We don’t experience violent crimes around here, right? Not anymore. Sometime between last night and this morning, a Piedmont Pines resident was murdered. Victim Joe Robertson was found dead in his home, early this morning.
While Robertson’s death hasn’t been officially ruled as a homicide by Oakland Police, all signs point to the crime. The police will make things official, after the autopsy’s performed tomorrow. In the meantime, we want to share this hearsay from Montclair Safety’s Yahoo board.
Piedmont Pines neighbor, Jane: A 78-year-old man, Joe Robertson, was found dead and the word is it is a homicide. He lived at 2339 Thackeray Drive (map) near Girvin Drive in the Piedmont Pines area. His neighbor told us that he was beaten to death. Evidently he was found at 7:00 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 by a friend who was visiting and called the police. This has really shaken us up in the neighborhood.
Of course, the death is getting well-covered by the press. Check out this CBS5 report from Thackeray Drive, complete with yellow tape, an Alameda County homicide vehicle and key interviews. Harry Robertson, the victim’s nephew, said “I’m concerned that he [Joe] could be an innocent victim. There’s no reason to believe that anybody would want to hurt him.”
The Tribune provided an early obituary about Joe Robertson, a good guy who loved movies and made regular visits to Fentons Creamery. Before retiring a decade-plus ago, he had operated the halftone camera at the Montclarion newspaper. Columnist Ginny Prior said she spotted and waved to him last night, at their church’s Ash Wednesday service.
“A Murder in Montclair” doesn’t sound quite right. “Burglary of the Week” is more our speed. So it’s natural to put two and two together, and assume that Joe was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Let’s try to solve this mystery soon.
P.S. We do experience violent crimes, albeit infrequently. Back in 2006, Hans Reiser killed his estranged wife Nina and buried her near Redwood Regional Park. It took two years to solve this case and sentence Hans.