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Spike of Burglaries Felt

Alameda Police Department (APD) detectives are investigating five commercial burglaries that APD believes may have been committed by the same person, an APD spokesman said.

The break-ins took place Sunday, Jan. 26 at La Penca Azul, 1440 Park St.; Papa Murphy’s and the Island Cafe, which share a location at 1929 Broadway; and Alameda Entertainment Associates, 2301 Central Ave. Similar burglaries were reported Jan. 22 at the Sidestreet Pho restaurant, 2304 Encinal Ave., and the Parrot AT&T store at 2601 Blanding Ave.

APD Sgt. Jeff Emmitt of the APD’s property crimes unit said the crimes share a similar description, with the perpetrator using a rock or a hard object to smash a glass window or door to gain access to the businesses. The burglar stole mainly cash, Emmitt said. In the Papa Murphy’s break-in, two cash registers were stolen from the restaurant.

Investigators hope to identify the suspect through surveillance video from the burglary sites, according to APD.

Fireboat Christening on Tap

Mayor Marie Gilmore will christen the city’s new fire boat at 10 a.m., next Thursday, Feb. 13, at Alameda Marina, 1815 Clement Ave. The city purchased the boat with money from a federal port security grant. "Acquiring a fire boat has been a priority of the Alameda Fire Department’s (AFD) marine operations program," said Fire Chief Mike D’Orazi. "We need the ability to protect and serve the critical waterfront infrastructure surrounding and adjacent to our Island City."

City staff and elected officials will attend the christening as will regional partners representing the Port of Oakland, the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Navy, the Department of Transportation Maritime Administration and the San Francisco Bay Area Search & Rescue Council.