Alameda police say they have noticed an increase in auto burglaries, especially in the Walgreens parking lot on Webster Street and in the parking lot of the Bridgeside Shopping Center on Blanding Avenue.
As a result, police are reminding people to never leave purses, briefcases, laptops, cell phones or other valuables in plain sight, even if they are planning to be away from their vehicle for only a short time. People should also make sure their windows are up and their doors are locked, police said.
Most of the recent thefts have been committed by someone who broke a vehicle window and then grabbed the items. But police said thieves have also gained entry via unlocked doors or open windows. Anyone with questions or who wants additional safety tips can call the Alameda police Community Oriented Policing and Problem unit at 510-337-8305.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9 MARIJUANA POSSESSION -- A traffic stop at 1:15 a.m. in the 1700 block of Park Street led to the arrest of a woman, 44, after she was allegedly found in possession of less than one ounce of marijuana. A man, 40, was arrested on suspicion of possessing less than one ounce of the substance about 10:30 a.m. after he was initially detained for shoplifting merchandise at a business in the 2200 block of Alameda South Shore Center. The man, who was drunk, was also accused of violating his parole, police said. SHOPLIFTING -- A 48-year-old man who allegedly brought a bag into a business in the 300 block of Park Street and used it to steal clothes worth more than $400 faces a burglary charge, police said. The man, who was arrested about 6:45 p.m., also was accused of two probation violations.
THURSDAY, APRIL 10 DRUNKEN DRIVING -- Police arrested a 29-year-old man on suspicion of drunken driving after a traffic stop at 1:35 a.m. in the 2400 block of Central Avenue. A woman, 59, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving following another traffic stop about 10:25 p.m. in the 2400 block of Encinal Avenue.
FRIDAY, APRIL 11 ATTEMPTED VEHICLE THEFT -- A vehicle was reported stolen about 10:20 a.m. in the 3100 block of Fiji Lane. After damaging the ignition, the thief stole items from inside the vehicle, police said. DRUG POSSESSION -- Patrol officers investigating a report that juveniles were loitering in a parking lot in the 2400 block of Central Avenue arrested a 23-year-old man on suspicion of possessing suspected psilocybin mushrooms. The man, who was arrested about 4:30 p.m., was also in possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, police said. COMMERCIAL BURGLARY -- A burglar stole two 42-inch screen televisions from a business in the 500 block of Windriver Lane. Police learned about the theft about 3:15 p.m. DRUNKEN DRIVING -- Police arrested a motorist on suspicion of drunken driving about 8:30 p.m. in the 1200 block of Fernside Boulevard. The 67-year-old man was pulled over for making an unsafe turn and failed field sobriety tests before he was arrested about 8:30 p.m., according to police.
SATURDAY, APRIL 12 BURGLARY -- Someone burglarized a residence in the 600 block of Glenwood Isle. The burglary was reported about 1:15 p.m.
SUNDAY, APRIL 13 DRUNKEN DRIVING -- Police arrested a 38-year-old woman on suspicion of drunken driving about 2:45 a.m. after a traffic collision in the 2200 block of Alameda South Shore Center. ROBBERY -- A man, 32, faces a robbery charge because he fought with two security guards who tried to detain them after he shoplifted merchandise at Nob Hill on Blanding Avenue, police said. The man punched both guards and bit one on the arm, according to police. It happened about 9:45 a.m. BURGLARY -- Someone entered a garage in the 2200 block of San Jose Avenue and stole items from inside in what police are classifying as a burglary. The theft was reported at 5:10 p.m. VEHICLE THEFT -- A vehicle was reported stolen from a garage about 4:50 p.m. in the 2100 block of Shoreline Drive. MARIJUANA POSSESSION -- A man, 20, who was traveling as a passenger in a vehicle that an officer pulled over for a traffic violation was arrested after he was found in possession of less than one once of marijuana, police said. The arrest occurred about 10:10 p.m. in the 500 block of Windriver Way.