The Blotter Highlights ending August 13, 2023

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On Tuesday, August 1st, at approximately 10:20 p.m., officers contacted a female in the 1800 block of Whipple Road. After determining she was on probation for drug sales, officers searched her. They found 10 ounces of methamphetamine, a large amount of cash, and other items indicative of drug sales. Officers arrested the female for possession, transportation, and sale of drugs. 


Just after midnight, on Friday, August 4th, officers responded to a robbery in the 31700 block of Alvarado Boulevard. While walking back to his apartment after making a cash withdrawal, three suspects armed with handguns ambushed the victim. They robbed him of his cell phone, bank card, and cash, then fled in their vehicle. The victim described the suspects as three Black males in their early to mid-twenties, about 5'3" tall and 130 pounds.

Minutes later, the same suspects from the robbery carried out a carjacking in the 30900 block of Vallejo Street. The three suspects pointed their guns at the victim and robbed her of her belongings and vehicle. The victim's husband heard the commotion and exited their residence, armed with a handgun. The husband fired several rounds at the suspects, and they fled in the victim's vehicle. The victim's vehicle was later found damaged and abandoned in Oakland. There were no reported injuries.

On Wednesday, August 9th, at approximately 11:00 p.m., officers responded to a strong-arm robbery in the 1700 block of Decoto Road. The victim, identified as store security, attempted to stop the suspect from stealing food items. A struggle ensued over the bag containing the stolen food, and the suspect’s dog bit the victim on the arm causing an injury. The suspect was described as a white female adult with blond hair, wearing a green sweatshirt. Responding officers were unable to locate the suspect on an area check.


On Saturday, August 12th, at approximately 8:42 p.m., officers responded to 5th Street and B Street for the report of gunshots heard. Officers arrived on the scene and found evidence of a shooting, but luckily, no victims.

On Sunday, August 13th, at approximately midnight, officers responded to a shooting in the 33100 block of Alvarado Niles Road. The caller heard several gunshots in the area and called 911. Officers arrived and discovered that multiple glass windows were shattered in a nearby closed business.


On Monday, August 7th, at approximately 1:00 a.m., an unknown suspect broke into the Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School and spray-painted racist graffiti, which caused an estimated $8,000 in damage to school property.


On Sunday, August 6th, at approximately 4:00 a.m., officers conducted a traffic enforcement stop on Oregon Street and Alvarado Niles Road. They contacted the driver, who displayed objective signs of intoxication, and arrested him for driving under the influence of alcohol.

On Sunday, August 6th, at approximately 4:00 p.m., officers responded to a traffic collision on Smith Street and Tidewater Drive. An intoxicated driver sped through a red light and collided with another vehicle, a hydrant, and the rear fence of a residence. The occupants of the second vehicle were transported to the hospital for minor injuries, and the intoxicated driver was arrested for driving under the influence.

On Saturday, August 12th, at approximately 3:15 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on Whipple Road and Central Avenue. The driver displayed objective signs of alcohol intoxication and was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.



From Monday, July 31st, to Sunday, August 13th, there were two residential burglaries reported.


From Monday, July 31st, to Sunday, August 13th, there were seven commercial burglaries reported.


From Monday, July 31st, to Sunday, August 13th, there were twenty-two reported burglaries. One occurred at Union Landing, and the rest occurred in residential areas.

From Monday, July 31st, to Sunday, August 13th, there were thirty-two reported vehicle thefts. As of the time of this report, nineteen of the vehicles have been recovered.


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Anyone with information on local crime or any of the listed incidents should contact the Investigations Division at 510-675-5275. Those wishing to remain anonymous can contact the tips line by calling 510-675-5207 or email Please note that messages left after regular business hours or on the weekend will not be received until the next business day. If you are calling to report a crime that is currently occurring, call 911.