The Blotter | Stolen cars recovered, suspicious leafy greens, juvies spotted vandalizing school building

A pair of stolen cars were recovered by the Piedmont Police Department during the week of August 28 – September 4 according to the Department crime log.

On August 31 around 10:11 a.m., a caller reported that someone in a red Ford Mustang parked on Sharon Avenue appeared to be casing the area. The suspect fled the area. About an hour later, property was found on Mountain Avenue, including a key to the Mustang.

The vehicle had been rented from Avis on July 15, and then not returned when it was due the next day.

Along with the key, identification of a “person of interest” was found, according to Piedmont Police Department Captain Chris Monahan. The car was towed so AVIS could recover it and detectives with the PPD are conducting a follow-up investigation.

Around 8:05 p.m. on August 28, the Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) system recognized a reportedly stolen silver Toyota Camry traveling on Ronada Avenue from Grand Avenue.  Officers pulled the car over into a parking lot at 898 Red Rock Road. The vehicle was confirmed stolen and a suspect identified as Craig Candies (born in 1961) was checked for outstanding warrants, none were found. The suspect was cited and released, per Alameda County policy.

A suspicious package was sent to a Piedmont resident on Wildwood Avenue from an address in Amsterdam. On August 29 around 4:32 p.m., the recipient reported the package. It was addressed to the person but the recipient said they had not ordered it. The responding officer opened the package and found a clear bag with a green, leafy substance in it. The contents were booked as found property.

A trailer containing tools was reported stolen on Crocker Avenue on August 31. The tools were worth approximately $10,000.

A report came in on August 31 about a group of juveniles who had been on the roof of the school field equipment house along Magnolia Avenue the day before. The person reporting the incident said they had surveillance video and that the kids had torn some of the shingles off of the roof of the building.

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