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Monday, June 21

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VEHICLE THEFT ARREST: Alameda police arrested William Morris Haskins, 18, an Alameda resident, on charges of vehicle theft. Morris allegedly stole a Maroon 1986 Nissan, police said, and was found pushing the stolen vehicle in the 2000 block of Main Street. Morris reportedly claimed he owned the car.

BURGLARY: Police are searching for the unknown suspect or suspects who broke a window at Alameda High School, conducted a “sloppy” search of the premises, and stole a digital camera between 5:30 p.m. June 20 and 7:30 a.m. today.

GRAND THEFT: A person or person took and cashed a check representing a payment to Wind River Systems Inc. from EMC Corporation, police said. The $2,217 check went missing between January 16 an February 2, at which time Alameda police were dispatched to investigate possible fraud or embezzlement. As of now there is no indication of where the check went missing, police said.

GRAND THEFT: Police are investigating the theft of computer software valued at approximately $2,800 from Adminione, a new start-up, on the 500 block of Westline Drive.

SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION ARREST: Police arrested Frederico Jesus Duran, 60, address not given, at the site of a disturbance on the 1500 block of Park Street. Duran was was found to be out of compliance with his sex-offender registration requirements, police said.

GRAND THEFT: Police are searching for the unknown suspect or suspects who took a purse from All-Star Academics at 1411 Oak Street. The purse and its contents, valued at $630, belong to a volunteer at the center, police said.

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Tuesday, June 22

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IMPERSONATING A POLICE OFFICER ARREST: Police arrested Ralph Leighton Wetherbee, 45, after he allegedly displayed a police badge and wallet during a traffic stop on the 1400 block of Webster Street. Wetherbee, whose address was not given, was also arrested on several drug charges.

FRAUD: An Alameda resident fell victim to a popular fraud after receiving an e-mail claiming to be from a friend, police said. A variation on the “London scam,” the e-mail came from an allegedly stolen account. The author of the message claimed to be stranded in London following a robbery and asked for a wire advance of $2,000.

BURGLARY: Police are searching for the person or persons who stole items valued at approximately $5,300 from a storage unit at Public Storage, removing the unit’s lock and replacing it with a new lock. Items missing from the unit include clothing, linens, and books. Personnel at the facility, located at 1829 Webster Street, told the victims that no one from the company had placed a new lock on the unit. The alleged burglary occurred between April 30 and June 15.

Stolen vehicles: Red 1999 Honda CRV with Maryland license plates, between 7:30 p.m. June 21 and 9:05 a.m. today, from the 1200 block of Marina Village Parkway.

Stolen bicycles: Purple unknown make or model mountain bike, between 9 p.m. and 10:20 p.m.

Pepsi Cruiser, between 11 p.m. June 21 and 9 a.m. today, from the 2400 block of Clement Avenue.

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Wednesday, June 23

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GRAND THEFT: Police are investigating the alleged theft of mail from the post office box of the Alameda Food Bank between June 11 and June 14.

Stolen bicycles: Blue Cannondale, between 5 p.m. and 8:20 p.m. today, from the bike rack at the east side of Borders at 2245 South Shore Center.

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Thursday, June 24

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BURGLARY: Police are investigating two burglaries on the 1800 block of Poggi Street. Police said they do not believe the burglaries are related. The first occurred sometime between noon June 23 and 11:30 a.m. today when an unknown person or persons entered a residence and took unspecified property. In the second, police said an unknown person or persons removed items valued at approximately $2,245 after a messy search. The alleged crime occurred between 2:30 p.m. June 23 and 11:30 p.m. today.

BURGLARY: Police are searching for the suspect who entered a residence in the 2000 block of Alameda Avenue between 4 a.m. and 4:16 a.m. today and removed a $1,000 television set. When the resident awoke and gave chase, the suspect fled, police said. The unknown suspect allegedly then threw the television into bushes down the street.

