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 Berkeley Police Department. The calls for service spreadsheet is available on Google Docs. (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.) 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 CrimeView Community and Crimemapping.com.

August 12:

Loud Reports, 2800 Block of Forest Avenue
On Sunday, August 12, 2012 at approximately 10:22 p.m., residents reported hearing possible gunshots in the area of the 2800 Block of Forest Avenue. Residents also reported hearing them in the area of the 2600 block of Warring Street.  Residents reported hearing one or two loud reports.  BPD officers were dispatched to the area. Officers reported the area was clear and there were no reports of damage.

Robbery, 1800 Block of Parker Street 
On Sunday, August 12, 2012 at approximately 9:52 p.m., a robbery occurred in the 1800 block of Parker Street.  Two female victims were walking in the area when they were approached by the unknown suspects.  The suspects knocked one of the victims to the ground punching her several times.  The suspects stole the victim’s purse and cell phone.  The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries during the incident.  The suspects fled the area on foot.The suspects are described as: Suspects – “3 or 4 Black Female Juveniles or Adults, dark hair pulled back wearing blue jeans.”

August 13:

Disturbance, Derby Street/Hillegass Avenue
On Monday, August 13, 2012 at approximately 6:53 p.m., BPD officers were dispatched to a disturbance in the area of Derby Street and Hillegass Avenue.  It was reported that two males were in a verbal argument that appeared to escalating into a physical altercation.  Officers arrived in the area and were unable to locate the involved parties.

Residential Burglary, 1600 Block of Ashby Avenue
On Monday, August 13, 2012 between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., a burglary occurred in the 1600 block of Ashby Avenue. The victim reported that the unknown suspect pried open a window and entered the property. The suspect stole a computer and other personal items.

August 14:

Injury Collision, Shattuck Avenue/Ashby Avenue
On Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at approximately 10:19 a.m., BPD officers responded to a report of an injury collision in the intersection of Ashby and Shattuck Avenues. The collision occurred between two vehicles. One of the involved parties was transported to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries. It was determined that the collision was caused by one party running a red light.

Robbery, Durant Avenue/Bowditch Street
On Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at approximately 2:43 a.m. an armed robbery occurred at the intersection of Durant Avenue and Bowditch Street.  The three male victims were walking in the area.  They were approached by three unknown suspects on foot.  Two other suspects approached in a vehicle.  One of the occupants of the vehicle got out and pointed a rifle at the victims.  The three suspects on foot approached from behind and took victim’s property, which included backpacks and cell phones.  One of the three suspects that approached on foot was armed with a handgun.  All of the suspects got into the vehicle and fled the area.  The vehicle is described as a charcoal gray, late 90’s Japanese made sedan. The suspects are described as: Suspect 1 – “White Male, 18 years old, thin build with blond or brown hair, armed with a rifle.” Suspect 2 – “Black Male, 18-20 years old, 5’8″ tall, thin build wearing a red sweatshirt, armed with a handgun.” Suspect 3 – “Black or Hispanic Male.” Suspect 4 – Unknown Description. Suspect 5 – Unknown Description.

August 15:

Suspicious Circumstances, 2600 block of Benvenue Street
On Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at approximately 10:45 p.m., BPD officers responded to a 911 call from a resident in the 2600 block of Benvenue Street. The resident called BPD reporting that he alarm was going off.  The resident was concerned someone was attempting to break in. Officers arrived on scene and checked the residence. There were no signs of a break in and officers determined it was a possible mechanical problem with the alarm.

Vandalism, 3200 block of Adeline Street
On Wednesday, August 15, 2012, at approximately 3:10 a.m. vandalism occurred to a business in the 3200 block of Adeline Street. An unknown suspect threw an object at the business window breaking the glass.

August 16:

Fight Call, Center Street/Shattuck Avenue
On Thursday, August 16, 2012 at approximately 11:42 p.m. BPD officers responded to a possible fight in progress near the intersection of Shattuck Avenue and Center Street. The reporting party advised that two cab drivers were involved in a physical altercation. BPD officers arrived in the area and could not locate a fight. The officers checked in with the other cab drivers, who reported there was no altercation.

Auto Burglary, Addison Street/Bonar Street
On Thursday, August 16, 2012 between 4:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., an auto burglary occurred near the intersection of Addison and Bonar Streets.  The vehicle was parked and locked at the time of the incident.  The unknown suspect broke a window to the vehicle and stole the victim’s computer.

