The Blotter | Student reports gun threat at Piedmont elementary school

In a Facebook post on April 25, PPD reported:

This afternoon at 4:03 p.m. the Piedmont Police Department received a report from the principal of Wildwood Elementary School that a student reported hearing another student threaten to bring a firearm to school. The Department contacted the parent of the student who reportedly made the threat. The parent was fully cooperative and surrendered several firearms into our possession for safe keeping. The investigation into the circumstances, including verifying the threatening statement is ongoing. We want to assure the public that there is no threat to the community at this time.

No further information is available at this time.

Stolen vehicle recovered in front of pizzeria with broken window

A 2011 white Hyundai Elantra was found in front of Zachary’s Pizza on Grand Avenue with its engine running, windows down, and lights on but with no occupant early in the morning of April 15. A Piedmont Police officer found the vehicle at 2:53 a.m. The ignition was damaged as well. A records check on the license plate came in clean, according to Piedmont Police Capt. Chris Monahan. The vehicle identification number indicated that it had been reported stolen in Oakland.

The pizzeria had one broken glass panel, “possibly from a burglary,” according to Monahan. No suspects were found on the scene, including inside Zachary’s. The vehicle was towed.

On April 18, a Piedmont Police officer recognized a car being pushed down Grand Avenue. A suspect, described in the police log as a Hispanic male 20-30 years old, fled on foot. The vehicle was towed.

A blue Volvo XC90 was stolen on April 20 from a driveway on Hagar Avenue. The report from the victim came in at 4:29 a.m., and they said the car was just stolen. Piedmont officers located the vehicle at Highland and Moraga avenues at 4:36 a.m. Police turned on their lights but the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed, according to Monahan, and was lost.

At 11:45 a.m., the victim reported that the vehicle had been recovered in Oakland with the assistance of his Volvo dealership.

A 2018 Subaru Outback was reported stolen from Monte Avenue on April 20.

A stolen 2016 Hyundai Elantra was recovered on April 16 on Vista Avenue. The police log called the vehicle “damaged” but “not stripped.”

A 2019 Hyundai Veloster was recovered on April 16 near Grand and Lake Park avenues. The vehicle had a flat tire and was towed.

A man was found walking on Highland at 4:30 a.m. on April 18. A Piedmont Police officer conducted a welfare check as the person had a pair of flex cuffs on his wrists. According to Monahan, no warrants were found. The individual asked for a courtesy ride to Oakland and consented to a search. The search revealed three glass pipes with residue, according to Monahan. The man was cited and released and given the courtesy ride to Oakland.

A dispute over an alleged hit-and-run accident was reported in person at the police department at 10:06 p.m. on April 15. The reporting person said a white Lexus slammed on their brakes in front of their vehicle nearly causing a collision and stayed in the middle of Oakland Avenue. The reporting person said they attempted to pass the Lexus on the left and that the Lexus then turned into the reporting person’s vehicle.

At 12:52 a.m. on April 16, police found a white Lexus with damage to the left front, according to Monahan. The registered owner told the officer he had been in an accident on Oakland. He was then cited and released for hit-and-run.

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