Cellphone photo of auto burglary in Berkeley leads to Richmond man’s arrest

Richmond man photographed by citizen during auto burglary in Berkeley
Photo credit: Berkeley Police Department

A Richmond man was arrested last week on suspicion of committing an auto burglary in Berkeley after a Good Samaritan snapped a cellphone photo of the incident, according to police.

The burglary occurred about 11:50 a.m. on May 18 in the 2500 block of Ridge Road in Berkeley. On May 23 about 7 a.m., Berkeley police detectives served a search warrant in the 600 block of S. 49th Street in Richmond, where 22-year-old Jamal Rudledge was arrested.

“During the subsequent search, detectives found a credit card embosser, credit card encoder, laptop computer, blank credit cards, and the personal identity information of at least one prior identity theft victim,” police said.

Rudledge was booked into the City of Berkeley Jail and later charged by the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office with burglary, possession of burglary tools, commission of a felony while released on bail or recognizance, and the unauthorized use of personal identifying information of another person.