Oak­land: Bur­glar spent hours in­side Oak­land mu­nic­i­pal build­ing

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - BAY AREA - By Kim­berly Vek­lerov Kim­berly Vek­lerov is a San Francisco Chron­i­cle staff writer. Email: kvek­lerov@sfchron­i­cle.com Twit­ter: @kvek­lerov

A man broke into a down­town Oak­land build­ing that houses much of the city’s ad­min­is­tra­tive work over the week­end, wan­der­ing around for hours be­fore haul­ing off an un­known num­ber of items in what of­fi­cials are calling a “se­cu­rity breach.”

The bur­glary hap­pened Satur­day at 250 Frank Ogawa Plaza — next to City Hall — which con­tains of­fices for the city’s pub­lic works, build­ing in­spec­tions, plan­ning and zon­ing, fi­nance, trans­porta­tion, parks and re­cre­ation, hous­ing and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment, cit­i­zen po­lice review com­mis­sion and other di­vi­sions.

The man en­tered the sixs­tory city build­ing through an un­der­ground park­ing garage and used an emer­gency stair­case to gain ac­cess to the up­per floors, ac­cord­ing to an email sent Wed­nes­day to city staff.

His move­ments were cap­tured on closed-cir­cuit tele­vi­sion.

“The sus­pect can be seen on the CCTV in mul­ti­ple ar­eas of the build­ing,” build­ing ser­vices man­ager Derin Mi­nor said in the email. “He was in the build­ing for sev­eral hours and can be seen on CCTV footage ex­it­ing the build­ing with a back­pack, duf­fle bag and other items that he did not have when he en­tered.”

The week­end break-in may not have been the first theft in­volv­ing the man.

“It is be­lieved that this per­son has come into the build­ing on at least one prior oc­ca­sion and stolen items,” Mi­nor said.

It wasn’t clear what was taken, but Oak­land’s risk man­age­ment divi­sion has opened a loss claim with the city’s in­surer. City staff were told to re­port any miss­ing items and in­for­ma­tion they may have on the breach. The Oak­land Po­lice Depart­ment has opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

In re­sponse to the in­ci­dent, ac­cess into the build­ing through a stair­well in the park­ing garage has been closed and des­ig­nated an emer­gency exit only. Peo­ple us­ing the garage — mainly city staff — have to exit us­ing el­e­va­tors or a dif­fer­ent stair­case. The city’s se­cu­rity con­trac­tor, Cy­press Se­cu­rity, will also pro­vide “ad­di­tional cov­er­age for the build­ing,” Mi­nor said.

“We would like to re­mind ev­ery­one to take ex­tra pre­cau­tion to lock up their per­sonal items of value and to lock of­fice and suite doors at the end of the day,” Mi­nor said. “And as a fur­ther re­minder please re­port sus­pi­cious per­sons or ac­tiv­ity to the se­cu­rity of­fi­cer at the front desk.”

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