Burglaries hit a city-owned warehouse, an office building and two homes Monday and Tuesday, June 25 and 26, according to an Alameda Police Department spokesman.
In the first incident, reported Monday morning, burglars cut a padlock and removed an exposed portion of sheetrock wall from a warehouse at 2251 Orion St., Lt. Ted Horlbeck said. The thieves then took copper wiring from inside the wall of the city-owned building.
It's impossible to tell just how much wire was stolen, Horlbeck said. "They just keep pulling it out until they can't pull any more," he said.
Thieves often sell stolen copper wiring to metal recycling businesses; in Contra Costa County, as part of a multi-agency sting operation, seven junk dealers are being charging with illegally purchasing stolen copper wire and other metals.
On Tuesday morning, employees arrived at a commercial building at 2175 Monarch St., at Alameda Point, to find that computers had been stolen from several businesses housed there. The burglar may have gained access through an open window, Horlbeck said.
Tuesday afternoon, residents of a home in the 200 block of Cypress Street discovered a burglar had entered through an open rear bedroom window, ransacked the home and taken jewelry, camera equipment and a video game system, Horlbeck said.
Later the same afternoon, police were notified of a residential burglary in the 1600 block of Morton Street. The intruder used a shovel to pry open a kitchen window, then entered and searched the home and left through the front door, Horlbeck said. The residents were still checking to determine what was missing, according to the police report.
A juvenile wearing a ski mask threatened another juvenile with a pellet gun and took the victim's cell phone late Monday evening, Horlbeck said. The robbery happened in the 400 block of Ironwood Road.
A robbery attempt in the 1600 block of Webster Street Wednesday afternoon was less successful. Horlbeck said a man was sitting in his parked car talking on his cell phone when two juveniles appeared at the car window and threatened to shoot the driver if he didn't hand over his phone. The victim didn't see a weapon and drove away safely with the phone still in his possession, Horlbeck said.
An auto was stolen from in front of a residence in the 300 block of Magnolia Drive, the victim reported to police at 3:43 a.m. on June 25.
Someone broke a window of a vehicle in the 600 block of Westline Drive the evening of June 26 and stole personal belongings.
A caller reported an abandoned auto near Santa Clara Avenue and Lafayette Street at 6:55 p.m. on June 27. Police discovered the vehicle had been stolen from Hayward.
At the Bank of America branch at 2218 Otis Dr., someone attempted to pass a fraudulent check the afternoon of June 25.
Someone used a Ninth Street resident's lost debit card to buy various items, the victim reported to police June 26.
An arsonist set fire to a pile of garbage in the 600 block of Buena Vista Avenue on June 26. Part of a wooden fence was burned, according to the police report.
A 25-year-old Alameda man was arrested the evening of June 27 after he hit his wife in the face and head several times during an argument in a vehicle, according to police reports.
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