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Monday, August 30


GRAND THEFT: Police are investigating an apparent theft from the Salvation Army Thrift Store at 1918 Park Street in which an unknown suspect removed a victim’s iPhone from the ledge in a dressing room.

BURGLARY: An unknown person or persons entered a residence on the 1000 block of Via Bonita and stole a Bluetooth device, police said.

POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY: Police are investigating a male suspect for possession of stolen property. The items include car keys, a birth certificate, cell-phone earpieces, and a California driver’s license, police said.

SEXUAL BATTERY ARREST: Police arrested Alameda resident Nicholas Shanlee Ho, 22, on charges of sexual assault and battery in addition to a charge of annoying or molesting a child after Ho allegedly pulled up a victim’s skirt and touched her buttocks in an attempt to pull down her underwear. After the victim screamed and fell, Ho fled, police said. According to authorities, three citizens then detained him on the zero block of Veterans Court.

GRAND THEFT: A male suspect allegedly stole approximately $1,550 worth of unspecified items from a roommate upon moving out of a shared residence on the 400 block of Buena Vista Avenue, police said.

Stolen bicycles: Blue mountain bike, between 6 p.m. August 27 and 8 a.m. August 28, from a back patio on the 2500 block of Orion Street.


Tuesday, August 31


SEXUAL ABUSE OF A CHILD ARREST: Police arrested David Lai Van Mai, 59, address unknown, at San Francisco International Airport on two charges of child molestation following an international search. According to authorities, Mai had fled to his birth country of Vietnam. The Federal Bureau of Investigation located Mai and delivered him for extradition to the United States, police said.

BURGLARY: An unknown suspect or suspects gained entry into a garage storage unit on the 2300 block of Otis Drive and took items valued at $500, police said.

POSSESSION OF A DANGEROUS WEAPON ARREST: Police arrested Oakland resident Johnhenry Howard Bennett, 27, on charges of weapons possession and violation of parole following an area search for a theft suspect. Authorities contacted Bennett at Park Street and Alameda Avenue because of his resemblance to the suspect description, police said, and discovered a sharpened metal shank in a backpack on his person.

PETTY THEFT: An unknown suspect or suspects stole a man’s pants, containing his wallet, while the victim was visiting Robert Crown Memorial Beach, police said. The incident, which occurred in the 2200 block of Shoreline Drive, is the second possible theft in the past few weeks. According to authorities, the August 23 theft of a brown 2002 Chevrolet PT Cruiser from the 1200 block of Shoreline Drive occurred after an unknown suspect possibly stole the victim’s keys from the beach.

Stolen bicycles: Black and blue Specialized mountain bike, at 6:38 p.m., in front of Katsu Sushi House on the 1400 block of Webster Street.


Wednesday, September 1


ROBBERY: Police are investigating an alleged robbery on the 2400 block of Santa Clara Avenue. According to authorities, an unknown male suspect approached the victim around 11 a.m. and confronted him with a knife, demanding money. When the victim attempted to run away, police said, the suspect tackled the man and put the knife to his throat. The suspect then removed items from the victim’s wallet, police said.

BURGLARIES: An unknown person or persons entered two residences on the 1400 and 1500 blocks of Walnut Street during daylight hours and stole electronics valued at $4,848, police said.

PROWLING: Police are investigating an apparent prowling incident in which an unknown male suspect who appeared to be around 14 years old entered a backyard on the zero block of Sable Point and looked in a window. A witness described the suspect as having a small light blue child’s bike with a white basket on the front, police said.

GRAND THEFT: An unknown suspect or suspects stole a large wooden play structure from the backyard of a residence on the 1600 block of Fernside Boulevard. The structure is valued at $1,000, police said.

Stolen vehicles: Silver 1991 Honda Accord, between 7:45 a.m. August 31 and 12:48 a.m. today, from the 1600 block of Alameda Avenue.

Stolen bicycles: Girls bicycle with black basket and boys mountain bike, between 9 p.m. August 31 and 8:45 a.m. today, from the 1400 block of Gibbons Drive.