August 17:

Parking Violation, 1400 Block of Addison Street
On Friday, August 17, 2012 at 10:37 p.m., a resident in the 1400 block of Addison Street called BPD to report a vehicle was blocking their driveway. The resident requested the vehicle be cited and towed. An officer was dispatched to the location and determined the vehicle was blocking the resident’s driveway. The officer cited the vehicle, but was able to locate the owner and have the vehicle moved.

Commercial Burglary, 3000 block of Telegraph Avenue
On Friday, August 17, 2012 at 6:17 a.m., a business owner reported that her business was burglarized in the 3000 block of Telegraph Avenue. The unknown suspected forced open a locked window.  The suspect stole cash and fled the area.

August 18:

Loud Party, 2500 block of Piedmont Avenue
On Saturday, August 18, 2012 at approximately 12:18 a.m., BPD officers responded to a report of a loud party in the 2500 block of Piedmont Avenue. Officers arrived at the location and determined the party to be a nuisance. The location was issued a notice under the City of Berkeley’s 2nd Response Ordinance.

Auto Theft, 2900 block of Wheeler Street
On Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 7:25 a.m., the victim reported an unknown suspect stole her vehicle while it was parked in the 2900 block of Wheeler Street sometime during the night. The vehicle taken is a 1990, Silver, Honda Accord, four door.

Armed Robbery, 2500 Block of Hearst Avenue #12-03930
On Saturday August 18, 2012, at 11:33 p.m. an armed robbery occurred on the 2500 block of Hearst.  The victims, a 25 and a 30 year old male students, were walking on the sidewalk in front of Etcheverry Hall when a dark vehicle pulled up to the curb directly in front of them.  A male got out of the passenger side of the car and approached the victims. The suspect spoke to the victims, then produced a semi-automatic hand gun and demanded the victims’ property.  The victims complied and the suspect fled the scene westbound on Hearst Avenue. BPD and UCPD searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect or the dark vehicle. The victims were not injured during the encounter. The suspect is described as: A Black Male, 20 to 25 years of age, 180 lbs., 6’ to 6’02” in height, wearing dark clothes.

Community safety tip: Always leave your car locked and empty of possessions, even small change.

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  • The Sharkey

    This Police Blotter had me feeling some major déjà vu until I went back and realized that there was a three-day overlap between this and the last Blotter.


    Looking at the differences between the way those three days were reported in each blotter is interesting. The residential burglary on August 13th, for instance, didn’t make it into the last blotter at all.

  • PragmaticProgressive

    “Community safety tip: Always leave your car locked and empty of possessions, even small change.”

    And that’s why we shouldn’t have coin operated parking meters.

  • 4Eenie

    Tracey, this might be a little nit-picky, but I wonder if you could put the day in the headings as well as the date. Thanks.

    [Edited]: Oops, I realize now that the day is in the body of each section. Never mind!

  • Guest

    Thanks for this comment.  I recognized the one about the five people robbing someone on the street and thought there might be a gang at work in the area.

    Am I only one who questions whether these dispatches deserve to be posted on this site? 

    At the very least, these stories should be edited before being posted.  Every one of them that I have read contained serious errors of one kind or another.  I am shocked that the BPD writer claims to spend so much time preparing them.

  • Anonymous

    I find the semi-daily digests from http://www.crimemapping.com/ much more informative an complete. There are also SMS alerts and other features I don’t use but might be interesting to you.

  • Guest

     Thanks for the link.

  • bgal4

    Loud reports on Forrest St, now that is a new trend. More guns are being used in street robberies affecting areas of town where guns used to be less common.

  • Haselstein

    “A male got out of the passenger side of the car and approached the victims. The suspect spoke to the victims, then produced a semi-automatic hand gun and demanded the victims’ property. ” This was at 11:30 p.m. near campus. Terrifying and outrageous. 

  • Anonymous

    I thought that was the officer’s idea of a joke after reporting multiple outrageous armed robberies.

  • PragmaticProgressive

    I had the same reaction.  It’s like reminding a GSW victim to brush his teeth.

  • guest

     And this.

    “The victims were not injured during the encounter.”

    Good thing these people didn’t suffer some kind of emotional ‘injuries’ as a result of this experience.

  • The Sharkey

    The robbery with the rifle was the one that tipped me off to the overlap as well.
    Robbery via rifle is pretty uncommon around here so I was really surprised to see it two weeks in a row.

  • Foo

     I always wonder what the conversion goes like before the stick-up…”hey guys, what’s up…nice night huh? oh yeah, studying hard..me too…oh by the way, this is a gun and give me all your stuff.” If males pull over and get out of the car to talk to me, there’s not gonna be a conversation, I’m just going to keep walking. Maybe they’ll shoot me in the back; I doubt it though.