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.

July 29

Robbery, 1600 Block of Shattuck Avenue
On Sunday, July 29, 2012 at approximately 10:40 p.m., a robbery occurred in the 1600 Block of Shattuck Avenue.  The female victim was walking in the area when she was grabbed from behind by the unknown suspect.  The suspect attempted to take the victim’s purse and a struggle ensued.  The suspect did not get the victim’s purse and fled the area.  The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries during the incident. The suspect is described as a black male adult, 5’10”-6’ tall and average build.

Robbery, 2300 Block of College Avenue
On Sunday, July 29, 2012, at approximately 7:00 p.m., a robbery occurred in the 2300 block of College Avenue.  The male victim made arrangements to sell an Ipad to the suspect.  The suspect grabbed the property and fled.  The victim attempted to follow the suspect when he was physically assaulted by another suspect.  The suspects fled on foot south on College Avenue and then east on Durant Avenue. The first suspect is  described as a black male, 18-25 years old, 5’10” tall, lanky build wearing a black T-shirt and baggy blue jeans. The second suspect is described as a black male, 20-25 years old, 5’11” tall, athletic build, chin length dread locks wearing a white T-shirt and baggy blue jeans.

July 30

Robbery, University Avenue/Grant Street
On Monday, July 30, 2012 at approximately 2:45 p.m., a robbery occurred near the intersection of University Avenue and Grant Street.  The male victim was walking in the area when he was contacted by the unknown suspects.  The suspects forcibly removed the victim’s property, which included a backpack and cell phone.  The victim was not injured.  The suspects then got into a black four door vehicle and fled south on Grant Street. The first suspect is  described as a black male adult, 25-28 years old, light skinned and thin. The second suspect is a black male adult, 20’s, 6’5”-6’8” tall with a lanky build.  The third suspect 3 is a black male adult in his 20s.

Robbery, 2300 Block of Shattuck Avenue
On Monday, July 30, 2012, at approximately 7:50 p.m., a robbery occurred in the 2300 block of Shattuck Avenue.  The male victim got into an argument with the suspect.  The argument escalated into the victim being chased by two suspects who then physically attacked the victim.  The suspects then robbed the victim by taking his money.   The victim suffered a minor injury.  The suspects fled the area.  One of the suspects was located and apprehended by BPD. The first suspect is described as  a black male, 20-25 years old, 5’8” tall, medium build wearing a black short sleeved shirt and black jeans.  The second suspect is a black male, 22 years old, 6’2” tall and 170 lbs.

July 31

Robbery, Claremont and Alcatraz Avenues
On Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at approximately 11:10 a.m., a robbery occurred near the intersection of Claremont Avenue and Alcatraz Avenue.  The female victim was walking in the area when the unknown suspect ran up behind her and demanded her purse.  Fearing for her safety the victim gave the suspect her purse.  The suspect fled running west on Alcatraz Avenue. The suspect is described as a black male adult, 20’s, 5’9”-5’11”, thin wearing a blue and white bandana on head and loose or baggy long pants.”

August 1

Robbery, 1900 block of University Avenue
On Wednesday, August 1, 2012, at approximately 10:16 a.m., a robbery occurred in the 1900 block of University Avenue.  The female victim was walking in the area when the unknown suspect approached the victim.  The suspect grabbed the victim’s purse; the force used by the suspect caused the victim to be knocked to the ground.  The suspect fled the area on foot.  The suspect is described as  a white male, 40-45 years old, 6’-6’2” tall, thin build, blonde hair and beard wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt.

