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Piedmont Police Department

Piedmont police on scene with stolen vehicle Nov. 5

On Oct. 28, a man was reported to be looking into a garbage can on Highland Avenue at 10:44 p.m. Officers found the individual and identified him and found he was on probation. He was searched and suspected methamphetamine was found in a shirt pocket, according to Piedmont Police Capt. Chris Monahan. He said police also found burglary tools, credit cards, and mail not belonging to the suspect.

He was arrested for possession of drugs, possession of burglary tools and violating probation and taken to Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.

At 12:08 a.m. on Nov. 1, the city’s Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) system recorded a hit on a stolen red 2009 Mazda RX-8 at Trestle Glen Road and Valant Place. Officers found the vehicle shortly thereafter traveling on Trestle Glen and attempted to pull it over. The driver backed the car into a driveway on Humphrey Place and then fled, leaving a pregnant passenger in the vehicle.

The driver was not found. A search of the vehicle turned up a backpack apparently belonging to the driver, according to Monahan. He said the backpack contained burglary tools, a cell phone and two vehicle keys. The passenger was identified and then taken to the hospital for “pregnancy pain.”

The stolen vehicle was towed. It had been reported stolen in Newark.

On Nov. 2, two suspects forced their way into a Shell gas station located on Wildwood Avenue. The incident happened at 1:17 a.m. According to Monahan, the suspects took a floor jack and a portable battery charger with a total value of $700. The suspects drove off in a black Chevrolet sedan.

On Nov. 3, a female driver was arrested after being seen by police driving the wrong way down Grand Avenue. Police saw the vehicle at 3:05 a.m. The officer reported she showed signs of intoxication, according to Monahan. There were numerous open beer bottles in the car.

The driver failed field sobriety tests and blew .20 Blood Alcohol Level on the PAS breathalyzer, according to Monahan. The driver was taken to Santa Rita Jail and a a breath test was administered there. The vehicle was left parked legally in a parking lot. DUI charges have been filed.

On Nov. 5, the ALPR system detected a stolen white 1997 Chevrolet C 1500 near Grand and Wildwood avenues. Piedmont police found the vehicle parked in a driveway on Magnolia Avenue. A woman was returning to the vehicle and she was detained, according to Monahan.

The vehicle was searched and burglary tools were found as well as credit cards and IDs that did not belong to the driver, according to Monahan. The woman was found to be on probation for possession of a stolen vehicle. She was taken to Santa Rita Jail.

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