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2 Sidewalk Purse Snatches, 2 Home Burglaries

The El Cerrito Police Blotter for Nov. 16-18 includes two cases where purses were snatched on sidewalks between 9-10 p.m. on Nov. 16, two home burglaries, a pot-for-sale bust and arrest of a man in a stolen Toyota Tundra.

Editor's note: the El Cerrito Police Blotter below is provided by the El Cerrito police department.

November 16 

Residential Burglary – 5800 block of El Dorado St 
Officer Wells reports that an unknown suspect forced entry into a residence through the back door. 

Strong Arm Robbery – Richmond St at Waldo Ave 
Officer Aguilar reports the victim was walking northbound on Richmond St. approaching Waldo Ln. when a suspect walked up behind her and grabbed her bag from her left shoulder. The victim chased the suspect briefly westbound on Waldo Ln. until he continued running southbound on Elm St. The suspect is described as an unknown male, approximately 25-30 years old, 5’10”, 190lbs, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.
[El Cerrito police told Patch this robbery occurred about 9:57 p.m.] 

Strong Arm Robbery – Junction Ave at Knott Ave 
Officer Wong reports the victim was walking to her car in the area of Junction Ave/Knott Ave. when a suspect approached her from behind and grabbed her face. The suspect then forcefully removed the victim’s purse and fled the area on foot. The victim suffered a minor cut to her finger. The victim was transported to Doctor’s Hospital for medical treatment. The suspect was described as a light skinned black male, 20’s, 6’00”, thin to medium build wearing a light puff jacket, dark hooded sweatshirt and dark pants.
[El Cerrito police told Patch this robbery occurred about 9:04 p.m.] 

Possession of a Controlled Substance/Warrant – 10600 block of San Pablo Ave 
Officer Del Prado conducted a suspicious vehicle check in the 10600 block of San Pablo Ave. and contacted a 50-year-old man from Richmond. During the contact, Officer Del Prado discovered the man had a warrant from Solano County. During a search of the man, Officer Del Prado located a baggie of suspected methamphetamine. The man was taken into custody without incident. After booking, El Cerrito Officers took the man to County Jail. 

Recovered Stolen Vehicle – S. 52nd St at Victor Ave 
Officer Del Prado located an occupied stolen Honda (from Berkeley) in the area S.52nd St. and Victor Ave. When he attempted to conduct a stop on the vehicle, the Honda sped away at a high rate of speed and ran several stop signs. Officers did not pursue the vehicle due to weather and road conditions. The vehicle was later found unoccupied on a nearby street. 

November 17 

Recovered Stolen Vehicle – Key Blvd at Knott Ave 
Officer Aguilar located an occupied stolen Honda Accord in the area of Key Boulevard and Knott Avenue. Before Officer Aguilar could catch up to the vehicle, he lost sight of the car near Hagen Boulevard. Officers found the Honda, abandoned, near Hagen Boulevard and Morris Avenue. 

Recovered Carjacked Vehicle – 2000 block of Key Blvd 
Officer Wong located a 2009 Kia, which was reported stolen during a carjacking in the City of Richmond 30 minutes earlier. The vehicle was found abandoned in the 2000 block of Key Boulevard with the keys inside. 

Residential Burglary – 8400 block of Wildcat Dr 
Officer Aguilar reports that a suspect entered a residence in the 8400 block of Wildcat Drive via an unlocked window and stole miscellaneous items. Time of occurrence: The 17th between 1015 and 1830 hours. 

Vehicle Theft - Ashbury Ave at Fairmount Ave 
Officer Del Prado and Koda arrested a 19 year-old man from Burney for being in possession of a stolen 2012 Toyota Tundra. The male suspect was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility for vehicle theft and an outstanding warrant. 

November 18 

Possession of Marijuana for sale and Warrant Arrest – 1700 block of Eastshore Blvd 
Officers were dispatched to a physical altercation at Jack in the Box, between a male and female. Corporal Wahrlich arrived and located the male suspect in the 1700 block of Eastshore Blvd. He stopped the 20-year-old Oakland man and arrested him for possession of marijuana for sale. A records check revealed a bench warrant for burglary. The man was booked at the El Cerrito Police Department and transported to the Martinez Detention Facility. 

Driving Under the Influence - I-80 at Carlson Boulevard 
Officer Aguilar arrested a 42-year-old San Francisco resident for driving under the influence of alcohol. 

Driving Under the Influence - El Cerrito Plaza 
Officer Evans arrested a 17-year-old Albany resident for driving under the influence of alcohol.

The El Cerrito Police Blotter can be found also on nixle.com

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