The Claycord BART Crime Report – Assault, Bike Theft, Auto Theft & Burglary

February 3, 2014 · 27 comments

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Assault with a Deadly Weapon/Possession of a Dangerous Weapon (Prohibition Order Issued) – Concord Station

2/1/14, 1847 hours

An officer on-viewed an adult male swinging what appeared to be a wooden stick (later determined to be a horse whip) at a female, who was yelling for help. The officer immediately responded and, at Taser point, ordered the suspect to surrender. The suspect complied and was taken into custody for assault with a deadly weapon. Shortly thereafter, the female victim refused to cooperate with the officer and left the scene; the victim did not have any visible injuries. A search of the suspect incident to arrest revealed he was also in possession of a “butterfly” knife. A sergeant responded to approve the arrest and debrief the suspect. The suspect was then booked into the county jail for assault with a deadly weapon and possessing the butterfly knife, in addition to being issued a prohibition order.

Vehicle Theft – Walnut Creek Station

2/1/14 1057 hours

A victim reported that she parked her 1994 Honda Accord in stall 1590 today, at 0900 hours. The victim returned at 1045 hours and found her vehicle gone. The victim additionally reported that she believed she was followed and targeted by a White male subject wearing a yellow/white baseball cap, white tank top, and gray sweatpants. This subject was in a green 4 door 1990’s sedan with gray interior (either a Honda or Toyota) at the time.

Bike Theft – Concord Station

2/1/14 0918 hours

A victim reported that he locked his bicycle (a Pugeut mountain bike, unknown serial number) to the free area bike racks on 1/30/14, at 1900 hours. The bicycle was secured with a cable lock. The victim returned today at 0915 hours to find his bicycle gone. The estimated value of the bike is $300.

Bike Theft – Pleasant Hill Station

1/31/14 1455 hours

A victim reported the theft of his black 2014 Novara Hybrid bike from the Pleasanton Hill Station. The bike was parked at 1030 hours and locked to the bike racks behind the ticket machines using a cable lock. The victim returned to the station at 1500 hours and discovered the theft. The lock and cable were taken by the suspect. The victim estimated the loss of the bike at $600.00 and additional accessories at $195.00. An officer is completing a report. The bike was entered into APS.

Auto Burglary – North Concord Station

1/31/14 1056 hours

A female victim parked her green 1996 Honda Accord in the upper lot of the North Concord Station at 0950 hours, on 1/27/14. She returned on 1/31/14, at 1056 hours and discovered the driver’s door was open and the ignition to her Honda was damaged. The Honda will not start and the car will be towed to a shop for repairs. The victim refused to have the vehicle fingerprinted. No reported loss. Entry appears to have been made by cheating the door lock and caused damage to the lock. Amount of damage is unknown at this time.

Auto Theft – Walnut Creek Station

1/29/14 2128 hours

A victim reported his 1995 red Honda Del Sol 2 door was stolen while it was parked in stall #304 on the 3rd level of the parking structure between 1030-2130 hours.

Bicycle Theft – Concord Station

1/28/14 2128 hours

A victim reported his $475.00 black Kona Dew 14 men’s road bicycle was stolen while it was cable locked at the bike racks between 0800-2120 hours.

Auto Theft – North Concord Station

1/27/14, 1804 hours

A patron reported that their white 2006 Chevy Trail Blazer was stolen between 0700-1755 hours.

Bike Theft – Concord Station

1/27/14 1154 hours

A victim reported that he locked his bicycle (a silver/blue Schwinn 14 speed mountain bike, no model or serial number) to the bike racks on 1/26/14, at 1200 hours. The bicycle was secured with a cable lock. The victim returned later that night at 0000 hours to find his bicycle gone. The estimated value of the bike is $150.

Bike Theft – Pleasant Hill Station

1/25/14, 1434 hours

A patron reported that their green Trek 21-speed mountain bike was stolen between 1600 hours on 1/14/14 to 1400 hours today. The victim secured the bike with a cable lock.

1 Apparently February 3, 2014 at 10:11 AM

driving any 1990’s Honda is one way ride. So is riding a bike. Too bad bus service is so poor, it would be a far better alternative.

2 Jerk February 3, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Curious if the 2006 Trailblazer was an SS?
If so, it’s stripped for the drivetrain.

3 claycordian February 3, 2014 at 10:44 AM

it would seem as though bicycle cable locks are not doing their job!

4 KJ February 3, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Apparently, cable locks are a waste of money. Bike Link is a better investment.

5 Joe Blow February 3, 2014 at 11:20 AM

I am pro BART police, but wouldn’t it make sense for BART to install video cameras or some better type of bike security system?

6 anonanonagain February 3, 2014 at 11:31 AM

I realize Bart police/security cannot be everywhere at one time, but this is ridiculous!! Does the Bart police even drive through the parking garage on a continual basis to even try and catch these scumbags in the act??

