Tuesday afternoon, police arrested a man and recovered a stolen vehicle in North Berkeley, and the activity left many parents wanting to know more about the incident, which was near Cragmont Elementary School, at Spruce Street and Marin Avenue.

One parent posed the question to Berkeleyside, noting at about 4 p.m. that “the area around Cragmont School/Marin/Euclid was crawling with police (cars, marked and un-, motorcycle, crime unit van) about an hour ago. I live near Easter Steps on Cragmont and there were many clustered at entrances there. I counted at least a dozen units of various types. No sirens or helicopters. Be good to know what went down.”

Berkeley Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Coats responded quickly via email: “The officers were in the area looking for a reported stolen vehicle. Officers took a report earlier today, and it was reported seen being driven in the area at the time your reader saw the officers. They were up conducting an area check for the vehicle and possible suspect(s). The officers located and detained a suspect in connect with the stolen auto and also recovered the stolen vehicle. They continued their investigation and arrested the subject stopped for auto theft and an outstanding warrant. They are in the process of booking the subject into the BPD jail and completing their investigation.”

The man’s name has not yet been released, but Berkeleyside can update this post once that becomes available.

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Emilie Raguso (former senior editor, news) joined Berkeleyside in 2012 and covered politics, public safety and development until her departure in 2022. In 2017, Emilie was named Journalist of the Year...