The Blotter | Police arrest suspect in July robbery

The Piedmont Police Department announced a suspect in a robbery that took place in front of a house in Piedmont last July is in custody.

El Sobrante resident Eddie Ray Nute (27) is awaiting trial for the robbery as well as six other Bay Area robberies with similar characteristics. He apparently had followed the victim home from the bank before the robbery.

The Piedmont incident happened on July 27 on the 300 block of Sheridan Avenue. A Piedmont resident was exiting the house and was approached by the suspect, who demanded all his money and an envelope. The victim had just returned from the bank. According to the Piedmont Police, “detectives conducted follow-up with the victim’s bank and were able to identify a possible suspect vehicle that matched the description provided by the victim, a silver Acura MDX. Upon collecting and reviewing several additional security videos from different locations along the direction of travel, detectives determined the victim had been followed home by the suspect.”

The case had similarities to robberies in Berkeley, Oakland and Castro Valley.

Anyone with additional information may call Piedmont Detective John Lagos at 510-420-3013.


On Oct. 3, a man was arrested after being stopped on his bicycle at Lakeshore near Park. The man was stopped at approximately 11:42 p.m. for not having a light on his bike. According to Piedmont Captain Chris Monahan, the man initially gave a false name before giving his real name. A check found a warrant for battery in Berkeley. A search of his backpack revealed a glass pipe. He was taken to Santa Rita Jail in Dublin for giving false identification to police, drug paraphernalia, and the outstanding warrant.

Also on Oct. 3, a person found a case in Piedmont and reported it to police for having drug paraphernalia in it.

On Oct. 1, Piedmont police arrested a suspect who had tools “consistent” with use in catalytic converter thefts. The suspect exited his vehicle in the early morning hours and was contacted by a police officer. A search of the vehicle produced a jack, two blades and two Swazali saws as well as a glass pipe. The suspect was taken to Santa Rita Jail.

Piedmont Police recommend residents etch the vehicle license plate number on their catalytic converters to make identification easier. Residents are also told to park in well-lit areas and install an anti-theft device.

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