Theft/Parole Violation Arrest

May 5, 2012, 5:07 p.m.

El Cerrito Plaza
Case: 1205-0672

Officers responded to the El Cerrito Plaza station on a report of a cell phone snatch that had just occurred.  The victims, who are blind, were approached by the suspect in the free area at the south end of the station.  The suspect stated that he was in "crisis" and asked to use their phone.  The victims handed the suspect their phone which he used.  The suspect then walked off with the phone.  A bus driver and a BART employee witnessed what had happened and notified the station agent who in turn notified the police.  Upon their arrival, officers observed the suspect running from the station.  The suspect surrendered to the officers without incident and was detained in handcuffs.  The ensuing investigation revealed that no force or fear was used by the suspect to obtain the victim's phone.  After using the phone, the suspect walked off with it, but was confronted by witnesses who made the suspect give back the phone.  The suspect ran off as officers approached.  A records check revealed that the suspect was on active Parole for Burglary and was considered mentally unstable.  The suspect's Parole Agent was contacted and a parole hold was placed on the suspect.  A witness positively identified the suspect during an in-field show up.  The victim's declined to press charges for the theft.  The suspect was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility on the parole hold.  

Prohibition order
Warrant related
General Petty Theft