The Claycord BART Crime Report – Robbery Arrest, Drinking in Public, Resisting Arrest + MORE

April 4, 2014 10:00 am · 13 comments

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This is the Claycord BART crime report.

The information in this report is provided by the BART Police Department (BPD), and it will be posted on Claycord.com when it’s made available by BPD.

Grand Theft (Catalytic Converter) – North Concord Station

4/3/14 1519 hours

A victim reported the theft of their catalytic converter from their 2007 Toyota Tundra while parked at the North Concord Station. The victim parked their truck at 0420 hours and returned at 1515 hours and discovered the theft. Loss was estimated over $800.00. An officer checked the vehicle for prints or evidence but with negative results.

Auto Burglary (Phone Report) – Walnut Creek Station

4/2/14 1856 hours

A victim reported his 2005 black Ford Escape LL was burglarized while it was parked and locked in stall #915 on the level of the parking structure between 0530-1800 hours. There were no signs of entry, but the garage door opener was taken from inside the vehicle.

Arson (Vehicle) – Walnut Creek Station

3/28/2014 0242 Hours

An officer responded to a report of a vehicle on fire in the parking lot. The fire department responded and extinguished the fire. A county arson investigator responded to conduct the investigation. The vehicle was towed as evidence and attempts were being made to contact the owner. Investigation on-going.

Robbery (Strong Arm)/Arrest – Concord Station

3/27/14, 1444 hours

A juvenile victim reported that a juvenile suspect snatched his cell phone from his hands. When the victim attempted to regain his phone, however, the suspect threatened him and refused to return the phone. The suspect’s description was relayed to Concord Police officers and they detained the suspect approximately four (4) blocks from the station. The victim then positively identified the suspect, and the victim’s phone was found on the suspect’s person. The suspect was then placed under arrest for robbery by the investigating officer. A sergeant approved the arrest and debriefed the suspect. Subsequently, the suspect was booked into the county junvenile hall for robbery. The victim was not injured during the robbery.

Drinking in Public/Resisting Arrest/Warrant Arrest – Concord Station

3/27/13, 1136 hours

While patrolling the bus zone area, a sergeant saw a male subject drinking an alcoholic beverage. However, when approached by the sergeant, the subject ran away even after being ordered to stop. The sergeant pursued the subject and, with the assistance of an officer, managed to corner the subject in a nearby shopping center. There, the subject complied with the officers’ verbal commands and was taken into custody without further incident. A search of the subject, incident to the arrest, revealed he was in possession of less than one ounce (1 oz.) of Marijuana. He was also found to have an outstanding $2,500 infraction warrant held by the BART Police Department; the arrest was approved by a lieutenant. The subject was then issued citations for the local municipal drinking in public code and the Marijuana possession – before being booked into the county jail for the charge of resisting arrest and the outstanding warrant.

1 Rose Garden April 4, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Crime is everywhere, but I never realized there was that much crime at BART. I’ve been taking BART to SF for years without any problem.

Remain cautious at all times, and be aware of your surroundings…..

2 Mr. Pink April 4, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Why does a sergeant or a lieutenant have to come and “approve” an arrest? Do rank and file BART cops not have the authority to make an arrest? If not, they’re basically glorified mall cops.

3 That Guy April 4, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Same authority as the Concord PD, but BART PD is wrapped up in policing through a political climate much like the Oakland Police Department and have set policy mandating that the approval of the arrest is documented by a supervisor. They just happen to document it in the police logs released to Claycord as well.

Most police agencies do this, it just isn’t communicated in their publicly released press logs.

4 @Mr. Pink April 4, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Arrests have to be approved by a supervisor because people like you complained that BART Police had too much power and too little oversight. Now that the “problem” is “fixed’, you call them glorified mall cops because they don’t have much authority.

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t…

5 Cowellian April 4, 2014 at 2:08 PM

If by “glorified” you mean sworn, then yeah, maybe. Or maybe not.

