A jogger was hit by a car in Piedmont but is apparently OK. The accident happened at Moraga and Monticello avenues on the evening of Nov. 7. The report came in at 5:27 p.m.
The jogger told police he was running west on Moraga and did not see the black Honda Civic at Monticello and continued to run across the intersection. According to Piedmont Police Capt. Chris Monahan, the vehicle, traveling approximately 25 miles per hour, turned left southbound onto Monticello and struck the runner. The man hit the windshield with enough force to shatter it, according to Capt. Monahan. He was assessed by the Piedmont Fire Department and was not injured despite the impact.
On Nov. 9, a PPD officer driving on Excelsior Avenue saw a parked 2001 Honda Accord with a vehicle code violation. Upon checking records, the car had been reported stolen in Oakland. The car was towed and the owner notified. According to the police log, the catalytic converter was missing.
A 2001 GMC Yukon was reported stolen on Littlewood Drive at 3:20 p.m. on Nov. 11. The vehicle was parked in front of a house. A separate report of two people “tampering” with the Yukon had come in just prior, according to Capt. Monahan. They had reportedly been driving a white Audi S4. The city’s Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) recorded both the Yukon and the S4 leaving Piedmont westbound on Kingston Avenue at Monte Cresta at approximately 3:26 p.m., according to Capt. Monahan.
“The Central Marin Police Department was contacted and confirmed that the license plate to the Audi had just been reported stolen,” Capt. Monahan said.
Citizen crime tracking app not always accurate
Finally, the PPD posted a reminder on its Facebook page that residents should be careful to confirm crime reports on some apps. The Citizen app reported a robbery on Moraga in Piedmont that actually took place on Moraga Way in Orinda. Often, apps are automated and information may sometimes be posted without a check.
The PPD wrote on Facebook, “We would like to take this opportunity to encourage residents to follow our social media sites: Facebook, Instagram, and Nextdoor. We regularly post crime bulletins and community alert information on these sites.”
Capt. Monahan said, “This is the first I have heard of this mistake, but I am sure not the last.”