The Blotter | Robbery; stolen car recovered in Piedmont

A stolen Ford Ranger was recovered in Piedmont on Oct. 27. The 1997 green pickup was reported stolen out of Berkeley.

The vehicle had been pinged by the city’s Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) system at 11:06 a.m. at Moraga and Ronada avenues. Officers stopped the vehicle. The driver, Michael Woods, born 1984, was described in the police report as a transient.

He was detained and arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle and probation violations. He was taken to Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.

A driver was taken to Summit Medical Center after being involved in an accident on Oct. 28 at Highland and Moraga avenues. The first call came in at 8:15 a.m. The driver was reported to be unresponsive in the vehicle. According to Piedmont Police Captain Chris Monahan, the driver had some type of medical issue and was not injured by the crash.

The driver was removed from the vehicle after responders broke a window of the Subaru to access them. They were taken to the hospital and the vehicle was towed.

A man on a bicycle was contacted by Piedmont officers on Oct. 30 at 2:30 p.m. on LaSalle Avenue. According to a Facebook post by the Piedmont Police, the man appeared to be under the influence and also matched the description of a robbery suspect from an incident that had “just occurred” in Oakland. Officers from Oakland Police were called and the victim of the alleged robbery identified the suspect and the bicycle, which was allegedly taken in the robbery. The male was booked at Santa Rita Jail for vehicle theft, possession of stolen property and drug charges.

At 12:26 p.m. on October 31, a call came reporting a robbery. A woman reported walking on Bonita Avenue when three masked males approached and grabbed her cell phone and purse. The suspect reportedly left the area in a black sedan. The victim was not injured. According to Captain Monahan, a credit card belonging to the victim was used in Emeryville.

Investigators are following up on the case. Police are interested if neighbors on the 200-300 block of Bonita have any video surveillance footage.

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