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Police Log: Robbers Strike on Park, Webster

Incidents of interest from the Alameda Police Department log, July 12-17.

Robbers struck twice on Tuesday, July 17, in unconnected incidents on Webster Street and Park Street, an Alameda Police Department spokesman said.

A young man tried unsuccessfully to rip a gold necklace from around the throat of an Alameda woman walking with her husband in the 1400 block of Webster Street about 1 p.m., Lt. Ted Horlbeck said. After a brief struggle, the would-be robber fled on foot, chased by the victim's husband, Horlbeck said. The thief escaped by boarding an AC Transit bus. He was described as wearing a white T-shirt, brown vest or jacket and khakis. The woman was not injured in the incident, Horlbeck said.

Tuesday evening, about 9:30 p.m., an Oakland man was working on his Apple laptop at an outdoor table at Starbucks, 1364 Park St., when two teenage boys hit him in the head and tried to steal his computer, Horlbeck said. When the man resisted, the boys hit him again and brandished a "realistic-looking" gun. This time the man gave up his laptop, Horlbeck said. Police later found the weapon — which turned out to be a replica rather than a real gun — beneath a parked car. The victim suffered minor injuries but declined medical treatment, Horlbeck said.

Burglaries

A burglar broke into the Union 76 service station at 1541 Park St. (at Lincoln Avenue) by smashing a window in the station's roll-up front door just after 4 a.m. on July 12, Horlbeck said. The intruder set off the station's security system, triggering a motion sensor and a glass-breaking alert. The alarm company notified the APD, but the burglar was gone when police arrived, Horlbeck said. The thief rifled through a cash drawer, taking the paper currency but leaving the drawer and the coins behind, he said.

A burglar broke into a storage unit in the 1900 block of Sherman Street, possibly by using a key left on the door by mistake, and took two boxes of goods, police said. The theft was reported July 13.

Someone forced open a window at a home in the 1900 block of Chestnut Street the evening of July 14 and stole computer equipment, including an iPad, an iPod and headphones, police said. The burglary occurred while the victim was away from the house for a couple of hours and was reported at 10:24 p.m., police said.

Vehicle Incidents

Three people received minor injuries when an SUV hit an exterior wall at Bay Farm Island Elementary School on July 13.

Two branches fell from a city-owned tree in the 2900 block of Gibbons Drive on July 15, causing moderate damage to an occupied vehicle and minor scratches to an unoccupied parked vehicle, police said. No one was injured in the incident.

A vehicle was reported stolen from the 2000 block of San Antonio Avenue the morning of July 15.

Arson

Fireworks touched off a small grass fire in the 1800 block of Eighth Street about 6:30 p.m. on July 16.

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Al A. Meda July 19, 2012 at 05:33 PM
how on EARTH does anyone escape ANYTHING on an AC transit bus? All you'd have to do is follow the bus and wait until it makes its next stop!
hobnob July 19, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Time to start carrying mace around! Of course, this doesn't help when teenagers pull life-like guns at a person, but would help in all other incidents of brazen robberies. Make sure to aim at their eyes and make sure that you keep on spraying until you know it is really in their eyes! You just have to be vigilant and careful now-a-days.
Salem September 30, 2012 at 05:44 AM
All of these incidents are because the police are getting a terrible reputation now. It is true. Word gets around. They need more of them and police need to be allowed to profile. We need to perhaps cut some salaries. Look at how much our city employees make: http://thealamedan.org/news/conversation-piece-are-city-employees-paid-too-much
Salem September 30, 2012 at 05:46 AM
Oh and the police need to be paid well and have a solid force. We, as citizens need to support them. Ours is a little force now, with our big guys making top salaries.
Salem September 30, 2012 at 05:47 AM
If we had more police, perhaps we could stop it, but the officer (s) were likely on the other side of town.

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