Police Blotter: Burglaries, Stolen Campaign Signs, Domestic Violence Arrest

Incidents highlighted in the blotter were recorded in the Piedmont Police Department log, Jan. 23-30. Information was supplied by the police and does not indicate any convictions.

Piedmont police have been able to lift latent fingerprints from the scenes of several recent burglaries, PPD Detective George Phifer said Tuesday. He said the prints have been sent to a lab and the department is waiting for test results.


Residential burglary – A house under construction and a job trailer were broken into over the weekend. About $10,000 worth of tools and equipment were taken.

Residential burglary – Someone broke into a home in the first block of Cambridge Way during the day, prior to 3:41 p.m. Police said the burglar apparently gained entry through a back window and took a small amount of jewelry.

Petty theft – An employee at Ace Hardware, 1221 Grand Ave., reported at 4:46 p.m. that a boy with a backpack had stolen paint from the store.

Auto burglary – Someone broke a window of a vehicle in the 1300 block of Grand Avenue and took a purse, a caller reported at 6:23 p.m.

Vandalism – Tires on a vehicle in the first block of Monticello Avenue were punctured Friday night or early Saturday morning.

Stolen car found – The Oakland Police Department notified PPD that a vehicle reported stolen earlier from an Enterprise rental lot on Piedmont Avenue was found in front of the owner's home on Highland Avenue.


No problem, just excited – A caller from the 1100 block of Ranleigh Way reported hearing a woman screaming at 10:34 a.m. Police located the screamer, who said she was just talking excitedly on her cell phone outside.

Back where they belong – A good neighbor found two dogs loose about 1:30 p.m. and returned them to their respective backyards on Highland Avenue – at least she hoped they were the right backyards. Police checked and found that the dogs were, indeed, where they belonged.

Traffic hazard – A tire came off a vehicle near the corner of Oakland and Grand avenues about 6:20 p.m. A parking officer managed the traffic flow until a tow truck arrived.


Flooding – A resident of the first block of Monticello Avenue reported at 6:40 a.m. that water was flooding her backyard, possibly from an adjacent home on Estrella Avenue. The Piedmont Fire Department coped.

Identity theft – A caller in the 400 block of Highland Avenue reported a case of identity theft to police at 7:38 a.m.

Suspicious circumstances – A crossing guard on Magnolia Avenue reported that a man in his 40s driving a Prius approached her about 7:30 a.m. and wanted her to get into his car.

Residential burglary – A burglar entered a home on the first block of Monticello Avenue through the back door between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and stole two laptop computers, an iPod and and a backpack.

Attempted vehicle theft – Some one tried to steal a Subaru Legacy from the first block of Cambridge Way about 10 days previously, a caller reported. The ignition was punched and a door lock jammed.


Drunk driving – A driver stopped near the interesection of Piedmont Avenue and Glen Eden Avenue was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated shortly after 11:30 p.m.


Residential burglary – A home on the first block of Ronada Avenue was broken into sometime during the day or evening on Thursday, a resident reported at 12:39 a.m.

Empty, we hope – A caller reported lots of black plastic in the street near the corner of Grand and Oakland avenues was causing a traffic hazard about 1:20 a.m. Police discovered that the plastic was a roll of dog waste bags that had unwound across the roadway. An officer moved the bags to the side of the road and notified the Department of Public Works.

Petty theft – A caller from the first block of Huntleigh Road reported at 10:58 a.m. that someone took her garage door opener and a tape measure from her unlocked truck during the night.

Attempted burglary – Someone tried to break into a home on the first block of Requa Place shortly after 3 p.m.

Vehicle recovered – A vehicle stolen from the 300 block of Olive Avenue was recovered and released to its owner.


Stolen bikes – A Hampton Road resident reported that two bicycles were taken from an outdoor parking area during the night or early morning.


Bike found – A caller from the first block of Bonita Avenue reported finding a bicycle.

Stolen auto – A green Toyota was stolen from the 300 block of Mountain Avenue shortly before 8:39 a.m.

Domestic violence – At about 11 p.m., a Piedmont woman was arrested and jailed on suspicion of domestic violence and her husband cited on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic violence. Police said only "extremely minor injury" was involved in the incident, which took place at a home about one block off of Highland Avenue. No charges have been filed to date.


Campaign sign theft – A resident of the 300 block of el Cerrito Avenue reported at 7:52 a.m. that someone took three political lawn signs from her front yard during the night.

Tim Rood February 01, 2012 at 09:55 PM
I've seen unrolled rolls of black plastic "pooper scoopers" on Wildwood near the triangle, on Grand Avenue, and wrapped around trees in the triangle park TP-style several times over the past couple of weeks. It may be time for Public Works to start padlocking the dispensers, if people are going to continue abusing the privilege!
Bianca Forrester February 02, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Locking the dispensers is too drastic a "solution" to the this problem. Unfortunately the dispensers do not work very well and in order to get a poop bag we dog owners have to open the box in order to get at the bags. It is likely the case that a few bored kids are messing around with the bags and creating mischief, please don't suggest that the solution is to punish the vast majority of Piedmont dog-owners who are respectful, polite and courteous.
Tim Rood February 02, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Bianca, as a respectful, polite and courteous dog-owner myself, I certainly did not mean to suggest that the solution was to punish dog owners by making the poop bags inaccessible. I agree that the dispensers don't work particularly well and I also find it necessary to open the box and reach inside. However I think we can agree this is not something we should divert police resources to try to prevent. Do you have another solution in mind?
May February 03, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Police are NOW sending fingerprints to the lab? Finally. When our home was burglarized a couple of years ago ($40,000+ loss) the Piedmont Police commented on how many finger prints were available/usable quality but NEVER went further. Never submitted to any lab any we heard nothing again after the first report. Guess this robbery was too insignificant for them to bother.


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