The Blotter | Man arrested in stolen KIA

Driver had been released on own recognizance after prior arrest

A man was arrested after he was pulled over in a stolen vehicle on June 11. The city’s Automated License Plate Reader system recorded a hit on a white 2021 KIA Seltos near Grand and Wildwood avenues.

Officers found the vehicle on 51st Street and Broadway and conducted a traffic stop. A records check on the male suspect found he had been released on his own recognizance out of Alameda County and was required to “obey all laws and be of good conduct,” according to Piedmont Police Capt. Chris Monahan.

The suspect was taken to Santa Rita Jail in Dublin and was booked on possession of a stolen vehicle, not obeying a court order and driving without a license. The owner of the vehicle has requested the suspect be prosecuted, according to Monahan.

On June 12, house on Estates Drive was potentially broken into. The alarm sounded and when officers responded at 9:04 a.m., they found evidence of a “forced entry” at two points on the house, according to the crime log. The resident was away at the time and it’s unknown if there was any loss. The house was boarded up at the entry points and secured.

A pedestrian was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia when walking on Grand Avenue on June 13. The person was known to have a warrant and was stopped by officers around 10:56 a.m.

A suspect was taken to Santa Rita Jail on June 14 after being stopped for an equipment violation, according to Monahan. The vehicle was stopped on Pleasant Valley Avenue and subsequently towed. The suspect had two warrants for driving with a suspended license and for theft, according to Monahan.

A man was arrested for suspected driving under the influence on June 15 after he was seen driving the wrong way on an onramp to Interstate Highway 580. Monahan said, “he displayed symptoms of intoxication” and was taken to Santa Rita Jail. The vehicle was towed.

Bay City News reported that the California Highway Patrol is investigating three freeway shootings this week on highways in the East Bay, according to a CHP news release Tuesday night.

Officers received a 2:30 p.m. report Tuesday of a shooting, which the CHP believes occurred Sunday night about 7:40 p.m. on eastbound Highway 80 west of Buchanan Street in Albany. Like the other two incidents in Oakland this week, no injuries were reported but the victim’s vehicle was damaged. The suspect was described as a Hispanic man about 35-40 years old, wearing sunglasses and a green fitted cap, while driving a newer silver BMW convertible.

In another news release Tuesday night, the CHP described a different suspect in a separate, but similar, shooting that took place Tuesday about 3:35 p.m. on eastbound Interstate Highway 580 near the junction of Highway 24. The CHP described the suspect as a heavy-set, deeply-tanned white man between 50 and 60 years old, who was driving a 2019 gray Tesla. CHP officials said they suspect road rage is a factor. Like the other shootings, no injuries were reported but the victim’s vehicle was damaged.

The CHP is also investigating another freeway shooting, but no suspect has yet been described in the incident Monday morning on the 66th Avenue off-ramp of southbound Interstate Highway 880 in Oakland. A vehicle was damaged when struck by a bullet at about 8:40 a.m.

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