APD Crime Roundup
Police bust crime ring; three arrested in carjacking
Two separate crimes in Alameda led to the arrest of four individuals by Alameda Police Department (APD) officers last month.
Massive evidence obtained
APD officers arrested 26-year-old Tyrone Pittman after a traffic stop on March 8. Pittman was riding in the passenger seat of his own vehicle on Park Street at 12:45 a.m. The name of the driver was not released. APD officers initiated the traffic stop because the vehicle had a broken license plate light, according to a report on the APD Facebook page.
Pittman was already on probation for possession of a firearm and possession of narcotics at the time of the stop. Due to his probation terms, officers searched his vehicle. During the search, officers discovered methamphetamines, hashish and marijuana packaged for individual sales. Officers also located large quantities of cell phone products, a mask, a scale and cash consistent with drug sales, according to the police report.
Because the vehicle was registered to Pittman he was arrested for possession of all the illegal items. Pittman was booked into Santa Rita Jail in Dublin at 5:51 a.m. the same day. He was charged with possession of controlled substances, possession of controlled substances with intent to sell, probation violation and the transportation of narcotics with the intent to distribute.
Pittman was given no bail and is currently housed at Santa Rita Jail while he awaits his pretrial hearing, scheduled for April 15 at the Rene Davidson Courthouse in Oakland. He will also attend a hearing for the revocation of his probation the same day.
The driver of the vehicle was cited for driving a vehicle with a suspended license, according to the report. He was not arrested.
Carjacking leads to arrests
APD officers also arrested three juveniles in connection to a carjacking that took place March 16.
The victim was talking on his cellphone while his vehicle was parked on the 600 block of Buena Vista Avenue. Around 2:10 p.m. two suspects entered his vehicle through the passenger-side doors, according to a police report on the APD Facebook page. One of the suspects brandished a knife and demanded the vehicle owner hand over his cell phone. The suspects then demanded the man exit his vehicle. The victim complied with the suspects’ demands. When he exited his vehicle, the suspects drove off.
Initially, investigators believed there were only two suspects. However, after watching surveillance footage, investigators discovered that three people approached the vehicle on bicycles. The surveillance footage showed the third suspect did not enter the vehicle, but did act as a lookout, according to the report.
Investigators were able to use the surveillance footage to identify the third juvenile suspect. APD arrested the third suspect on March 19. Investigators were able to locate the stolen vehicle the next day.
Investigators from APD’s Violent Crimes Unit located and arrested the two remaining suspects on March 27, among several individuals detained by officers on an unrelated criminal investigation, according to the report. The two were arrested on suspicion of carjacking and further investigation produced confirmation that these two were at the scene of the robbery. The suspect that brandished the knife was taken to Juvenile Hall for booking after his arrest. The other two were each issued a Notice to Appear for juvenile court after their arrests and released to their parents. Because all three suspects are juveniles, their names were withheld.