Albany police log: Reported scams include auto bumper repair; phony audio equipment offered in parking lot
07/17/2013 01:52:44 PM PDT
MONDAY, July 8 VANDALISM -- A window was smashed overnight at Albany Cinema on Solano Avenue.
TUESDAY, July 9 AUTO BREAK-IN -- Property was stolen overnight from a car on Pomona Avenue. DISTURBANCE -- At 6 p.m. a caller reported being yelled at and cursed at by a man at Albany Community Center on Marin Avenue. The subject then followed the caller and hit the caller's car. The subject was last seen walking south on Masonic Avenue crossing Marin Avenue. THEFT -- Officers received a call at 9 p.m. regarding a person at Target in the 1000 block of Eastshore who was using another person's ID. Officers responded and arrested a Richmond woman for suspicion of possession of stolen property and identity theft. DISTURBANCE -- At 10:30 p.m. security at Target reported that a person was near guest services and refusing to leave the store. Officers responded and arrested the transient man for suspicion of trespassing and drug possession.
WEDNESDAY, July 10 SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY -- A Spokane Avenue resident called at 11:30 a.m. to report that she had been followed home from El Cerrito Plaza by men who wanted to fix her car bumper. AUTO BREAK-IN -- Someone burgled a car on Neilson Street during the day and rummaged through the glove box. DISTURBANCE -- At 4 p.m. officers responded to Metro PCS Wireless on San Pablo Avenue on reports of a woman causing a disturbance and refusing to leave. Officers advised the woman of the complaint and the matter was resolved. POSSIBLE FRAUD -- At 4:30 p.m. a caller reported being approached by two people a few minutes prior in the north parking lot of Target who were trying to sell high-end audio equipment that looked new but had no working parts inside. They had offered to follow the caller to his bank to get money to purchase the items. The subjects were described as two white male adults in their late 30s wearing audio store shirts and hats and driving a burgundy Nissan Murano SUV. One of the men was described as about six feet tall, 200 pounds with a bald head and the other was described as about six feet two inches tall with long brown hair and a mustache.
THURSDAY, July 11 VANDALISM -- Vandals spray painted a vehicle overnight at Sasak Property on Solano Avenue. ASSAULT -- At 3:30 p.m. a caller reported being assaulted by a person while at the Albany landfill between 12:15 and 1:15 p.m. The attacker was described as a Hispanic man with curly wavy hair, a scar on the bottom left side of his lip, wearing a baseball cap, dark shirt, shorts and carrying a gray backpack. The attacker was no longer in the area.
FRIDAY, July 12 THEFT -- At 11 a.m. officers responded to the AM/PM market on San Pablo Avenue on reports that a person had just stolen items and was last seen walking south on San Pablo Avenue. Officers located and arrested a Richmond man in the 1100 block of San Pablo Avenue for suspicion of petty theft and trespassing. DRUG POSSESSION -- Officers stopped a bicycle rider at the Toyota dealer in the 1000 block of Eastshore at 10:30 p.m. for a vehicle code violation. They arrested the rider, a transient man living at the Albany landfill, for suspicion of two counts of drug possession.
SATURDAY, July 13 DUI -- At 2 a.m. officers stopped a vehicle near Castro Street and San Pablo Avenue for a vehicle code violation. They arrested an Oakland man for suspicion of two counts of DUI. VANDALISM -- It was reported that on July 10 vandals punctured the tire of a car, but the damage wasn't noticed until later. DISTURBANCE -- At 7:30 p.m. officers received a call complaining that a teenager was riding a small motorcycle recklessly on Masonic Avenue and was not wearing a helmet. There was also a man with a shaved head in a white pickup truck that had another motorcycle in the bed. Officers advised the parties of the complaint and they agreed to ride more safely.
SUNDAY, July 14 TRIPLE ARREST -- Officers investigated a group of people at Albany Steel Inc. in the 500 block of Cleveland Street at 12:30 a.m. who appeared to be tagging one of the walls. They arrested three Oakland men for suspicion of vandalism and trespassing. DISTURBANCE -- At 2:30 a.m. officers investigated a noisy party on Madison Street when neighbors complained that the party had been going on for two nights and the residents were out of town. Officers advised the partyers of the complaints and they agreed to be more quiet. VANDALISM -- Vandals punctured two tires of a car on Solano Avenue overnight. THEFT -- A mint colored bike, a blue milk crate and a purple scarf were stolen during the day from a residence on Washington Avenue. SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE -- A Stannage Avenue resident reported that when she returned home from vacation she found a car parked in her parking spot. Officers were checking to see if it had been reported as stolen.
-- Kristina Osborn