Police recover four stolen vehicles

A Piedmont Recreation Department van was one of four reportedly stolen vehicles recovered in the city during the week of December 3-10. The Piedmont van was reported stolen sometime over the weekend of December 4-5. The white 2006 Econoline E350 was recovered with “some steering column damage,” according to Piedmont Police Department Captain Chris Monahan.

A blue and white 1997 Ford Econoline van was recovered on December 4 on Highland Avenue and Guilford Road at 3:04 a.m. The van had been reported stolen in Richmond on December 1. The van was towed and stored, according to Captain Monahan. There are no suspects or leads at this time.

On December 5 at 2:28 a.m., Piedmont police found a tan 2000 GMC Yukon parked but idling on Jerome Avenue. As an officer approached the vehicle, a man got out of the van and ran south towards Oakland Avenue. The driver, described as a Hispanic male adult, got away. The officer noticed the door key lock and ignition were “punched.” Piedmont Police dispatch contacted Richmond Police and found the vehicle had been stolen. “Several grams” of Fentanyl were discovered in the vehicle.

At 11 p.m. on December 6, a officer driving on Santa Clara Avenue near Harrison Street found a parking violation for a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado. The vehicle was unoccupied and had been reported stolen out of Contra Costa County. The vehicle’s battery and catalytic converter were missing. It was towed for the owner.

There were also vehicles reported stolen during the week. On December 8, a green, four-door 1994 Honda Accord was stolen from in front of a residence on Grand Avenue. The car was reportedly taken between 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. and is worth approximately $1,200.

Another car was reported stolen on December 9 on Oakmont Avenue. The gray 2019 Mazda CX-9 was apparently taken between 8 p.m. the night before to 9:45 a.m. The car is valued at approximately $40,000.

On December 8 at 2:23 a.m., a silver 1999 Honda Civic fled from police on Prince Street toward Mandana Boulevard. The police did not pursue.

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