Police Blotter: Residential Burglary

Incidents highlighted in the blotter were recorded in the Piedmont Police Department log Sept. 3-11. Information was supplied by the police and does not indicate any convictions.

A burglar stole numerous items, including a MacBook, digital camera, desktop computer, iPod, Nintendo system and watch, from a home in the 100 block of Cambridge Way on Sept. 4, according to Piedmont Police Department Detective George Phifer.

The burglary happened sometime between 10 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. while no one was home, Phifer said.

He said the burglar may have used a key to enter the home, as a key left outside for construction workers a few days before had gone missing and there was no sign of a forced entry.

Phifer said investigators were able to obtain fingerprints from the crime scene.


Warrant arrest — During a morning traffic stop on Grand Avenue, an Oakland man was arrested on an outstanding warrant for driving without a license. Cuong Nguyen, 49, of Oakland was booked into the Gleen Dyer Detention Facility in Oakland.

Petty theft — A purse was stolen from a residence on Glen Alpine Road during an afternoon party for the Piedmont High School football team attended by about 100 people. Credit cards from the purse have not been used.

Stumbled, not thrown — A Requa Road caller reported seeing a man dressed in black, driving a dark-colored van, "throwing a passenger into the bushes." The van was from a shuttle service, police discovered, and the passenger slipped and fell on his own.


Computer fraud — An Abbott Way resident was notified via an email from her personal banker that $46,000 from her bank account had been transferred by wire to a bank in Singapore. Bank officials were able to prevent withdrawal of the money from the Singapore bank.

Theft — A wallet was stolen from a parked vehicle in the 1600 block of Grand Avenue.


Stolen clothing — Someone rifled through an unlocked vehicle parked in the 100 block of Magnolia Avenue during the night and stolen three gargabe bags full of clothes and a duffle bag. The victim did not want to make a formal report of the theft.

Possible armed threat — A woman told police at 1:48 p.m. that she had been threatened near the intersection of Fairview and Grand avenues by two men in a black two-door car who brandished a gun. Phifer said details were unclear as the woman appeared mentally disoriented. 


Police chase — Police offiers were dispatched to Arbor Drive after a report of a car driving up and down the street without lights about 1:30 a.m. Someone in the vehicle appeared to be checking door handles of parked cars to see if they were unlocked. A PPD sergeant followed the car until backup arrived, then attempted to pull it over. The car stopped briefly, then sped away, and police followed at speeds up to 60 mph on Grand Avenue. After hitting a median curb, the car took the onramp to westbound Highway 580, and the Oakland Police Department and California Highway Patrol were notified. 

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