7 Mrs. T February 3, 2014 at 11:49 AM

A year ago I bought my husband a bike to ride to the Bart station with a very hefty bike cable (the company said was the best) 2nd day he arrives back in the evening his bike is gone even the cable. Low life scum. Lesson learned for sure. Now he just walks as usual or I drive him. It’s sad though that these pathetic creatures steal our stuff that we WORK hard for.

8 WC Boy February 3, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Everybody say BIKELINK!

9 Z-Man February 3, 2014 at 12:26 PM

BikeLink FTW

10 the other jj February 3, 2014 at 12:34 PM

what is bikelink

11 Just Another Concord Resident February 3, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Seems a shame that we the taxpayers had to fund a centralized place for all the lowlifes, thieves, drug addicts, pimps, car thieves etc. to hang out. I wonder if anybody back in the 1960’s had a clue what they were building.. Tear it down.

12 Cameras? February 3, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Aren’t there cameras that catch these morons on video? Seems like there should be cameras all over the place so that they can be caught, locked up and pay the victims back for what they took. Disgusting.

13 Common sense February 3, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Surveillance equip is so affordable and of such quality now thst I don’t understand why BART can’t have cameras installed at all entrances and exits to their station. I’m sure thus would help with all the vehicle and bicycle thefts. Just sayin

14 The Authority February 3, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Cameras are nice, but they are not the magic fix-all many seem to think they are. There is not the staffing to watch every camera at every bike rack, platform, parking space, etc. at every station. If the cameras are recording, what do you have? Video of someone anonymously stealing a bike. They do not usually wear their identifying info on their outer garments. Unlike TV shows, P.D.’s don’t have recognition software that instantly identifies people in videos. How can you even tell when a bike is being stolen? All you see is someone bent over a bike lock (are they dialing combination or cutting cable?) and then riding away. That’s why police use bait bikes. It’s not the act of cutting the lock that draws the attention, but actually riding away on a specific bike. When these clowns ARE caught, D.A. is only gonna charge them with a misdemeanor. Judge will slap him on the wrist and he’ll promise not to steal again. He’s stealing another one the same day.

15 Elwood February 3, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Disband BART police now and turn policing over to local authorities. BART could give the money they waste on their pretend police to local jurisdictions.

It couldn’t be any worse than the BART Keystone Kops.

Disband BART pretend police now!

16 @ Elwood February 3, 2014 at 2:35 PM

No. Now what?

17 mwo1859 February 3, 2014 at 2:41 PM

If you take BART to your job you must be making good money. Why not leave your honda or toyota at home and buy a beater? I am sure a 500 dollar beater will not get stolen. I am sorry if this makes sense!

18 Anon February 3, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Posting BART’s failure to protect its riders doesn’t really help the BART cops, does it?

19 AWESOME DAD February 3, 2014 at 4:27 PM

A bit off-topic, but someone mentioned how easy it is to steal Hondas …

I have a 1999 Honda Civic. What’s a good, low-cost, anti-theft solution? I’ve heard the club is easy to defeat (just cut the steering wheel).

What about a Viper alarm? I’m willing to spend at most $200 — and I can get Viper installed at Best Buy for that price.

I know it might sound dumb to put a $200 alarm on a $1000 car, but the car is in pristine condition, and I’m confident I can get a few more years out of the engine — so it’s worth more than blue book value to me.

20 Elwood February 3, 2014 at 5:29 PM

@ mwo1859 # 19

I have a friend who used to drive his beater to Concord BART.

If they didn’t steal it and drive it to West Pittsburg, they just stole the battery out of it.

21 Jose February 3, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Awesome Dad,
The cheapest and simplest way is to wire in a hidden switch that turns off the fuel pump, ignition coil, or some other vital component. Hide the wiring so everything looks “factory”. It won’t keep crooks from breaking in (neither will an alarm), but it should keep them from stealing the whole car.

And make sure you have comprehensive coverage on your insurance. It’s pretty reasonable, and you’ll be glad you have it if some turd damages your car.

22 Laura Zah February 3, 2014 at 6:24 PM

#21 Rig a padlock to lock the hood & get an inline gas shut off valve. Total cost about $20 They can bust a window & steal stuff but if they want to take the car they’ll need a tow truck.

23 Walnut Creek Resident February 3, 2014 at 7:19 PM

This is upsetting to know these crimes are happening in the BART garages. I wonder how many cars and bikes are also stolen out of these lots? Way too many. I have had two friends who have had their cars stolen from the BART lots and that was over ten years ago. So things are not improving. Bad folks out there. WE have to keep our eyes open at all times.

24 anon February 3, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Bart needs a bait car team to catch these thieves.

25 Ricardoh February 4, 2014 at 10:49 AM

From reading these complaints one thing is clear, cable locks for bikes are useless.

26 N.Concord BART now has bike racks inside the station February 4, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Whoooohooo!!!

Now they can only steal cars.

What if….. Bikelink was self-promoting by stealing bikes????

27 Mustang Sally February 4, 2014 at 5:59 PM

@AWESOME DAD~I have the $200 alarm on my $1000 car, and I’ve been pretty happy with it for many years. I think I’ll be checking into these other great ideas before I leave my baby in a BART garage though.

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