Emeryville mayor’s car broken into

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Emeryville Mayor Kurt Brinkman found himself in an all-too-familiar situation for many UC Berkeley students when his car was broken into Tuesday morning and his iPhone stolen.

Brinkman said he was grabbing a coffee at the Peet’s in  Public Market Emeryville when he realized his car had been broken into. He said he parked where he did because it was in the view of a surveillance camera.

He was dismayed, however, to learn that the camera was out of order and had not been working for the past week.

“It’s very upsetting that one, you have a camera, and two, the camera doesn’t work,” he said in a phone interview Friday.

Brinkman said he has filed a report with police, but there are no leads.

Automobile break-ins are the second-most common crime in Berkeley. About 99 incidents of car break-ins and thefts were reported in the city last year, according to information from the ASUC Office of the External Affairs Vice President.

Brinkman’s advice?

“Don’t leave anything exposed,” he said. “It’s probably the most important thing you can do.”

Sara Grossman is the executive news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @saragrossman.