The Blotter | Woman arrested for mail theft

Was found in vehicle with stolen license plate

A woman was arrested in Piedmont after being found with stolen mail, credit cards, and cell phones. The incident began when the city’s Automated License Plate Reader system reported a stolen license plate from San Francisco at 5 a.m. on Nov. 27 near Linda and Kingston avenues.

Piedmont police located the vehicle parked on Kingston about nine minutes later. Two women were in the car. Police performed a check on the VIN and found the license plate did not match the vehicle, according to Piedmont Police Capt. Chris Monahan.

The driver was the registered owner of the vehicle. The vehicle was searched and the stolen mail, credit cards, and cell phones were found, according to Monahan. He said the driver claimed the property belonged to her.

The driver was taken to Santa Rita Jail in Dublin. The license plate was recovered.

On Nov. 27, police were called to Linda Beach Elementary School due to a “currently unauthorized employee on campus refusing to leave school grounds,” Monahan said. The call came at 7:59 p.m. Police responded and found the individual, identified as Herberto Perez, in a hallway. Perez was taken to Santa Rita Jail and booked for trespassing and delaying police from their duties.

At 12:39 a.m. on Dec. 1, officers near Grand and Oakland avenues observed a vehicle pass by and then “abruptly” park, according to Monahan. The driver exited the vehicle. Once officers made contact with the individual, they suspected he was under the influence of alcohol and also smelled marijuana, according to Monahan.

The driver was found to be on probation for illegal firearms possession in Contra Costa County. A search of the individual found suspected marijuana as well as “large amounts of money,” according to Monahan. The vehicle was searched and multiple bags of suspected marijuana and more cash. A nearly empty bottle of tequila was also found.

According to Monahan, the individual made threats against the officers during his arrest. He was taken to Santa Rita Jail and booked for DUI, DUI with a prior, narcotics for sale and threatening police.

An 18-year old was arrested for DUI after she was found sleeping in her vehicle on Nov. 25. At 2:22 a.m., police found a Toyota Prius parked on a sidewalk at Lakeshore and Mandana avenues. An officer found a woman sleeping in the vehicle and after being woken up, the woman attempted to start the car, according to Monahan.

The driver had slurred speech and an open bottle of vodka was in the vehicle, according to Monahan. He added that she told officers she had been drinking with friends.

After being taken to Santa Rita Jail, the driver was found to have a BAC of .14 and .16.

On Nov. 28, a vehicle was observed by police to be driving at a high rate of speed and swerving on Grand Avenue, according to Monahan. The vehicle was pulled over on Linda Avenue.

The driver was unable to provide his registration and insurance when asked, Monahan said, and was unable to stand steady without assistance after exiting the vehicle.

Police detected the odor of alcohol and the driver was taken to Santa Rita Jail, according to Monahan. A search at the jail found .55 grams of suspected cocaine. He was charged with DUI and possession of cocaine.

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