A Pittsburg bound train stopped at the station due to a report of smoke and flames underneath the train. Customers were off-boarded and the station was closed due to the smoke. BART mainline technicians, police and emergency personnel arrived to contain the scene and control traffic. Trains were single tracked in both directions, and a bus bridge was set up with County Connection to transport customers from Orinda to the Lafayette Station. Foul play was ruled out by fire investigators, who determined the fire initiated from an auxiliary power supply box located underneath train car #372. There were no injuries and full service restoration efforts are still on-going at this time.
A patron reported the theft of his black and silver Gary Fischer Tarpon mountain bike from the bike racks. The bike was secured with a cable lock on 10/9 at 0855 hours and when the victim returned at 1750 hours, the bike and lock were gone.
A Pittsburg bound train was held for 31 minutes for a report of a female in possession of a Taser while engaged in an argument with another patron. Officers arrived and off-boarded the two parties after a detailed search for the suspect. The investigation revealed a mutual verbal confrontation occurred between the two parties and no one wanted to file a complaint. A Taser was located on the suspect’s person, but it is unclear whether she had brandished it in a threatening manner toward the complainant.
A newspaper vendor reported a BART employee was harassing a local council member near the agent’s booth. During Officer R. Barrera’s investigation, it was discovered the employee claimed the politician had stepped on his foot and also struck him with a cellular phone. The employee took the phone from the politician because he did not want his photo taken, but later gave it back. The politician told police he had to go around the employee because the employee was blocking his movement while he was distributing fliers relating to the possible impending BART strike. The employee’s supervisor was summoned to the station. There were no injuries; however, the employee was transported by medical personnel to John Muir Hospital for anxiety issues. The investigation is on-going at this time.
A victim reported their white 1996 Toyota Tacoma truck had been burglarized while parked in stall #10, in the west parking lot, between the hours of 0730-2122 hours. Upon returning to his truck, the victim found the rear sliding window of the truck had been smashed and items were missing from its interior. The victim reported the following loss: an unknown name brand portable DVD player; garage door remote control; and $6 in cash. As this report was taken by the investigating officer via telephone, the victim vehicle was not processed for evidence.
The beat officer was flagged down by the victim who reported that the catalytic converter from her 2001 Toyota Sequoia was missing. The victim parked her vehicle in the West lot, stall 678, between the hours of 0900-1600 today.
A patron reported, via telephone report, the theft of one of his 2002 Toyota Tundra’s catalytic converters and the attempted theft of the vehicle’s second catalytic converter. The patron parked his Toyota in the west parking lot, stall #514, at 0630 hours. When he returned at 1950 hours, he discovered that someone had taken one of the catalytic converters and had attempted to take the second one as well, leaving serration marks on the unit. An officer completed the police report.
The on-duty station agent reported that a male was in the station attempting to buy a ticket, but that the man was so intoxicated he could barely stand. An officer responded and contacted the man. Record checks revealed the man had an outstanding, no-bail arrest warrant for probation violations related to DUI, held by the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department. The man was arrested for public intoxication and for his outstanding warrant and was booked at Martinez Jail.
A victim reported his red and black Specialized Allez-Elite 21 speed mountain bicycle was stolen while it was cable locked in the paid area of the station between 0800-1810 hours. Video hotline requested.
An officer on patrol discovered a silver 2005 Honda Civic (5RDZ939) with its hood open in stall # 544 of the Orinda Station at 1200 hours. The interior of the Honda was searched and the steering wheel column was damaged. The ignition wires had been cut and it appeared that someone had attempted to start the car. The officer used insurance information for the car to track down and contacted the owner at 1316 hours. The victim said she parked her Honda at the station at 0700 hours and the vehicle was intact at that time. The officer dusted the Honda for prints but did not locate any. Station and parking lot video was requested.
Officers responded to the station on a report of a man who was intoxicated and exposing his private parts. Officers detained the subject and found he was need of immediate medical attention due to possibly being under the influence of methamphetamine. Prior to being transported to the hospital, a witness placed the subject under citizen’s arrest for indecent exposure. Due to the suspect’s condition, he was cited for indecent exposure and sent to the hospital.
The victim's vehicle, a 2007 Honda Accord, was burglarized while parked in the lot on 12/07/12 between the hours of 1000-2030. According to the victim, there was no sign of forced entry. The interior of the vehicle was ransacked and the only loss was a bottle of Lancome Poem perfume.
A patron reported their blue 2005 Toyota Sienna van was burglarized between 0700-2000 hours, while parked in the west lot. The suspect entered by unknown means and took the vehicle registration and insurance paperwork. There was no damage to the vehicle.
A patron reported their white 2003 Honda Accord was burglarized while parked in stall #613. The suspect entered by unknown means and removed about $25 in change and the vehicle registration. There was no damage to the vehicle. The victim did not report the crime until they arrived home, so the vehicle was not available for evidence processing.
An Adult female victim reported the theft of her white, 1993 Saturn SC-1 (CA lic. 3DIB994) from stall # 1114 of the Orinda BART Station. The victim parked and locked her car at 0733 hours. When she returned at 1715 hours, her vehicle was missing. The vehicle was entered into SVS.
Victim reported, via a phone call, that his white 1999 GMC cargo van CA. 6C10880, was broken into. The suspect forced the driver’s door window down and ransacked the vehicle. No loss was reported. The vehicle was parked in the front lot of the station. The victim had driven the vehicle home to El Sobrante so no attempt to locate evidence was made. 1210-2256, L13 Victim reported, via a phone call, that his white 1999 GMC cargo van CA. 6C10880, was broken into. The suspect forced the driver’s door window down and ransacked the vehicle. No loss was reported. The vehicle was parked in the front lot of the station. The victim had driven the vehicle home to El Sobrante so no attempt to locate evidence was made.
A victim reported his silver 2002 Honda Accord was burglarized was it was parked and locked at in the east lot between 0715-1531 hours. The passenger side window was smashed and personal effects, including several compact discs, were taken from inside the vehicle. The vehicle was processed for evidence.