Annals of crime: Gas grifters, and an attack on police HQ

Annals of crime: Gas grifters, and an attack on police HQ

Michele Ellson

An Oakland man was arrested for smashing the front doors of Alameda Police Department HQ. Photo by Michele Ellson.

Alameda police are investigating some “completely unusual” gas thefts that took place near the Main Street ferry terminal on Thursday. They’re looking for the suspect or suspects who drilled holes in the gas tanks of a pair of vehicles parked near the terminal, apparently to take the gas inside.

Police got a call at 11:31 a.m. Thursday about a green Toyota Tundra truck parked on the 3000 block of Main Street that was leaking fuel, Capt. Joe McNiff said.

“Somebody had drilled a hole in the gas tank,” McNiff said.

The driver of a second vehicle – a rental car that had been parked on Orion Street on Alameda Point – discovered that the tank of that car had been drilled after they pulled in to a Webster Street gas station.

Police don’t have any suspects in the case, McNiff said.

McNiff said police have investigated gas thefts in the past. But this type of theft is “different from anything we’ve had in the past,” he said.

On a separate note, managers of the ferry service are preparing to double the morning commute service from the Main Street terminal – which has consistently overflowed its lots in the wake of a pair of BART strikes last year. They’re working to find other ways to get ferry riders there.

APD’s doors damaged

Police arrested an Oakland man Friday who, they said, smashed the front doors of police headquarters at Oak Street and Lincoln Avenue with “a large boulder.”

Vincent Miloslavich, 48, is facing a felony vandalism charge and a charge of resisting arrest.

McNiff said that at 10:11 a.m. Friday, Miloslavich hurled the boulder at one of the double doors that fronts police headquarters, smashing the glass. He said the boulder broke and that the man pitched a piece of it at the second door, damaging it.

He said Miloslavich was taken into custody after “aggressively resisting” arrest and complaining about trouble his brother was having obtaining housing here. McNiff said he did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Public Works Director Bob Haun, who showed up at PD while your reporter was snapping a photo of the damaged doors, said his department will be assessing the security situation at police HQ in the wake of the incident.