A group of Alameda County workers said Tuesday they've become the repeated target of car burglars and thieves along Telegraph Avenue in Oakland.
The employees of Nutrition Services, part of the Alameda County Public Health Department, reached out to KTVU when they said they couldn't get answers anywhere else.
Someone has broken into Dameris Baker's car five times. Baker said she interrupted one burglary in progress, finding a 16 or 17-year-old boy inside her Toyota Camry.
"As long as I've lived in Oakland, I've never been robbed. I've never had any confrontation of that nature," said Baker. "So to find him in my car, being so young, it just really caught me off guard and kind of shook my whole world up."
Accounting specialist Shirley Kennedy recently found someone had stolen her car's battery.
"It's like a no win situation and everyone's frustrated," said Kennedy.
Workers say the frustration is made worse by parking rules near their office on Telegraph and 36th Street. Most parking spaces have a two-hour maximum. Only residents in the area are permitted to park there longer.
Managers told KTVU the county has been unable to get help from the City of Oakland to arrange off-site parking for employees. Workers who use the two-hour spaces say they risk getting an $85 parking ticket if they're unable to move their cars before the time limit runs out.
"In the middle of counselling, we have to say 'Oh, I'm sorry. We have to go move the car. Do you mind for five minutes?' I hate to do that," said nutrition sssistant Vanny Seng.
The Oakland City Administrator's Office told KTVU the city has a team that looks at parking issues around Oakland and that the situation on Telegraph Avenue is one that could be added to their list.
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