The Blotter | Woman detained on theft charges

A woman was arrested and taken to Santa Rita Jail in Dublin for stealing a Leatherman tool out of a vehicle on Jan. 17.

The incident took place near the intersection of Grand and Greenbank avenues. A white female with short, dark hair was reported to Piedmont Police dispatch at 12:54 p.m. Witnesses and video footage showed the suspect opening an unlocked vehicle parked on Grand and going through the contents, according to Piedmont police Capt. Chris Monahan.

Police arrived at the 1600 block of Grand and found a potential suspect. Victims told officers that the suspect who had been detained was the same person they saw going through the contents of the vehicle. They also asked to file criminal charges.

The stolen Leatherman tool is valued at approximately $125, according to police. Monahan said the woman admitted to taking the tool. She was booked for theft and released. She is on parole for assault with a deadly weapon, according to Monahan.

Two stolen cars were recovered in Piedmont within hours of each other. The first was reported Jan. 17 at 10:53 p.m. The unoccupied 2005 Infinity FX3 was found on Lake Park and Lakeshore avenues. It had been reported out of San Leandro. Police said the interior of the vehicle had been stripped.

A 2005 Ford CVC 4-door was found at 5:45 a.m. the next morning at Crocker and Wildwood avenues. It had been reported stolen from Oakland.

On Jan. 21, a vehicle on Wildwood caught fire when the ignition was turned. The report came in at 10:29 a.m. Monahan said the smoke appeared in the engine compartment. The owner and a neighbor were trying to put out the fire when officers arrived. The fire was extinguished and a private tow truck was called to take the vehicle.

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