ATTEMPTED MURDER ARREST: Police arrested John Patrick Joyce Jr., 28, whose legal residence is in Honolulu, Hawaii, on charges of attempted murder, criminal threats, false imprisonment, and unlawfully interfering with a telephone line. Joyce allegedly threatened to kill his girlfriend during an altercation in which he reportedly choked and smothered her, prohibited her from leaving and destroyed her cell phone to prevent her from contacting authorities, police said.

GRAND THEFT ARREST: Police arrested Latanya Gipson, 36, of Oakland, after she allegedly took items totaling over $600 from Safeway at 2227 South Shore Center.

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Friday, June 25

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GRAND THEFT: An unknown person or persons smashed the front passenger window of a car parked in the 1700 block of Cambridge Drive and removed a laptop and GPS worth $1,100, police said. The alleged theft from the Silver 2001 Saab 95 occurred between 3 a.m. and 3:35 a.m. today.

BURGLARY: Police are searching for the person or persons who allegedly entered a garage on the 1800 block of Central Avenue and removed headphones, miscellaneous coins, and two iPod Nanos from a vehicle.

BURGLARY: Police are investigating a burglary on the 1800 block of Broadway. An unknown suspect of suspects forced open a rear door to two units and took items of unknown value, police said. The address has been the site of two burglaries in the last month, though according to police the newest incident involves different residential units than prior incidents.

Stolen vehicles: Blue 2004 Toyota Scion XB, between 9 p.m. June 14 and and 5 a.m. today, from the 800 block of Laurel Street.

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Saturday, June 26

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BURGLARY: An unknown person or persons entered a residence on the 1800 block of Chestnut Street and took several items including a spare car key, police said. The suspect or suspects then returned later to take the victim’s vehicle, a purple 2007 Mazda 5, according to police.

ATTEMPTED AUTO THEFT: Police are investigating an alleged attempted auto theft at Diamond Auto Sales at 1926 Park Street. A blue Chevrolet Camaro is missing its main computer and has had its wiring harness cut, police said.

GRAND THEFT: Police are investigating the alleged theft of guns totaling $517 from a residence on the 1300 block of Webster Street. There were no signs of forced entry, police said, and the theft may have happened during a party. The alleged crime occurred between 5 a.m. June 19 and 10 p.m. today.

Stolen bicycles: Black Diamondback unknown model, between 6:30 p.m. June 25 and 9:30 a.m. today, from the bed of a White 1991 Toyota Tundra parked on the 400 block of Park Street.

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Sunday, June 27

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GRAND THEFT: Police are investigating the alleged theft of a sunroof, speakers, and an I.D. card from a car parked on the 400 block of Grand Street.

ATTEMPTED ROBBERY: Police are searching for a suspect they said threatened to shoot a man if he did not give the suspect his iPhone. The suspect is described as a black male in his 20s, approximately 5’8″ tall, weighing about 140 pounds and wearing a black T-shirt with a white T-shirt underneath.

One Comment »

  • ruggerkio says:

    This is in response to the Public Storage burglary:

    This is making me believe even more that the burglary occurring throughout East Bay Public Storage sites are due to inside job… Because indeed, the lock I found on my unit, which was NOT my own, was the Public Storage company lock, which the staff there opened using their key.

    Here is the account of my experience:

    I had a unit since early this summer, and I went back last weekend to retrieve something only to find the Public Storage company lock placed on my unit instead of my own. I inquired the office about it, they knew nothing, and they proceeded to open the lock, and I found a number of items missing. They were unable to tell me ANYTHING about how that occurred or even to acknowledge that there had been any break-ins. Then they proceeded to file an incident report WRONGLY (for a wrong site, but with a correct manager’s information), and the manager never called. I called his direct line AGAIN, and ABSOLUTELY NO RESPONSE. I called the main Public Storage number explaining all of this, and they admitted that “the manager is supposed to contact the renter if the lock was found to be tampered with, or missing, broken, damaged, or open” and yet at the end, I only got the “we’ll email the manager and he’ll get back to you.” Has he gotten back to me?? ABSOLUTELY NOT. I have yet heard back anything from anybody.

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