Police Blotter: Home Burglary, Domestic Drama

Incidents highlighted in the blotter were recorded in the Piedmont Police Department log Aug. 27-Sept. 3. Information was supplied by the police and does not indicate any convictions.

 A burglar took jewelry, an HP mini-notebook computer, an iPad and a Wii game system from a Maxwelton Drive home sometime between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 30, according to Piedmont Police Department Detective George Phifer. The thief apparently entered the home through side French doors that may have been left unlocked, he said.

A Piedmont resident reported on Sept. 1 that his fiancee pushed him during an argument, causing him to fall over a chair. The fiancee also slashed his bike tires and then left with his car and dog, he told police. Piedmont police located the woman, arrested her on suspicion of domestic violence and took her to the Glenn Dyer Detention Facility in Oakland, Phifer said. She later made bail. No charges have been filed to date in connection with the incident, Phifer said.

Piedmont police officers checked out well over 500 vehicles at a DUI checkpoint in front of Ace Hardware on Grand Avenue the evening of Sept. 2 but didn't find any intoxicated drivers, Phifer said. Only a handful of citations were issued for other violations, he said. The checkpoint was part of a regional crackdown on drunk driving over the Labor Day weekend.


Injured squrrel — A concerned citizen found an injured squirrel in Dracena Park and brought it to the Piedmont Police Department at 12:15 p.m. An animal control officer delivered the squirrel to Montclair Veterinary Hospital for care.


Stolen bicycles — A woman reported two bikes missing from her garage in the first block of Lakeview Avenue.

Fallen tree — A resident reported at 9:43 p.m. that a tree had fallen near the corner of Hillside and Magnolia avenues. The Public Works Department was notified.


Identity theft — A Park Way resident reported that someone had used her credit card information to buy a movie ticket in Taipei, Taiwan, to pay EBMUD and PG&E bills and to attempt to buy a $1,500 watch.

Stolen car — At 11:24 p.m., an Acura Legend was reported stolen from the 1100 block of Ranleigh Way sometime during the previous hour. The California Highway Patrol later found the car, which had not been damaged.


Bike thefts— A bicycle was reported stolen from a driveway in the first block of Sharon Avenue. Two more bikes were taken from a driveway in the 1500 block of Grand Avenue.


Suspicious circumstances — A poice officer questioned a man seen walking into the city corporation yard at 898 Red Rock Rd. shortly after midnight. The man had a an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court. He was cited and released. 

Wedding aftermath — Shortly after midnight, two neighbors complained about the noise as workers dismantled a wedding tent in the 700 block of Higland Avenue. A police officer spoke with the workers and found they were almost finished with the job.

Looking out for neighbors — A man suffering from dementia wandered away from home during the afternoon, his wife reported, but the incident had a safe outcome. Neighbors reported seeing the man a few blocks away, and a little later, someone on Piedmont Avenue reported to the Oakland Police Department that he was with a disoriented man. The descriptions matched, OPD notified PPD, and Piedmont police picked up the man and returned him to his home about an hour after he went missing.


DUI arrest — A driver was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated just before 2 a.m. near the corner of Grand and Arroyo avenues.

Dad vs. daughter's boyfriend — A Piedmont man argued with his daughter's boyfriend, asked him to leave the house and reportedly delivered a kick to the boyfriend's backside to speed him along. The boyfriend reported the incident as an assault, but no medical care was required and no charges have been filed to date, according to Det. Phifer. 

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Jim Faison September 07, 2012 at 06:28 PM
In the 1950s-1960s, during the era of the Military Draft, fathers got rid of their daughter's boyfriend by having him see diversion from court/justice system into enlisting in the military. I served with a dozen, 1/5th of new elistees who were not Regular Army, but juvenile hall diversions. Now we have a volunteer army, albeit with unruly male youth, but fathers have fewer options.
Celia Wedding September 08, 2012 at 03:53 AM
There have been a rash of burglaries in the Maxwelton, Abbot, Moraga Canyon area, often in the morning. Neighbors please keep your eyes open and your doors locked


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