The Blotter | Guns, drugs, and a stolen car

On September 2, a fight in the streets was reported on Highland Avenue near the Mulberry’s parking lot at 1:15 p.m. One person had accused another of taking his cell phone. The other party did not have the phone. Officers arrived and detained the accuser who had, “an odor of alcohol emanating from his person,” according to Captain Monahan. He added that the individual “was unable to care for himself due to his intoxication.” The suspect was taken to Santa Rita Jail and booked for being drunk in public.

Four individuals were seen in a vehicle involved in a recent carjacking on September 6. The city’s Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) identified a black Honda Accord entering Piedmont at 4:36 p.m. on Windsor Avenue. According to Piedmont Police Department Captain Chris Monahan, Piedmont Police attempted to stop the car. The suspects instead fled in the vehicle before hitting a cement curb at the Interstate 580 onramp at Santa Clara Avenue.

Four males then exited the vehicle and fled in different directions. According to Captain Monahan, all four were armed. Two of the suspects dropped weapons while fleeing — an “AR-style ghost gun” and a 40 caliber hand gun. Oakland Police also responded to the scene. A search by police including a drone did not turn up the suspects. Captain Monahan said no arrests have been made that Piedmont Police are aware of. “It is an OPD case,” he said.

The vehicle was impounded.

Also on September 6, another stolen vehicle was identified by the ALPR system. A brown 1992 Honda Accord pinged the system at Kingston and Monte Cresta avenues. When police arrived, they found the vehicle unoccupied and parked on Kingston. A witness reported that two suspects had fled, according to Captain Monahan.

The suspects were located hiding in the bushes on Linda Avenue. Captain Monahan said the witness identified the suspects, who were on probation. Police found burglary tools and Fentanyl, according to Captain Monahan. The two were arrested and taken to Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.

On September 11, racist and offensive graffiti was found inside one of the restrooms at Linda Beach Playfield. Captain Monahan declined to say what exactly the graffiti was but he said, “the words were common swear words and one word was directed at African Americans.”

Public Works Department staff came and painted over the graffiti, according to the Piedmont Police. Anybody with information about this should contact Detective Tucker at 510-420-3013.

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