A victim reported the theft of their catalytic converter from their red 1994 Isuzu Rodeo while it was parked at the El Cerrito Plaza. The victim parked at 0720 hours in stall #48 (west lot) and returned at 1650 hours to discover their loss. Loss was estimated at $300.00. The converter was unbolted and removed from the vehicle. The bolts used to secure the converter were left on scene. The bolts and vehicle were checked for prints but with negative results. An officer completed a report.
A female patron reported that a male suspect punched her in the back of the head as she was walking down the stairs from the platform. She does not know the male and has no idea why he hit her. A witness also saw the battery. Once on the concourse level, the suspect squared off at her as if he were going to hit her again, but the station agent and another patron approached and the suspect fled the area. The suspect was located nearby by responding officers. Both the witness and the victim identified him as the responsible and placed him under citizen's arrest for battery on a transit passenger. The male suspect was issued a prohibition order before being booked into the Martinez Detention Facility for the battery charge. The victim, who suffered some soreness to the back of her head, refused medical attention at the scene, but said that she would seek her own treatment if needed.
A patron reported the theft of her pink 10-speed women’s mountain bike, valued at $400. The victim secured the bike to the exterior racks, near Central Avenue, with a cable lock at 0930 hours. When the victim returned, at 2331 hours, the bike was gone. The investigating officerrequested station video.
A female victim seated on a bench on the south side of the station had her Samsung Galaxy phone stolen from her hand. The suspect was described as a black male, 18-20 years old, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and riding a dark colored bike. The suspect fled southbound on the Ohlone Greenway. Responding officers were unable to locate the suspect. The victim was not injured.
A patron reported that their Novara 8 Speed women's folding bike was stolen yesterday (8/1) between 0810-1700 hours. The victim secured the bike to the racks using a cable lock and when they returned the bike was missing. The victim valued the bike at $600.
A female victim reported that she was walking on the BART pathway at the El Cerrito Station when a Hispanic male, early 30's, wearing a red shirt and khaki pants with sunglasses ran up behind her and grabbed her buttocks and vagina area between her legs. The victim protested, and the suspect repeatedly said that he was "just saying hello." Officers responded to the scene but were unable to locate the suspect. The victim stated that she could identify the suspect. There are no surveillance cameras covering the area of the incident.
The station agent called to report hearing gun shots near the station. Shortly after the initial call, the agent called back to say there was a male with a gunshot wound at the station (bus zone area). Officers and medical attention arrived and the victim was transported to a local hospital by way of helicopter. The suspects were not located. Investigators and ID technicians responded and the investigation is on-going. The station was closed and trains were held out briefly. Trains were eventually allowed to run through until the station was reopened at 1330 hours. TSOC was notified.
Patrons reported a male suspect on a Richmond bound train who was moving from car to car and panhandling. Responding officers intercepted the train and contacted the suspect on board. Record checks showed that the suspect had an outstanding, no-bail arrest warrant for parole violation held by the Department of Corrections. The man was arrested on his outstanding warrant and booked at the Martinez Jail.
A patron called to make a phone report regarding his 2000 Toyota Echo being burglarized on 5/14. The vehicle was parked in the west lot at 0820 hours and when the victim returned at 1820 hours, the stereo was missing. The rear passenger door was discovered to be unlocked and there were no signs of forced entry, so the victim is unsure how entry was gained.
An argument between a couple escalated when the male punched the female in the stomach as they walked down a stairwell from the San Francisco platform. The suspect then fled from the station. BART and El Cerrito officers searched for the suspect, including two addresses where he is known to reside, but met with negative results. The victim, who was not injured and did not require medical attention, was transported to a safe location by the investigating officer. The suspect is described as follows: Black male; 6’1” tall; brown hair and brown eyes; slender build; last seen wearing a grey/black colored checkered jacket and blue jeans.
A female victim reported the theft of her white Samsung Galaxy 2 (no serial number or tracking software available) from her person. The victim was standing in the bus zone when a male suspect (20's, facial hair, black "puffy" jacket, red checked shirt, blue jeans) removed her cell phone from her sweatshirt pocket and fled south from the station. The loss was reported as $200.00. El Cerrito PD was advised and station video was requested.
A victim reported her 1991 white Honda Civic was burglarized while it was parked and locked at the station between 0740-1620 hours. Entry was made via the driver door and miscellaneous items were taken from inside the vehicle. Photos were taken and the victim did not wish do have his vehicle processed for fingerprints.
An officer conducting a welfare check on an adult male discovered that the male was too intoxicated to care for his own safety. The male was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility for public intoxication.
A victim reported her $120.00 black 7-speed mountain bike was stolen while it was parked and secured with a cable lock at the station between 0900-1800 hours. The victim did not know the bike’s make, model or serial number. There is no video recording capability in the area of the theft.
A woman reported that a suspect pulled her Apple laptop off of her lap aboard a train and escaped with it through El Cerrito Plaza station. An unsuccessful area search was conducted for the suspect. (suspect description: B-M, 30’s, wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt with the hood up covering his head)
A male called requesting to be taken to a mental institution. When officers arrived, they determined that the man did not qualify for emergency psychiatric evaluation, but that he did have a probation condition requiring that he stay away from all BART property. The man was arrested for violation of a court order and booked at Martinez Jail.
A patron reported by phone that their green 1999 Honda Civic was burglarized between 0700-1500 hours, while parked in stall #556. An unknown suspect apparently used a shaved key to gain entry and then removed the in-dash stereo and an iPod from the interior.
Officers responded to the station on a report of a person in possession of altered BART tickets and carrying a knife. After a positive identification was made by the reporting party, a search of the person upon detention resulted in the recovery of suspected rock cocaine. The person, identified as Johnnie Caldwell (B/M 12/24/68), was placed under arrest for possession of narcotics. No altered tickets were found in the suspect’s possession. A sergeant arrived at the scene to approve the arrest and interview the suspect.
A patron reported their teal 1999 Honda Civic was burglarized while parked in stall #96, between 0700-1720 hours. An unknown suspect broke the right rear wing window to gain entry and attempted to remove the car stereo.