The Blotter | Vehicle vandalism

A male suspect was taken into custody in Piedmont after being stopped for driving a vehicle with no license plates. The grey Hyundai was pulled over just before midnight on Nov. 30 on Park Boulevard. There were two people in the vehicle. According to Piedmont Police Capt. Chris Monahan, the driver was found to have a warrant from Napa for burglary. He was taken to Santa Rita Jail in Dublin while the vehicle was released to the female passenger.

Two vehicles had their windows broken early on the morning of Dec. 1. The first incident happened at 4 a.m. on Wildwood Avenue. The owner of the Audi Q5 reported seeing a Black male about 5 feet, 7 inches with an “athletic build” in a green and yellow Gucci sweater jamming a stick into the window. Shortly thereafter, at 4:38 a.m., another Audi Q5 on Winsor Avenue was broken into. The owner of that vehicle provided video surveillance of a potential suspect vehicle in the area.

The total damages for the two vehicles is reported to be $1,600. No other losses were repeated.

A Dec. 3 article in the SF Standard about Oakland’s worst areas for catalytic converter theft has been making the rounds. The article shows that the 94611 area code — Piedmont and Montclair — has had the most thefts since 2020, according to Oakland Police Department data. (Monahan said in an email that PPD is tracking local incidents and that the majority of 94611 residents are in Oakland.)

ZIP code 94602 is the second worst area, which is also in the Oakland Hills and includes the Glenview neighborhood, followed by 94606, which is just east of Lake Merritt and includes the Highland Terrace neighborhood.

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