Police urge vigilance following rash of East End burglaries

Police urge vigilance following rash of East End burglaries

Michele Ellson

Police are seeking this man in connection with a home burglary that took place Saturday evening on the 3000 block of Madison Street. Photo courtesy of the Alameda Police Department.

Police are urging East End residents to be vigilant and to lock their doors and windows due to a rash of thefts from cars and also, a series of burglaries that occurred while residents were at home.

“That’s what has us most concerned,” Alameda Police Sgt. Jeff Emmitt said. “Not just the number, but the time they’re occurring.”

Emmitt said the first of the burglaries was reported at 5:47 p.m. Saturday on the 3000 block of Madison Street and the second at 5 p.m. Monday on the 3100 block of Otis Drive. Two more were reported early Monday morning – one at 4:26 a.m. on the 3200 block of Fairview Avenue and a second at 5:40 a.m. on the 2800 block of Van Buren Street.

The East End has also seen a half dozen car break-ins since Saturday, police said, including four on Monday. In a message released on the Nixle online notification service, police said the suspect or suspects in the crimes both forced entry into residences and entered homes and cars through unlocked doors.

Island-wide, Alamedans have reported 17 home burglaries and 31 vehicle break-ins since January, police said.

None of the residents whose homes were burglarized over the past few days had contact with the suspected burglars and none were harmed, Emmitt said. He said police aren’t sure if the same person or people are responsible for the burglaries; police released a video of a suspect in the Madison Street burglary captured by a home surveillance system.

In that case, the suspect allegedly entered the victim’s home through an unlocked side door while she was outside gardening, stealing her laptop and a backpack that contained her wallet and other items. The suspect in the Otis Drive burglary pried security bars off a window and removed a window screen to enter that residence, according to a police log.

Police are urging residents to lock and deadbolt their doors and to secure windows, use exterior lighting, maintain landscaping and consider an alarm or camera system. They’re also asking residents to be vigilant and to report suspicious, non-emergency activity to the department at 337-8311.