The Blotter | Carjacked vehicle recovered

A vehicle that was stolen in a carjacking in Piedmont in October was recovered in San Leandro.

On Dec. 27, San Leandro police notified the Piedmont Police Department that it had recovered the vehicle. One juvenile was taken into custody and taken to juvenile hall. Four other passengers were in the car and identified and released, according to Piedmont police Capt. Chris Monahan.

The vehicle was taken on Oct. 13. A woman was waiting to pick up her child at Witter Field and was parked at Wildwood Avenue and Prospect Road. Five suspects approached the vehicle and one of the suspects was armed with a gun. The women was ordered out of the vehicle and the suspects left the scene.

Monahan said the case is ongoing.

On December 31, Piedmont Police recovered a vehicle that had been reportedly stolen out of Berkeley. The police recorded a hit on a white 2003 Chevrolet Suburban through its Lojack system at 1:13 a.m. Officers found the vehicle parked and occupied on Monte Cresta Avenue and Kelton Court.

Officers searched the vehicle and found methamphetamine and keys to other vehicles, according to Captain Monahan.

The driver was arrested and transported to Santa Rita Jail in Dublin for possession of a stolen vehicle, a warrant for stealing another car, possession of methamphetamine, possession of burglary tools and a probation violation. A female passenger was not taken into custody.

On December 25, an auto burglary was reported at Wildwood Gardens. When officers arrived, they found a suspect in the driver’s seat of a white pickup truck, “hammering on the vehicle’s ignition switch,” Captain Monahan said. Officers had him at gun point, according to the police log. The individual fled, jumping off of a cliff and running away next to the creek.

Officers could not locate the suspect.

Two days later, a resident interrupted an auto burglary at Wildwood Gardens. At 6:45 a.m., a resident found somebody inside a truck belonging to a neighbor. The witness confronted the suspect and the suspect attempted to flee in a white Ford F250. The suspect could not start the truck and fled on foot. Piedmont Police arrived and could not find the suspect. The F250 was towed. The victim advised there was no loss or damage to their vehicle.

Also on Christmas, shots were reported fired at the Morcom Rose Garden in Oakland at 7:37 p.m. Piedmont police responded and found nobody there.

Finally, on December 27, an owl was reported tangled in Christmas decorations on Hazel Lane. The call came in at 11:43 a.m. The owl was freed and transported to the Lindsay Wildlife Center in Walnut Creek.

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