The Blotter | Two arrested, stolen car recovered

Kia Soul found in Ace parking lot

A stolen vehicle was recovered in the Ace Hardware parking lot on Grand Avenue and two people were arrested when they came out to the parking lot to the vehicle.

The incident began when the city’s Automatic License Plate Reader (ALPR) system recorded a hit at 5:22 p.m. on a Kia Soul reported stolen in San Leandro. The vehicle was located unoccupied in the Ace parking lot. According to Piedmont Police Capt. Chris Monahan, officers were able to secure suspect information from surveillance cameras. The two suspects walked out to the vehicle and were detained. One suspect had warrants in three counties for “approximately a dozen charges,” according to Monahan. The other had two warrants with the Alameda County Sheriff’s office. Both suspects were arrested and taken to Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.

The first suspect was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, and was arrested for warrants for that same charge as well as for narcotics, burglary tools, and driving without a license. The second suspect had warrants for theft, possession of stolen property, narcotics, conspiracy, and possession of a firearm.

Also at 9:30 a.m. on March 18, a report came in that unknown suspects stole one vehicle and rifled through another on Winsor Avenue. The crimes took place overnight, according to the report.

On March 17 a report came in of a stolen blue 2018 Infiniti QX80 with a silver Thule roof box. The vehicle was parked in a driveway. The unidentified suspects also rifled through a silver 2013 Acura RDX registered to the same victim. The registration was taken from the vehicle.

The stolen vehicle was later recovered by Hayward police, according to Monahan. There were no witnesses nor surveillance cameras that caught the suspect(s).

On March 19, a driver was arrested for a felony warrant after a traffic stop on Vernon Street in Oakland. The warrant was for vandalism in Oakland and the Oakland Police Department was called. Oakland police took the driver to Santa Rita Jail, according to Monahan.

Also on March 19, a driver was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle. The 10-foot U-Haul was spotted at Ramona and Moraga avenues. It was pulled over on Grand and Cambridge, according to the police log. The vehicle had not been returned, according to U-Haul.

At 7:21 a.m. on March 22, a blue 2011 Audi A4 wagon was stolen from Carmel Avenue. The suspects were in another stolen car, a blue Audi Q5, according to Monahan. A passenger got out and stole the victim vehicle. The incident was captured by a surveillance camera and both cars were captured leaving the city by ALPR cameras, according to Monahan.

On March 23, a resident returned to a home on Arbor and reported that the house had been broken into. The report came in at 4:06 p.m. The suspects appeared to have entered through a back window, according to Monahan. Jewelry and credit cards were taken. Someone attempted to use one of the stolen credit cards later that day, and a locator signal from the victim’s computer was detected in Oakland. Police were unable to locate the computer.

A stolen vehicle was recovered on March 23 on Pleasant Valley. The vehicle had set off the ALPR system at Moraga Avenue and Maxwelton Road at 11:49 p.m. Police located the 2018 Kia Optima parked on Pleasant Valley Avenue at 11:55 p.m. The vehicle was unoccupied, unlocked and had sustained some damage, according to Monahan.

Two other vehicles were reported stolen in Piedmont. A white Hyundai sedan was taken on St. James Drive overnight on March 19-20. A white 2016 Kia Sorento was reported stolen on Fairview Avenue at about 2 p.m. on March 20.

On March 21, an alleged hit and run accident involving a bicycle and a parked car was reported. According to Monahan, the bike sustained moderate damage and the rider fled the scene. The bike was impounded and the incident is under investigation.

On March 24, a gray 2008 Hyundai Electra was reported stolen from Olive Avenue. The vehicle was reportedly stolen overnight. There is no further information.

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