Thursday, September 2


BURGLARY: An unknown person or persons took a laptop from a residence on the 1300 block of Weber Street and fled in an unknown direction, police said.

GRAND THEFT: Police are investigating an apparent theft in which a tenant took items valued at over $3,000 from landlord Point Marina Vista when vacating a property.

FRAUD: Police are searching for a suspect who opened a checking account using a bad money order at Bank of Alameda. The suspect withdrew $890 before the bank discovered that the money order was invalid, police said.

FOUND PROPERTY: Authorities responding to a report that a male subject was playing with a stun gun at the Alameda Skate Park located the stun gun on the scene but were unable to find its owner, police said.

BATTERY: Police are investigating an apparent battery on the 1200 block of Park Street in which a suspect assaulted a 17-year-old victim for unknown reasons. The suspect also kicked in the victim’s front windshield, police said.

COMMERCIAL BURGLARY: An unknown person or persons entered an unlocked storage container at Central Self-Storage on the 1900 block of Sherman Street and stole items valued at $7,000, police said.

BATTERY AND BRANDISHING A FIREARM ARREST: Police arrested Gerald Gower Short, 44, of Alameda, on charges of battery, brandishing a firearm, and criminal threats after Short allegedly hit another individual in and about the face, brandished a firearm, and threatened the victim’s life, police said.


Friday, September 3


GRAND THEFT: Police are investigating an incident on the 700 block of Buena Vista Avenue in which a suspect attempted to steal an outboard motor using a green 1994 Ford Aerostar van that had been stolen August 31 when its owner left the keys in the ignition on the 1400 block of Willow Street. The suspect apparently placed the motor, cables still attached, into the van via a sliding passenger door, then attempted to drive away. The motor ripped out of the van and took the vehicle’s sliding door with it, police said, causing the suspect to then flee the area without either the van or the motor.

BURGLARY: An unknown suspect or suspects removed items, including rifles and semiautomatic pistols, from a storage locker on the 1500 block of Mozart Street. A witness in the area later reported to police that a known individual had been seen at the residence between August 27 and August 30 in violation of a court order.

VIOLATION OF COURT ORDER: Police arrested Joseph Victor Lagana, 26, address unknown, for violation of a court order after Lagana allegedly harassed a victim by yelling at her and videotaping her from across the street in violation of a court order, authorities said.


Saturday, September 4


HIT AND RUN ACCIDENT: Police are searching for a 5’8″ male who fled the scene of a hit and run at Grand Street and San Antonio Avenue. The man was seen driving a four-door vehicle north on Grand at 5:23 a.m., police said.

COMMERCIAL BURGLARY: An unknown suspect or suspects shattered a window at Wind River Systems, Inc. and stole a laptop from the business, police said.

GRAND THEFT: Police are investigating an apparent theft at Rainbow Laundromat at 1214 Lincoln Avenue in which an unknown suspect pried open locked change boxes and fled with $1,600 in quarters.


Sunday, September 5


INDECENT EXPOSURE: Police are searching for a black male, age 45 or older, who allegedly exposed himself to a female victim sitting on a public bench on the 1400 block of Webster Street. The man, who appeared to be drunk, was described as wearing a blue baseball cap, a green striped shirt, and dark pants, police said.

PETTY THEFT: An unknown suspect stole thyroid medicine and multivitamins from an open house on the 1100 block of Old Alameda Point, police said. The victim is in he process of selling the residence.

ROBBERY: Police are investigating a robbery at Alameda Cellars. According to authorities, a male suspect with a gun entered the business, located at 2425 Encinal Avenue, and told the victim not to move while a female suspect jumped over the counter to access the cash register. The suspects fled with $3,500 in currency, police said.

Stolen vehicles: White and teal 1993 Chevrolet, between 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., from the 1000 block of Central Avenue.

Blue 1993 Honda Accord, between 1:30 p.m. September 4 and 7 a.m. today, from the 1400 block of Santa Clara Avenue.

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