Man Snatches Cell Phone at Dublin BART Leading to Lockdown and Search

The suspect ran out to the parking lot on the Dublin side of the BART station while being chased by the victim and an off-duty police officer.

A man riding the BART train stole another man's cellular phone around 9 p.m. on Tuesday night, BART Police Lieutenant Michael Hayes said.

"The victim chased the suspect off the train and out to the parking lot," Hayes said.

An off-duty San Francisco Police officer nearby heard the victim yelling about the theft and chased after the suspect.

BART Police, Dublin Police and Camp Parks responded to the theft and foot chase, closing off the surrounding area, along with portions of Dublin Boulevard to search for the suspect.

Hayes said the suspect was not found. He is described as a white male, wearing a grey or possibly white, hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

There were no injuries reported during the incident.

Several Patch readers reported seeing roadblocks on Dublin Boulevard near the BART station.

Patch Reader Clay Goetz wrote:

"As I was getting off the BART train headed to the parking garage on the Dublin side, I noticed all exits were blocked off by police. Thinking it was some kind of DUI checkpoint I walked to the Pleasanton side to see if they had police there too, they did not. I came back to the parking structure and as I was looking at the police activity below, I suddenly heard 'This is the police you are surrounded.' The police officer at one of the exit checkpoints flashed his light in my front and back seats and said they thought someone had been robbed."

If you have any information about this case, contact the BART Police Department at 877-679-7000.

anon November 22, 2012 at 03:51 AM
If the cellphone companies would get on board victims could have the phones disabled if they are lost or stolen. They could render the phones useless and therefore worthless, and less likely to be stolen. Now switching out the sim cards make that phone an easy resale.
timothy November 22, 2012 at 07:51 AM
The end of 2013 to get the phones to be disabled upon theft? There is NO excuse for this taking that long. This should be in place NOW. Theives are loving the current scenario. Thanks AT&T Verizon et al
Andy Smith November 22, 2012 at 02:34 PM
If you have an iPhone and you are on iCloud, you *can* disable your phone--right away---without calling the cell phone provider or anything. Just get to a computer and log into the cloud and turn off your phone. Or use the "Find My iPhone" app. If you don't have an iPhone, well, that's your fault. :) I am really surprised that they had a multi-agency response and so much action for a petty theft? And it's not even a good petty theft--it's just a stupid phone. The only thing I'm thinking is that this was a strong-arm robbery, which is a felony. But still--all that for a cell phone??
anon November 22, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Andy, the iphone isnt the most efficient device out there, it is just the most hyped. Probably multi agency response because victim chased aft er suspect, possibly putting themself in harms way.
Rebecca November 25, 2012 at 09:42 PM
I wish they'd made this big a fuss over my iPad that was stolen at West Oakland. We even tracked the iPad to an apartment complex 3 blocks away but the police said they couldn't do anything about it. They also said this kind of theft happens at least 3 or 4 times a day. Hold on to your electronic devices!!!


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