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Police Blotter: Burglars Hit Corpus Christi School, Christmas Tree Lot

Plus home burglaries, an assault and a CHP chase that ended in Piedmont.

Incidents highlighted in the blotter were recorded in the Piedmont Police Department log Nov. 12-19. Information was supplied by the police and does not indicate any convictions.

The Grinch arrived in Piedmont the night of Nov. 29 and stole Christmas trees, wreaths, lights and a garland from the Boy Scouts' tree lot at Coaches Field, Piedmont Police Detective George Phifer said. The thief, or thieves, climbed over a fence and stole a total of 25 items.

Corpus Christi School at 1 Estates Drive was burglarized twice in less than a week, Phifer said. In the first incident, shortly before midnight on Nov. 27, the thief took 17 laptop computers. Five days later, about 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 2, burglars struck again and searched two classrooms, but nothing was stolen, Phifer said.

TUESDAY, NOV. 27

Warrant arrest — a man with a lengthy history of arrests in Piedmont was taken into custody for the eighth time. See "And an Arrest on a Warrant Make Eight ..." for details. 

Petty theft — A resident of the 100 block of Arbor Drive reproted baby items stolen from a vehicle.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 28

Auto burglaries — Several Piedmont residents reported that their vehicles had been rifled through overnight. Loose change was taken in each incident. The thefts occurred in the first block of Sierra Avenue, the 100 block of Oak Road and the 100 block of Guilford Road.

Vehicle recovery — A Piedmont resident reported that a white Ford van had been aprked in the 100 block of Wildwood Avenue for five days. Police found that it had been reported stolen by the the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.

Residential burglary — A home in the 100 block of Sunnyside Avenue was burglarized during the daytime.

THURSDAY, NOV. 29

Domestic violence — A Crest Road resident was arrested on suspicion of assault after she bit her boyfriend in the chest during a dispute over a dog that spilled out onto the street, police said. However, the victim did not want to press charges, and no charges were filed by the District Attorney's Office, police said.

Petty theft — A Requa Road resident told police that he was getting ready to load a computer into his car between 7:30 and 8 a.m. when his phone rang. The man left the computer on the sidewalk for about 20 minutes while he went inside to talk on the phone. The computer disappeared.

Stolen bike — A bicycle was stolen from a garage in the first block of Monticello Avenue over the weekend, the victim reported.

FRIDAY, NOV. 30

Stolen vehicle — A vehicle was taken from the 400 block of Jerome Avenue sometime betwee 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

Petty thefts — Someone rifled through a car parked near the corner of Arbor Drive and Oakland Avenue between Monday and Friday. The vehicle was undamaged and the loss hadn't been determined when the incident was reported. In a second incident, a resident of the first block of Manor Drive reported that someone rifled through an unlocked vehicle and took loose change about two weeks earlier.

MONDAY, DEC. 3

Vehicle pursuit — A California Highway Patrol pursuit that began in San Jose ended in Piedmont about 12:10 a.m. The vehicle being chased traveled along Piedmont Avenue and Pleasant Valley Road before turning left onto Moraga Avenue. It was stopped near 150 Moraga Avenue with the help of spike strips and one person was taken into custody. 

Residential burglary — A household worker discovered that a home in the 100 block of Monte Avenue had been burglarized sometime after 1 p.m. on Sunday. 

Burglary — A quantity of tools were stolen from a construction site on Lake Avenue smetime after 5 p.m. on Nov. 28. Police said the burglar removed screws from a sheet of plywood at the rear of the home to gain entrance.

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