Incidents highlighted in the blotter were recorded in the Piedmont Police Department log Oct. 22-29. Information was supplied by the police and does not indicate any convictions.
A Piedmont woman, irate at being the target of two attempted break-ins within two weeks, chased off a pair of burglars and whacked their car with a baseball bat as they drove away, Piedmont Police Department Detective George Phifer said.
Back on Oct. 17, the St. James Drive resident heard her doorbell ring several times shortly after 10 a.m. but didn't answer the door. A few moments later, someone shattered a bathroom window but was apparently scared off by the resident's presence, Phifer said.
A similar scenario happened nine days later, on the morning of Oct. 26, Phifer said, with someone ringing the doorbell, then attempting to break a window. The woman grabbed an aluminum baseball bat and peeked out the front door, where she saw two men in their 20s, he said.
The men fled in a gold sedan with Nevada license plates, with the woman pursuing them on foot, Phifer said. She managed to hit the trunk of the car before the would-be burglars escaped, he said.
MONDAY, OCT. 22
Residential burglary — A Prospect Road resident reported that someone burglarized her home the previous evening, taking a substantial amount of jewelry, mainly earrings. The break-in mostly likely happened about 7: 30 p.m., as a family member who was in the basement at the time heard some noise but didn't investigate, Phifer said. The burglar apparently entered through the front door.
Suspicious circumstances — A Sunnyside Avenue resident reported seeing two juveniles attempting to steal a Honda Accord at 8:52 p.m. The would-be thieves ran off, and police were unable to locate them.
More suspicious circumstances — A Piedmont resident reported that a man was rifling through a car in the first block of Greenbank Avenue shortly after 11 p.m. Police were unable to locate the man.
TUESDAY, OCT. 23
Auto buglary — Someone broke into a vehicle parked in the 900 block of Kingston Avenue.
No nuts here — A Hillside Avenue resident called police at 12:51 p.m. tp report a squirrel inside the house. An animal control officer responded.
Vandalism — A resident reported graffiti on the lower part of the Oakland Avenue bridge.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 24
Stolen vehicles — Vehicle thefts were reported from the 1100 block of Rose Avenue and the first block of Crest Road.
THURSDAY, OCT. 25
Theft — Someone rifled through vehicles parked in the first block of Craig Avenue and the 1600 block of Lower Grand Avenue.
Where's Randy? — A scarecrow was stolen from a home on Moraga Avenue. The missing scarecrow is named "Randy" and was last seen wearing orange overalls. He is described as having an orange head.
FRIDAY OCT. 26
Failed burglary — Someone entered a home that's being remodeled on Lafayette Avenue about 1 a.m. but apparently fled when he set off the burglar alarm. The contractor, alerted by the alarm company, told police he found the back door slightly ajar, but nothing seemed to be missing.
Piedmont resident robbed in Oakland — A Piedmont man reported that he was robbed of his wallet and cellphone by three thieves, one of them armed with a knife. The victim was at or near a tiki bar in Oakland when the robbery took place, Piedmont police said. The case is being handled by the Oakland Police Department.
Lost and found — Reported at Highland and Sheridan avenues at 1:57 p.m. Verbatim from the police log: "Big red dog on the loose ... possibly Clifford. Dog reunited with owner."
Vehicle vs. bike — A vehicle hit a bicycle near the corner of Rose and Linda avenues about 7 p.m. Fortunately there were no injuries and the bike was not badly damaged.
Stolen vehicle — A minivan was reported stolen from the 200 block of Sunnyside Avenue.
Auto burglary — A caller reported that a man in his 50s wearing a red hat and carrying a flashlight broke into a vehicle on Greenbank Avenue about 11:30 p.m. Police were unable to locate the susect.
SATURDAY, OCT. 27
Medical condition — A caller reported that a small car was swerving all over the road and hitting the curb several times near Moraga and Highland avenues about 12:40 p.m. Police located the car at Moraga and Pleasant Valley Road. The driver, a woman in her 80s, was not injured but was taken to a hospital for treatment of a medical condition.
Theft — Someone rifled through an unlocked vehicle in the 400 block of Mountain avenue and stole an iPod.
Auto burglary — Someone broke a window of a vehicle parked in the first block of Dudley Avenue.
SUNDAY, OCT. 28
Auto recoveries — Piedmont police spotted a Acura Legend that had been reported stolen from Oakland and another vehicle stolen from Piedmont.
Wires down — A caller reported wires down on Moraga Avenue at 6:20 p.m. The Public Works Department responded.
MONDAY, OCT. 29
Political disagreement — A Cambridge Way resident reported that someone had placed "No on Y" signs in the nieghborhood.
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