medium/heavy build with shoulder-length straight hair.

Auto burglary – Keys to a public storage unit was taken during the night from an auto on Pierce. It appears that someone gained entry to the storage unit.

Homeland Security visit – Homeland Security came to the police lobby at 2:02 p.m. to speak to the duty supervisor. Assistance was given.

Stolen auto – About 2:35 p.m., an officer was flagged down at Solano and Ramona and took a report of a vehicle theft.

Shoe repair dispute – A customer "very upset" over a shoe repair on Solano contacted police at 3:11 p.m. The matter was referred to an outside agency.

Auto burglary – A man reported that his rental vehicle was broken into at Round Table Pizza during the previous evening.

Possible stalking – A therapist reported a client is possibly being stalked by a former classmate. 

Suspicious circumstance – A landlord member of the HOA came to the police station to report threats from a tenant. A case report was taken.

Beer theft at Jay Vee – The owner of Jay Vee Liquors on San Pablo reported at 9:28 p.m. that man about 23 years old took beer and ran out of the store. The thief could not be located.

Arrest for possession and outstanding warrant – A male transient sleeping in front of and blocking the entrance to the Brittany Arms on Kains was arrested at 9:56 p.m. on suspicion of illegal possession of drugs or paraphenalia and on an outstanding warrant.


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

lubov mazur March 26, 2013 at 07:16 PM
I was wondering about the "sleeping bags", as in more than one bag. I hope the bags were zipped together. If not, someone could be injured.
Traci Lee March 26, 2013 at 07:58 PM
I'm sorry, Albany Patch...but do you mind giving me the description of the guy who bailed on his meal? Somehow you seemed to provide it in FULL detail for the African American, 5'7", female who stole from Target. I'll be waiting for the description so I can be on the lookout for him as well.
Charles Burress March 26, 2013 at 11:09 PM
Thanks for raising this point. We've added the alleged thief's race, which was inadvertently omitted when we copied information from the police log. No other details about the man – including height – were mentioned in the log beyond those provided in the item we published (estimated age, rainbow-colored scarf and blue jeans). We generally don't include race unless there's sufficient detail for any witnesses to possibly identify the suspect or provide other helpful information to police, such as further description of the person or crime.
paul1 March 30, 2013 at 05:24 AM
These are fun to read mostly because of the embarrassingly bad writing. Are these given verbatim from the police report, or are they Patch masterpieces?
Maggie Torpey-Murray April 01, 2013 at 06:19 AM
I agree 110% paul1


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