Two victims were robbed at gunpoint as they were walking in the north parking lot. After taking a victim’s wallet, the suspects fled from the station via the Ohlone pathway. One suspect had a semi-automatic handgun and the other had a black revolver. Although the victims were not injured, a shooting took place a short time thereafter on the Ohlone pathway in El Cerrito’s jurisdiction. Detectives were called out, and the Video Hotline was notified.
A patron reported that he parked and locked his vehicle in the lot at 0650 hours and when he returned at 1310 hours, he discovered that the passenger window had been smashed. The interior was ransacked, but nothing appeared missing. The vehicle was not processed for prints due to rain.
Victim reported her 1997 Honda Accord, 6FAF052 CA. broken into, ransacked, the ignition damaged and $2.00 in cash taken. This occurred while the vehicle was parked in stall #664 between 0730 and 1710 hours. Photos were taken but the victim refused to have the vehicle fingerprinted.
Victim reported that her black KHS Urban Express bicycle was stolen sometime between 1840 hours on 10/19 and 0820 hours on 10/20. The bicycle had been secured with a cable lock which was found on the ground near where the bicycle was parked.
Victim reported his white men’s Schwinn 21 speed mountain bike, valued at $300, stolen between 0830 and 1815 hours. His $10 cable lock was also missing. The bicycle was locked to the bike locks located at the south end of the station.
A victim was walking through the west lot when he was attacked by two, 17 to 25 years old, suspects. They demanded his phone and lap top bag. The victim refused and the suspects attacked, kicking and punching him. They stole a HTC Thunderbolt phone and a laptop bag containing clothing and a book. The victim received minor cuts to his hand and knee. He refused medical attention. An area search with El Cerrito PD was unsuccessful. Total loss was valued at $450.
The victim exited the restroom located inside the paid area of the station. The victim had her white iPhone 4g in her left hand when S#1, (BM, 21 yrs, 6'04"-05", thin, with dreads in a pony tail, wearing a blk bb cap backwards and a white tank top with blu jeans) walked up from behind her and snatched the phone from her hand. S#1 ran out of the south end of the station and into a red Honda Civic or Accord which was parked in the West lot. The victim gave chase but was unable to catch up to the suspect and get a license plate. A second suspect, (S#2, described as a BM, 19, 5'-06", dreads, wearing a blk shirt and blu jeans), may have acted as a lookout. The victim was not injured. Officers attempted to track the victim's phone, but it was turned off by the suspect. Video surveillance was requested.
An employee from the AT&T store located in the shopping mall near the station, flagged down an officer advising that a suspect, BM, 6-02, wearing a short hat with a gry brim and a blk hoodie, had just stolen a phone from inside the store. The officer observed a subject running towards the station who matched the description . The officer and a Sergeant were able to detain the suspect on the platform without incident. ECPD responded to the station with a store employee who positively identified the suspect. The case was turned over to ECPD.
A patron reported that he parked his bicycle on 7/27/12, at 0655 hours at the El Cerrito Station. The patron reported that he used a cable lock to secure his bicycle to the bicycle rack. He returned to his bicycle at 1330 hours and discovered his bicycle was stolen. Stolen was a Peugeot road bike that was put together using spare parts and had no serial number on the frame. An Officer is investigating this case.
A patron reported the theft of his Gary Fisher 21-speed bicycle. The bike was locked to the bike racks at 1020 hours with a U-type lock. When the victim returned at 1245 hours, the bike was gone. The lock remained and it appeared that the suspect was able to somehow defeat the lock (which was still operational).
A patron reported the theft of his $1500, red and black "K2" 24-speed mens mountain bike. He locked the bike to the bike racks with a cable lock on 6/15 at 2100 hours and when he returned on 6/16 at 0200 hours, the bike and lock were gone.
An adult female patron reported to a BART Officer that her black 1996 Honda Civic (3TAA843) was broken into while it was parked at the El Cerrito Plaza Station parking lot. There was no detected sign of forced entry. Miscellaneous items were taken. The victim said she parked her vehicle about 0815 hours and returned about 2300 hours.
A victim reported her blue 1995 Saturn SL 4 door, no plates on the vehicle, stolen from stall #510 between 0800 and 1800 hours. Assigned plates are 6EOH273. 1206-1766, L13 A victim reported her blue 1995 Saturn SL 4 door, no plates on the vehicle, stolen from stall #510 between 0800 and 1800 hours. Assigned plates are 6EOH273.
A BART patron reported a vehicle with a window smash in stall #199 in the West parking lot. The officer discovered an additional five vehicles with window smashes in the same lot. The vehicles were of various makes and models and were parked throughout the lot. The officer believes the burglary/vehicle tampering occurred between 1100 hours and the time the call was received at 1304 hours. The officer had conducted directed patrols within the lots of the station before leaving around 1100 hours. At the time of this entry, only one of the vehicles had been entered. That victim reported no loss from their vehicle. It is unknown how many of the vehicles were actually burglarized. Video surveillance was requested and vehicles processed for evidence.
A victim reported that her 2011 white Subaru, 6PVK4554 CA, had been broken into while parked in stall #597 between 0800 and 1900 hours. A GPS device was taken from the vehicle. She requested the vehicle not be processed for evidence. Entry was made via a front drivers door window smash.
A victim reported that his 2008 white Chevrolet, 931JHL FL, had been broken into while parked in stall #26 between 0800 and 1745 hours. Items taken included an iPod and GPS device. The victim requested that the vehicle not be processed for evidence. Entry was made via a front drivers window smash.
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.