Police blotter: Recent crime in Berkeley

This is a partial list of recent crimes in Berkeley based on information from the Berkeley Police Department and the UC Police Department. The calls for service spreadsheet is available on Google Docs. See also the San Francisco Chronicle’s regularly published list of arrests in Berkeley. For other sources of information on crime in Berkeley see BPD’s Community CrimeView and Crimemapping.com.

June 17

Welfare Check becomes Drunk in Public, Probation Violation Arrest – #2012-32138
On Sunday, June 17, 2012 at 1:22 .a.m., a BPD officer responded to a report of a person down in the 1100 block of Bancroft Way. The officer arrived and located a 33 year old male asleep in a driveway. The officer determined that the subject was too intoxicated to care for himself. The officers arrested the Berkeley man for violation of 647(f) PC and 1203.2 PC.

June 18

Tip Jar theft leads to Parole Violation – #2012-32445
On Monday, June 18, 2012 at 10:26 p.m., BPD officers responded to a report of money stolen from a tip jar at a local business in the 2200 block of Shattuck Avenue. The suspect was located and after further investigation was arrested. The suspect a 41 year old man was arrested and booked for violation 484 PC, 422 PC and 3056 PC.

Robbery via Stun Gun – 2600 Block of Telegraph Avenue – #12-32429
On Monday, June 18, 2012 at 8:38 p.m., an unknown suspect entered a local business and demanded the cash from the register. The suspect brandished a stun gun at the employee. The employee did not give the suspect the money. The suspect took several food items and fled the business. The suspect was described as — Suspect  – “A black male adult, 25 years old, 5’10” tall, 180 lbs wearing a black baseball hat, black hooded sweatshirt and white T-shirt.”

June 21

Robbery via Gun – 2600 Block of Stuart Street – #12-32801
On Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 1:10 a.m., BPD officers responded to reports of screaming in the area of College Avenue and Stuart Street. Officers arrived on scene and located a male and female victim of a robbery. The victim’s were near their residence in the 2600 block of Stuart Street. Suspect #1 approached the  female victim and pointed a gun at her demanding their property. Suspect #2 and #3 approached knocking the male victim to the ground causing injury. The suspects removed the male victim’s wallet and cell phone.  he suspects also took the female victim’s purse. The suspects fled on foot east on Stuart towards College Avenue. The suspects were described as — Suspect #1 “A black male adult, mid 20’s, 6’ tall, slender build wearing a black T-shirt.” Suspect #2 “A black male adult, mid 20’s, 5’8” tall, medium build wearing dark clothing.” Suspect #3 “A black male adult, mid 20’s, medium build”. All three suspects were reported as being armed with “black guns”.

June 22

Residential Burglary via unlocked window – 3100 Block of Mabel Street – #12-33059
On Friday, June 22, 2012 at 10:45 a.m., an unknown suspect climbed through an open 2nd story window of a residential home. The suspect went through the home looking for items and rummaging through the victim’s property, taking cash and a camera. The suspect was seen fleeing the residence. The suspect was described as — Suspect: “A black male adult, 30’s, 5’10-6’ tall, medium build wearing a long sleeve black shirt, blue jeans carrying a black bag.”

June 23

Robbery – College Avenue and Dwight Way – #12-33295
On Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 4:40 p.m., a female was walking in the area of College Avenue and Dwight Way. The unknown suspect approached the victim and stole her cell phone using force. The suspect then fled the area with the victim’s property. The suspect was described as — Suspect: “A black male adult, 20’s, 5’10” tall, medium build, short hair wearing a baggy white T-shirt and jeans.”

June 24

Strong Arm Robbery, Channing Way and Fulton Street # 12-33530
On Sunday, June 24, 2012, at approximately 10:23 p.m., a strong arm robbery occurred at the intersection of Channing and Fulton. The 20 year old female victim, affiliation unknown, was at the intersection when she was approached by three females. The suspects knocked the victim to the ground, grabbed her purse and took several items from the purse. The suspects were last seen running eastbound on Channing Way. The victim described the suspects as: Suspect #1 – A Black female between the ages of 18 and 20, with a thin build, wearing a pink hooded sweatshirt. Suspect #2 – A Black female between the ages of 18 and 20, with a thin build, wearing dark clothing. Suspect #3 – A Black female with a thin build.

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  • TizziLish

    I began to post my comment earlier today but I hesitated. I sincerely do not wish to be inflammatory. But this edited selection of Berkeley police reports upsets me.

    In some of the crimes, a suspect is mentioned with no referral to the suspect’s race, even when it is clear from the rest of the report that the crime victim saw the suspect — such as the stun-gun holdup on Telegraph where the employee refused to give the suspect money, the suspect stole some food items and fled. That cashier saw the suspect”s race but the report is race-neutral.

    Later in the same column, several suspects are referenced as black. It seems biased, and racist, to explicitly refer to some suspects as black but to include no reference to the suspect’s race in other reported crimes. Perhaps Berkeleyside was simply culling Berkeley police reports, unwittingly repeating a racist bias used by the police staff who wrote the reports.

    Couldn’t Berkeley side do a little bit of editing and remove references to some suspects’ race or, alternatively, to include a reference to every suspect’s race?

    This week’s summary — I don’t always read them so I won’t comment on past practice — seems overtly racist. Surely it is racial bigotry that would prompt whoever wrote these reports to omit race for some suspects and to explicitly report race for black suspects. I realize that those crime reports that do not refer to the suspect’s race in any way might also have included black suspects.

    It seems wrong. This summary makes it look like crime in Berkeley is only perpetrated by blacks. I am certain this is not true, certain some Caucasion and Asian criminals work in Berkeley — and become suspects in police reports.

  • Guest

    It would also be nice if they stopped referring to both suspects and victims as “males” and “females” as if they were chimpanzees.  “Man” and “woman” will do just fine.  If it’s not clear whether the person in question is a minor or an adult, just type a whole 5-6 extra characters and write “boy or man,” or “girl or woman.”

  • seriously

  • Just Sayin

     Yes. All future reports must be racially balanced!

    We wouldn’t want a truth shared unless it is veiled by political correctness…

  • Guest

    What is wrong with wanting complete and accurate information? 

  • Firebeef

     Surely it is the fact that the first two suspects were actually arrested that makes it unnecessary to include their race, while all the other suspects remain at large and therefore their descriptions could be important to the community.

  • The Sharkey

    Huh. That didn’t occur to me when I first read the list, but you’re probably right.

  • PragmaticProgressive

    This seems right to me too, thanks.

  • bgal4