Someone used a Clinton Avenue resident's credit card number to buy Metro PCS minutes in what police have classified as identity theft.
The incident, which was reported Monday, follows a woman who lives in the 200 block of Crolls Garden Court telling police four days earlier that someone used her debit card information to withdraw money from her bank account.
Among the steps that people can take to avoid identity theft, police say, are shredding unwanted credit card applications and documents that include personal information.
People also should routinely monitor their credit history and never disclose their personal information, such as Social Security numbers or dates of birth, unless they are sure it is being requested for a legitimate purpose, police say.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24 PETTY THEFT -- Someone broke the driver's-side window of a vehicle parked in the 300 block of Harbor Light Road and stole a wallet from inside. The break-in was reported about 5:15 a.m. Another theft was reported from an unlocked vehicle about 4:40 p.m. in the 1400 block of Central Avenue.
THURSDAY, APRIL 25 BURGLARY -- Someone broke into a storage unit in the 100 block of Corpus Christi Road in what police are classifying as a burglary. The break-in was reported about 1:40 a.m. PETTY THEFT -- An individual whom a Safeway security guard detained at Alameda South Shore Center for shoplifting food and alcohol had three prior petty theft convictions, records show. The individual, who was arrested about 3:30 p.m., was also wanted on an outstanding felony warrant.
FRIDAY, APRIL 26 RESISTING POLICE -- An individual taken into custody for public intoxication who allegedly resisted arrested was placed in the "WRAP," or a plastic blanket with belts that officers place around a suspect's legs, police said. It occurred just after 4 a.m. in the 1900 block of Webster Street. The individual also tried to kick out the window of a patrol car, police said. VEHICLE THEFT -- A vehicle was reported stolen about 9:45 a.m. in the 1400 block of Lafayette Street. DRUNKEN DRIVING -- A motorist was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving just after 10 a.m. at Park Street and San Antonio Avenue. Police also arrested a cyclist after detaining him for cruising through a stop sign, and he displayed symptoms of being under the influence of a narcotic stimulant, police said. The man, who was arrested about 7:35 a.m. in the 2000 block of Oak Street, was also wanted on an outstanding warrant and was in possession of drug paraphernalia, police said. FORGERY -- An individual who tried to pass a stolen check at Lucky on Marina Village Parkway left behind a wallet containing other suspected fraudulent checks, as well as credit cards in various names. It was reported at 9:25 p.m.
SATURDAY, APRIL 27 DRUNKEN DRIVING -- Police arrested a motorist on suspicion of drunken driving after a deputy with the Alameda County Sheriff's Office witnessed him collide with a raised cement island at Doolittle and Island drives. The arrest occurred just before 3 a.m. after the man failed field sobriety tests, police said. VEHICLE THEFT -- A vehicle was reported stolen just after 11 a.m. in the 1700 block of Hibbard Street. PETTY THEFT -- A security guard placed an individual under citizen's arrest at Safeway at Alameda South Shore Center about 12:15 p.m. The individual, who concealed merchandise and exited the store, faces a petty theft charge, police said. A shoplifting case was also reported about 1:20 p.m. at Kohl's at the center. COMMERCIAL BURGLARY -- A commercial burglary was reported about 3:05 p.m. in the first block of Singleton Avenue.
SUNDAY, APRIL 28 DRUNKEN DRIVING -- Police arrested a motorist on suspicion of drunken driving about 1:10 a.m. in the 2100 block of Central Avenue. DRUG POSSESSION -- Two individuals whom officers contacted while investigating a suspicious vehicle admitted smoking marijuana and were found with suspected powder cocaine and drug paraphernalia, police said. The arrests occurred about 12:40 a.m. in the 3000 block of Main Street. Two individuals were also arrested at 3:55 p.m. following a traffic stop at Buena Vista Avenue and Constitution Way, where they were allegedly in possession of marijuana packaged for sale. Both were also wanted on outstanding warrants. One man also faces a charge of resisting arrest for allegedly attempting to run off. BURGLARY -- A residential burglary was reported just after 10 p.m. in the 700 block of Taylor Avenue. VEHICLE THEFT -- A vehicle was reported stolen about 8:25 a.m. in the 1200 block of Pacific Avenue. Vehicles were also reported stolen about 10:10 a.m. in the 1800 block of Paru Street and about 4:40 p.m. in the 1000 block of Santa Clara Avenue.