Alleged Thief Arrested

Alleged Thief Arrested

An Oakland man has been arrested in connection with a string of armed robberies and thefts in Alameda.

Traivonne Howard, 23, was arrested by Oakland police officers in Oakland on Jan. 12.

The Alameda Police Department (APD) began investigating similar armed robberies late last year. They were able to identify seven incidents, between Nov. 29, 2020 and Jan. 8, involving the same suspect. Howard allegedly commit-ted robberies at the Walgreens on the 2300 block of Otis Drive, the Walgreens on the 1900 block of Webster Street and the CVS on the 800 block of Island Drive.

As APD continued their investigation they received help from the Oakland Police Department and the FBI, according to Det. Adam Digiusto of the APD Property Crimes Unit. Police believe Howard may be responsible for more robberies and thefts in other cities.

Howard was charged with two counts of armed robbery, two counts of grand theft, and three counts of shoplifting. Howard pled not guilty to all these charges at his plea hearing on Jan. 15. He is currently housed at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on $210,000 bail.

Howard was currently out on probation for an arrest on March 5, 2018, where he was charged with second-degree burglary, pos-session of a controlled substance, evading police and leaving the scene of an accident, according to Alameda County Superior Court records. His probation was to end on May 21. He spent 82 days in the Santa Rita Jail for the crime.

Howard will have his preliminary and revocation of bail hearings on Feb. 7 at the East County Hall of Justice in Dublin.