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Murder, other charges filed in El Cerrito burglary case where fleeing suspect caused fatal wrong way traffic collision

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Murder, other charges filed in El Cerrito burglary case where fleeing suspect caused fatal wrong way traffic collision

EL CERRITO — Murder and five other felony charges have been filed against the suspected driver of a burglary getaway truck involved in a fatal wrong-way crash in the MacArthur Maze on March 19, authorities said Thursday.

The suspected accomplice in the burglary was char ged in two of the crimes.

The alleged driver, Patrick Scheckells, 34, of Oakland, was charged with murder, driving the wrong way on a divided highway causing injury or death, driving under the influence of a drug causing injury, driving or taking a vehicle without consent, second degree commercial burglary and grand theft of personal property.

The suspected accomplice, Andre Alberty, 56, of San Francisco, was charged with second-degree burglary and grand theft of personal property.

The charges stem from a burglary that happened about 4:22 a.m. March 19 at Tobacco Outlet, 10170 San Pablo Ave.

Officers learned that what turned out to be a stolen pickup truck had rammed the front of the business to gain entry, the alleged burglars had fled in the truck with stolen items.



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