Alameda police are investigating the theft of an outboard motor from a raft at Pacific Marina.

The Tuesday incident follows police noticing a spike in thefts of motors from boats between August and September, when at least 16 motors were reported missing.

Along with the theft of motors, sailors also reported other items missing from their vessels, including electronic equipment.

Investigators suspect the thieves may be selling the motors or equipment on Craigslist or recycling them as scrap.

Police urge boaters to make sure their vessels are secure and to immediately report any suspicious activity around the marinas.

THURSDAY, OCT. 25

  • DRUG POSSESSION -- Police arrested a man, 41, about 1:20 a.m. in the 1900 block of Pacific Avenue after he was allegedly found in possession of methamphetamine. Officers initially contacted him as a suspicious person.

  • IDENTITY THEFT -- Identity theft was reported about 2:40 p.m. in the 1800 block of Pearl Street, where police said someone used the victim's bank account number while forging a check. Identity theft was also reported about 5:30 p.m. in the 1100 block of Otis Drive, where someone used the victim's Macy's credit card information to make purchases.

    FRIDAY, OCT. 26

  • VEHICLE THEFT -- A vehicle was reported stolen at 2:20 p.m. in the 4000 block of Pacific Avenue.


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  • PETTY THEFT -- A dog was reported stolen just after 4 p.m. in the 300 block of Stardust Place.

    SATURDAY, OCT. 27

  • VEHICLE THEFT -- A vehicle was reported stolen about 9:30 a.m. in the 2500 block of Central Avenue.

  • PETTY THEFT -- A woman told police someone stole her purse from her stroller as she was shopping at Alameda South Shore Center. The theft was reported about 4:40 p.m.

  • IDENTITY THEFT -- A resident of the 100 block of Central Avenue reported about 6:50 p.m. that someone used his ATM and bank information to make purchases, police said.

    SUNDAY, OCT. 28

  • PETTY THEFT -- A security guard at Kohl's at Alameda South Shore Center placed a 40-year-old woman under citizen's arrest at 8:15 p.m. after she shoplifted merchandise, police said.

    MONDAY, OCT. 29

  • VEHICLE THEFT -- A thief who stole a vehicle in the 2500 block of Noble Avenue abandoned it nearby and fled the scene, police said. Investigators learned about the incident just before 6 a.m.

  • AUTO BURGLARY -- Vehicle break-ins were reported about 8:10 a.m. in the 2100 block of San Antonio Avenue and about 9:30 a.m. in the 1900 block of Central Avenue.

    TUESDAY, OCT. 30

  • DRUNKEN DRIVING -- Police arrested a 30-year-old man on suspicion of drunken driving about 3:30 a.m. in the 1700 block of Park Street after he was spotted driving with a gas nozzle still attached to his vehicle. The man was also accused of being under the influence of a stimulant narcotic.

  • MARIJUANA POSSESSION -- Police served a search warrant in the 500 block of Central Avenue, where they arrested a man, 27, at 9:05 a.m. on suspicion of possessing marijuana packaged for sale. The man was also in possession of drug paraphernalia, police said. Another 27-year-old man was arrested about 12:50 p.m. at Fir Avenue and Admiralty Lane, where officers said he was carrying marijuana.

  • IDENTITY THEFT -- Identity theft was reported about 1:15 p.m. in the 1200 block of Park Avenue, where the victim told police that someone used her personal information to open accounts without her authorization.

  • MARIJUANA POSSESSION -- Officers investigating a battery report arrested a man, 18, and a 14-year-old boy on suspicion of narcotics offenses. The man, who allegedly kicked a victim and knocked her to the ground, was carrying a backpack containing marijuana and a scale, which police said is evidence of drug dealing. The man was booked at the North County Jail in Oakland. The boy, who was in possession of a jar containing marijuana, was cited at the scene and released to a family member, police said. The arrests occurred about 5:30 p.m. in the 700 block of Central Avenue.

  • OUTSTANDING WARRANT -- Police arrested a 52-year-old man wanted on an outstanding warrant stemming from a DUI case while officers investigated a disturbance reported about 10:30 p.m. in the 1800 block of Park Street.