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. (Please note that these are Calls For Police Services only and are subject to review and reclassification by supervisors, detectives and the DA as appropriate.) 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.

July 22

Loud Party, 1700 Block of Woolsey Street
On Sunday, July 22, 2012, at approximately 11:51 p.m., BPD Officers were dispatched to a report of a loud party in the 1700 Block of Woolsey Street.  The officer assigned to the call was able to locate the party.  They spoke with the resident, who quieted the party.

Loud Reports, Ashby Avenue/Ellis Street
On Sunday, July 22, 2012, at approximately 10:52 p.m., BPD Officers responded to the area of Ashby Avenue and Ellis Street for a report of possible gun shots or fireworks.  It was reported that one loud report was heard.  Officers checked the area and were unable to locate where the loud report came from.  There were no reports of injuries or property damage.

Bicycle Theft, 2100 Block of Shattuck Avenue
On Sunday, July 22, 2012, between 7:00 p.m. and 9:20 p.m. a bicycle theft occurred in the 2100 block of Shattuck Avenue.  The victim locked and secured her bicycle.  When she returned she discovered that an unknown suspect stole her bicycle.


July 23 

Disturbance, Milvia Street/Haste Street
On Monday, July 23, 2012, at approximately 5:35 p.m., BPD Officers responded to a report of a disturbance inside a vehicle in the area of Milvia Street and Haste Street.  It was reported that a male and female were arguing inside.  Officers arrived and located the vehicle.  They spoke with the involved parties and determined things were fine.

Reckless Driver, Ashby Avenue/Piedmont Avenue
On Monday, July 23, 2012, at approximately 5:27 p.m. a reckless driver was reported in the area of Piedmont Avenue and Ashby Avenue.   It was reported the vehicle was speeding and failed to yield for a pedestrian in a crosswalk.  BPD officers were dispatched to the location, but were unable to locate the described vehicle.

Residential Burglary, 1100 Block of Francisco Street
On Monday, July 23, 2012, between 5:15 p.m. and 5:40 p.m., a residential burglary occurred in the 1100 block of Francisco Street.  BPD Officers responded to a residential alarm call.  While checking the residence they were contacted by the homeowner.  The homeowner confirmed that a burglary did occur and that their purse was missing.  The suspect is unknown.

Robbery via Gun, 2800 Block of Hillegass Avenue
On Monday, 7/23/2012, at approximately 11:31 p.m., a robbery via gun occurred in the 2800 block of Hillegass Avenue.  The victims were walking in the area when they were approached by four suspects.  Some of the suspects produced handguns and demanded the victim’s property.  Fearing for their safety the victim’s gave their property to the suspects.  The suspects then fled the area.  The suspects, four juvenile males were later apprehended and arrested by BPD officers.

July 24

Auto Burglary, 100 Block of Seawall Drive
On Tuesday, July 24, 2012, between 6:30 p.m. and 9:04 p.m. an auto burglary occurred in the 100 block of Seawall Drive.  The unknown suspect broke the window to the victim’s vehicle.  The suspect then removed the victim’s bag stealing it and the contents.

Bicycle Theft, 2200 Block of Shattuck Avenue
On Tuesday, July 24, 2012, between 8: p.m. and 10:45 p.m. and unknown suspect stole the victim’s bicycle.  The bicycle was locked and secured to a bicycle rack.  When the victim returned he discovered the bicycle missing.

Robbery, Channing Way/Milvia Street
On Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at approximately 5:40 p.m., a robbery occurred in the area of Channing Way and Milvia Streets.  The victim as was approached by the unknown suspect who demanded his property.  The suspect advised the victim that he had a weapon.  The victim fearing for their safety gave the victim his property.  The suspect fled on foot east on Channing Way from Milvia Street. The suspect is described as: Suspect – “Black male juvenile, 16-18 years old, slim build, dark complexion, 5’6”, short black hair wearing a long sleeve light blue shirt and long black jeans.”

Robbery via Gun, 2500 Block of San Pablo Avenue
On Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at approximately 9:20 p.m., a robbery via gun occurred in the 2500 block of San Pablo Avenue.  The victim was getting money from an ATM, when the unknown suspect approached him.  The suspect had a gun and demanded the victim’s money.  The victim gave the suspect the money.  The suspect got into a waiting vehicle, which drove from the area. The suspect is described as: Suspect – “Black male, teens, 5’7” tall, 120-130 lbs, thin build, dark complexion wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans, armed with a silver gun.” Suspect Vehicle – “80-90’s 4-door, dark blue.”

July 25

Robbery, 2000 Block of Ashby Avenue
On Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at approximately 12:30 a.m. a robbery occurred in the 2000 block of Ashby Avenue.  The victim was walking in the area when he was approached by two unknown suspects.  The suspects demanded the victim’s property.  Fearing for his safety the victim gave his property to the suspect.  The suspects then fled the area. The suspects are described as: Suspect  1 – “Black male, 20s, 6’3”-6’4” tall, 180 lbs, short black hair wearing a gray shirt and gray slacks. Suspect 2 – “Black male, 20’s, 6’3”-6’4” tall, 180 lbs, short dark hair wearing a black shirt and blue jeans.”

Traffic Hazard, Ashby Avenue and 7th Street
On Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at approximately 11:35 a.m., BPD officers responded to the area of Ashby Avenue and 7th Street for a traffic hazard.  It was reported that a live electrical wire was down.  BPD officers quickly arrived on scene and diverted traffic.  The officers maintained their traffic position until the Berkeley Fire Department and PG&E deemed it safe to allow traffic to flow normally again.

July 26

Residential Burglary, 1500 Block of Woolsey Street
On Thursday, July 26, 2012, at approximately 10:30 a.m., a burglary occurred in the 1500 block of Woolsey Street.  The garage to the residence was broken into.  It appears the door may have been unlocked.  The unknown suspect entered the garage and took electronic equipment and camping gear.  The suspect was confronted by a neighbor.  The suspect dropped the property and it was recovered by the neighbor. The suspect is described as: Suspect – “Black male, 45-50 years old, 5’10”-6’ tall, thin-medium build, gray stubble hair and beard wearing a black T-shirt, gray dirty sweatpants and black shoes.”

Auto Burglary, 5th Street/Harrison Street
On, Thursday, July 25, 2012, between 2:00 p.m. and 3:11 p.m., an unknown suspect broke the window to the victim’s locked vehicle.  The suspect stole the victim’s bag and the contents.

July 27

Prowler, 2100 Block of McKinley Avenue
On Friday, July 27, 2012, at 9:45 a.m. an alert neighbor called BPD reporting a suspicious prowler in the 2100 block of McKinley Avenue.  Officers located the suspect, who was identified by the witness.  The adult male suspect was arrested for prowling.

July 28

Vandalism, Delaware Street/Milvia Street
On Saturday, July 28, 2012, at 12:52 a.m., BPD Officers responded to a report of vandalism to a vehicle in the area of Delaware and Milvia Streets.  The officer arrived on scene and discovered there were 8 victim vehicles, all with similar damage.  There is no information on a motive or suspect at this time.

Strong Arm Robbery, 2300 Block of Telegraph Avenue
On Saturday, July 28, 2012, at approximately 6:41 p.m., a strong arm robbery occurred in the 2300 block of Telegraph Avenue.  The victim was getting money from an ATM machine.  The suspect approached the victim from behind and forcibly removed the money from the victim’s possession.  The suspect fled on foot and was later apprehended by Berkeley Police Department officers.

Related:
Berkeley police blotter not comprehensive, but a snapshot [08.02.12]

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