A search for a missing 3-year-old girl last week had a happy ending for the youngster and her family, but but a less happy one for a neighbor who joined the police search, according to PPD Detective George Phifer.
Phifer said the child's mother called police at 8:32 a.m. on Thursday, July 26, to report that she couldn't find her young daughter. The child was last seen in her bedroom before the mother took a shower, Phifer said.
Police officers searched the home, in the 700 block of Blair Avenue, and then moved on to search at the East Bay Municipal Untility District's Reservoir No. 2 behind the home, Phifer said.
A neighbor who joined the search injured his ankle when he tried to climb a fence surrounding the reservoir, Phifer said.
The child was finally located inside the family home, in a room that police had searched previously. It's possible the girl was moving from room to room as family members and police hunted for her, Phifer said.
MONDAY, JULY 23
Bad checks — Staff at Ace Hardware, 1221 Grand Ave., reported receiving fraudulent checks.
TUESDAY, JULY 24
Stolen bikes — At 6:51 a.m., two bicycles were reported stolen from a detached, unlocked garage in the 900 block of Rose Avenue
WEDNESDAY, JULY 25
Identity theft — A Sunnyside Avenue resident reported an incident of identity theft ay 11:21 a.m.
Vandalism — Someone smashed a car window in the first block of Greenbank Avenue during the night, a caller reported at 11:26 a.m.
THURSDAY, JULY 26
Theft suspect escapes — A man with a goatee, wearing a white baseball cap, ran toward Grand Avenue when a Piedmont patrol officer tried to contact him near the corner of York Drive and Arroyo Avenue shortly after midnight. The officer wasn't able to to catch the man but did find a wallet along the man's route. The wallet had been stolen from a vehicle parked on York Drive, police said. Cash totaling $84 was missing from the wallet.
Inflatable boat stolen — A resident of the first block of Ronada Avenue reported at 6:57 a.m. that he had found the back door of his vehicle open and a 6-foot black inflatable boat missing. A phone charger was also taken.
Not blocked — A caller from the first block of Wildwood Avenue reported at 11:05 a.m. that a red Mazda was blocking his driveway. Police checked and found the car was parked legally.
Suspicious circumstances — A caller from the 100 block of Oak Road reported at 1:33 p.m. that a man with a ponytail, wearing a plaid shirt and jeans and carrying a camera, was walking in the area.
FRIDAY, JULY 27
Warrant arrest — An Oakland bookkeeper suspected of embezzling from a Piedmont woman was arrested. (See separate article here.)
SATURDAY, JULY 28
Warrant arrest — A Piedmont police officer stopped a vehicle with expired registration tags in the 1400 block of Pleasant Valley Road, near the Oakland-Piedmont border, and then discovered the driver had an outstanding warrant for his arrest in connection with possession of less then an ounce of marijuana, police said. The man was identified as Emmanuel Adron, 29, of Oakland.
Stolen bike — A bicycle worth about $500 was stolen from an alley behind a home in the 1100 block of Harvard Road sometime during the previous week, a caller reported at 12:24 p.m.
SUNDAY, JULY 29
Arrest — Justin Lorenz, 28, of Oakland was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) after a traffic stop for speeding in the 3600 block of Grand Avenue just before 1:30 a.m.
Non-injury accident — A driver hit a parked vehicle in the 300 block of Moraga Avenue about 2:20 a.m. (See separate article here.)
Whatever Lola wants — Lola, a white boxer-type dog apparently yearning to be free, took off down Magnolia Avenue near Jerome Avenue shortly before 1 p.m. She was reunited with her owner.
Broken water main — A caller reported a broken water main in the 100 block of Olive Avenue at 1:35 p.m. An EBMUD crew responded.
Bottle rockets — A caller reported four boys with bottle rockets near the Linda Avenue dog park at 9:45 p.m. Police corraled the kids and called their parents.
MONDAY, JULY 30
Non-injury accident — A driver hit two parked cars in the 800 block of Kingston Avenue about 9:40 a.m. (See separate article here.)
Missing adult — A Moraga Avenue man was reported missing by his brother. (See separate article here.)
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