The Blotter | Stolen van recovered in Piedmont

Two taken into custody

Two people were taken into custody on August 2 when a stolen van was recovered in Piedmont. A white 1993 Chevrolet C-20 triggered the city’s Automated License Plate Reader system around 5:21 a.m. The van was found parked on Linda Avenue with three people inside.

The vehicle had been reported stolen from Oakland on July 2. The driver and one passenger were found to be on probation. The other passenger had several credit cards, IDs, and passports not in her name, according to Piedmont Police Capt. Chris Monahan.

The person with the credit cards, IDs, and passports was taken into custody and taken to Santa Rita Jail in Dublin. So was the driver, for possession of a stolen vehicle. The third individual was identified and released.

On July 30, a home was burglarized on Monticello Avenue. The report came in at 7:38 p.m. An unknown number of suspects entered the house between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Cabinets were left open but the only item reported stolen was an Apple MacBook computer.

A resident on Highland Avenue reported being “extorted” for money on Instagram and Snapchat. The victim sent $200 and then called police when more was requested. There is no known suspect at this time.

Early on the morning of August 4, a Piedmont police officer came across a man was sitting in a running vehicle in the area of Moraga and Highland avenues, according to a post on the Police Department’s Facebook page. The subject was on probation for assault with a deadly weapon, according to Piedmont police. A loaded semiautomatic handgun stolen in Arizona was found on the passenger seat, according to police. The man was arrested and taken to Santa Rita Jail.

Nimble tot prompts property line dispute

Finally, the log reported a dispute between neighbors on Estates Drive. A baby was reported to have climbed a fence between two properties. The neighbor has since removed the fence in the belief that she could be liable. A drop of four feet now exists at the property line and, according to the log, the neighbor is threatening trespassing charges. The residents with the baby told officers they would construct a new fence on their property for privacy.

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