August 2

Robbery, Bancroft Way/Fulton Street
On Thursday, August 2, 2012, at approximately 9:03 p.m. a strong armed robbery occurred in the area of Bancroft Way and Fulton Street.  The female victim was in the area when she was approached by the two suspects.  One suspect took the victim’s purse and started going through it.  The victim did what she could to prevent the robbery, but fearing for her safety gave the suspect her purse.  The suspects took the victim’s property and fled onto UCB property.  BPD and UCPD officers were able to locate and apprehend the suspects.  The suspects were arrested by BPD for robbery.  The victim was not injured during the incident and her property was recovered. The first suspect is  described as a black male adult, 18 years old, 5’10” tall, 170 lbs, black hair and brown eyes.  The second suspect 2 is a black male juvenile, 17 years old, 5’10” tall, 154 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes.

Robbery, Stuart Street/Adeline Street
On Thursday, August 2, 2012, at approximately 10:16 a.m., a robbery occurred near the bus top at Adeline Street and Stuart Street.  The female victim was waiting to catch the bus.  The unknown suspect walked by the victim and forcibly took the victim’s cell phone and money that were in her hand.  The suspect then fled on foot. The suspect is described as a black male, mid 30’s, 5’8” tall, dark complexion, short hair wearing a blue long sleeve shirt, jeans and tennis shoes.

August 3

Attempted Robbery, Heinz Street/9th Street
On Friday, August 3, 2012, at approximately 9:00 a.m., an attempted robbery occurred in the area of 9th and Heinz Streets.  The female victim was walking in the area when she was approached by an unknown suspect.  The suspect ran up to the victim and attempted to forcefully take the victim’s cell phone.  There was a struggle and the suspect let go and walked away.  The suspect returned and demanded the victim’s purse.  The victim was able to get assistance from another citizen.  The suspect left joining two other suspects.  The group was last seen running south from the area.  The first suspect is described as a black male, 16-18 years old, 5’8” tall, thin build, wearing a blue/yellow baseball hat, dark blue jacket, white T-shirt and blue jeans.  The second suspect is a black male, 16-18 years old, 5’8”, having a thin build and wearing a red jacket, torn blue jeans.  The third suspect is a black male, 16-18 years old, 5’8”, medium build wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and a dark baseball hat.

August 4

Robbery, 2100 Block of San Pablo Avenue
On Saturday, August 4, 2012, at approximately 3:55 p.m., a robbery occurred at a business in the 2100 block of San Pablo Avenue.  The unknown suspect attempted to take money from the register when opened.  The employee attempted to stop the suspect who then struck the employee.  A second employee attempted to intervene and was also struck by the suspect, which resulted in minor injuries to the victim.  The suspect fled the store with cash from the register. The suspect is described as  a black male, 20’s, 5’10”-6’ tall, thin, dark complexion wearing a black baseball hat with a blue rim, black T-shirt, blue or black pants and white and black Nike tennis shoes.”

Robbery, 3000 Block of College Avenue
On Saturday, August 4, 2012, at approximately 9:30 a.m., a robbery occurred in the 3000 block of College Avenue.  The female victim was walking in the area.  The unknown suspect approached the victim and attempted to take her cell phone.  The victim tried to hold onto her phone, but the suspect forcibly removed the phone from the victim. The suspect is described as a male adult wearing a dark blue sweatshirt and dark grey sweatpants.”

Robbery, Acton Street/66th Street
On Saturday, August 4, 2012, at approximately 1:40 a.m., a robbery occurred near the intersection of Acton and 66th Streets.  The female victim was walking in the area when she was punched and knocked to the ground.  The unknown suspect stole the victim’s purse.  The suspect then fled west on 66th Street.  The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries as a result of the incident and refused medical treatment at the scene. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, late 20’s, 5’8” tall, medium build, shaved head wearing all dark clothing.

The following cases are from the UC Berkeley police department:

Arson, People’s Park men’s restroom
On Saturday, August 4th, 2012, at 7:18 a.m., UCPD received a report from a

University employee that a soap dispenser in the men’s restroom of
People’s Park had been set on fire.  The time frame for the arson is
unknown.