If you get arrested by a BART cop somewhere other than a BART station, try telling him that he’s a glorified mall cop that doesn’t have jurisdiction. And let us all know how that works out.

6 Mr. Pink April 4, 2014 at 3:19 PM

I never complained that BART police had too much power and too little oversight. I actually wish there were more of them riding the trains. So suck it.

7 @Mr. Pink April 4, 2014 at 3:43 PM

I didn’t say you complained. I said people LIKE you complained. So suck it.

8 Elwood April 4, 2014 at 4:42 PM

BART cops are to real cops as a chihuahua is to a doberman.

If you can’t get a job with a real police force there’s always BART, school districts, park districts etc.

BART police should be disbanded and their responsibilities turned over to local jurisdictions with real police forces.

9 Cowellian April 4, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Elwood@8 said:

BART police should be disbanded and their responsibilities turned over to local jurisdictions with real police forces.

The problem with that is police resources in local jurisdictions are already stretched to the breaking point.

I would be curious to find out how BART cops are paid, compared to Walnut Creek police of Contra Costa Sheriff Deputies.

10 @Elwood April 4, 2014 at 6:48 PM

You’d be surprised at the “real” police work the Park District police do and the
“real” criminals they have to deal with. Hint: not all their work takes place in the parks.

11 Mr. Pink April 4, 2014 at 7:09 PM

How do you know what I’m “like?” Keep sucking it.

12 The Authority April 5, 2014 at 3:50 AM

#8 Elwood,

You have a lot of animus for BART P.D. That is apparent. I’m sure they are sorry for the fare beating ticket they must have written you way back when.

1) You said that, “BART cops are to real cops as a chihuahua is to a doberman.” Can you explain that? I think your premise is faulty, for starters, because you imply that BART cops and “real” cops are not one in the same. Of course, anyone who has studied the matter knows that POST certifies Peace Officers in California. The legislature determines which political entities (Concord, CHP, BART) can employ sworn police officers and Sheriff’s Deputies. These entities through their P.D.’s hire candidates who meet the POST minimum standards and the higher standards imposed by the departments themselves. BART is well known for having the highest standards in the region (Education, physical, etc.) Their candidates go to the same Police Academies as recruits from other agencies. They train at Oakland P.D., Contra Costa and Alameda County Sheriff’s Academies and other regional academies. BART recruits often graduate at the top of their classes. BART officers are just as “real” as any other sworn officers in the state. If your canine comparison is meant to portray these officers as having less ability or tenacity than their municipal brethren, please provide a documentable example of an officer backing away from a confrontation out of fear or cowardice. And remember, BART officers generally work alone covering three stations with their cover officers being up to 15 miles away. Some agencies right here in Claycord have plenty of cover IN TOWN and are directed not to even contact suspicious persons until one or two cover units arrive.

2) You said, If you can’t get a job with a real police force there’s always BART…” Again, faulty premise. Just because your mind can accept municipalities and counties funding their P.D.’s but not special districts, does not make those P.D.s not “real.” BART is the hardest P.D. for new recruits to get into (see above). About half of BART’s officers are laterals from other agencies in the area. They are former FTO’s, sergeants, lieutenants, detectives and swat members who are in HEAVY competition to get open positions. Just go to physical agility testing day some time and see how many cops are vying to move over to BPD.

3) “BART police should be disbanded and their responsibilities turned over to local jurisdictions…” At least that is an arguable opinion. BPD take about 4000 calls for service a month. BPD know the system and the special transit issues across the four (soon to be five) counties and numerous cities it serves in the region. If you believe that transit system would be better served by coordinating enforcement activities with scores of agencies, I would submit to you that the level of service would drop drastically. I would also point out that the Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police knew this decades ago when they told BART to police itself. They still feel that way.

But please, don’t let my statement of facts and reality harsh your buzz. Please continue with the, “nanny nanny boo boo, disband the not real BART police” rhetoric.

13 @Mr. Pink April 5, 2014 at 4:17 PM

I know what you’re like because you choose to make it obvious.

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