August 7

Auto burglaries, suspect arrested
On Tuesday, August 7th, at 7:23 a.m., UCPD responded to a report of an auto burglary in progress near the entrance of the Recreational Sports Facility (RSF) garage. UCPD contacted a person of interest that was identified as a 48 year-old non-affiliate named Vada Buggs.  Buggs is on parole and he possessed personal property from a previously reported auto burglary from the RSF garage that occurred on August 1st, 2012.  UCPD arrested Buggs and is following-up on other crimes that Buggs might be associated with.

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.

COMMUNITY SAFETY TIP:

Walk with a purpose:  Project an assertive image that conveys you know where you are going.

Avoid Isolation:  Avoid uninhabited parks, parking lots, garages, and alleyways; stick to well-lit, high-traffic areas.

CRIMEVIEW COMMUNITY:

The listed calls for service in the Blotter are just a sampling of calls within the Berkeley Community.  I would like to invite the community to use CrimeView Community.  CrimeView Community will allow users to view crimes as they were reported to the Berkeley Police Department.  Users can use this interactive website to review crimes reported in their neighborhood or in the city.  CrimeView Community can be located here or on the Berkeley Police Department website or at .

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  • Dia

    Does this seem even worse than usual or is it just me? Yikes.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UTAORC2LANQF2ONEFJYXBSITTA bingo

    wow, I see a trend.  5’10 people grabbing things from people and running or jumping in cars.  what a safe feeling i’m getting.

  • dt

    Thank God!  One of the suspects was white.  Almost a complete shutout for my team.

  • bgal4

    this is standard stuff for berkeley

  • guest

    black male: 15
    white male: 1
    hispanic male: 1
    unidentified male: 1
    female of any race: 0

  • Guest II

    Robbery victims:

    Women: 8
    Men: 3
    Sex not specified: 2

  • Guest

    Dye your hair black, wear brown contacts (if necessary,) baggy pants and, for good measure, a hoodie with your baseball cap.  After all, the uniform makes the man. 

    Oh, yes, and be sure to be a man willing to victimize women, this week’s apparent crime report theme. 

  • Anonymous

    Just be glad they don’t report the race of the victims or there would be some very difficult questions that would need to raised.

  • guestwho

    as opposed to obvious conclusions … 

  • Concerned Student

    Attention Black People: This is why society is racist. Stop robbing folks and making good African Americans look bad to the world. Thank you. (For the record I am an African American Male)

  • Black People

    Thanks! I’ll pass the message along.

  • Guest

    “Attention Black People.”  “Stop…making good African Americans look bad…” 

    Huh?  Does mean that “Black People” are bad and rob people and that some “African Americans” are “good” and some are “bad.”?

    I think you mean something, but your statement makes no sense.  May I suggest this?

    “Anyone who is robbing or otherwise exploiting others should please stop right away.  Thank you.”

    PS  “Society” is NOT racist.  People who are racist or otherwise bigoted are that way notwithstanding the fact that the overwhelming majority of “Black People” and “African Americans” and everybody else is just fine.

    (For the record, I am a human being.)

  • Guest

     Stop that!

  • Guest

    Based on false data.

  • guest

    At our national night out event, the chief dropped by and told us that while most other crimes were down, robbery is up. Safety tip: don’t walk and use a cell phone. Call from a protected space. The cell phone is valuable but so is the service. They will hurt you if possible, to disable you, send you to the hospital so you can’t contact the provider and have the service stopped. Stay safe.

  • Foo

     And if you see a 5′ 10″ male, cross the street.

  • dt

    Just for the record, I avoid white guys in suits from financial services companies and banks.  Although they aren’t likely to rob me in the street, they are much more likely to leave me destitute.

  • Anon

    A lawyer with his briefcase can steal more than a hundred men with guns

    Don Corleone

  • guest

    I do indeed avoid unnecessary confrontations on the street. And I advise others to be cautious as well. Don’t be paranoid, just alert. It’s the phone that’s the problem. Drug dealers are looking for the service, not because it’s free but because they can arrange a drop or a deal without having the call traced to them.