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 (CFS) only and are subject to review and reclassification.  These CFS numbers only reflect part one crimes reported to BPD.  The numbers reflected in the report are only a snapshot of what occurs in the City of Berkeley.  The numbers are considered for informational purposes only and should not be used for data analysis or comparison to other agencies.  Cases may be reclassified after further review of the incident, by supervisors, investigating detectives or the District Attorney 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 19:

Trespassing, 2200 block of Carleton Street
On Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 10:52 a.m., a trespasser was reported in the 2200 block of Carleton Street.  An officer arrived at the location and located a male subject trespassing.  The subject was issued a citation for trespassing under the Berkeley Municipal Code.

Robbery, 1800 Block of Solano Avenue
On Sunday, August 19, 2012 at approximately 6:00 p.m. a robbery was reported in the 1800 block of Solano Avenue.  A business reported the unknown suspect entered and took several bottles of alcohol.  The suspect left the business without paying for the items.  The suspect was confronted by a loss prevention officer outside of the business.  The suspect then used force against the officer, by trying to strike him.  The suspect fled the area taking the merchandise with him. The suspect is described as: Suspect – “Black male adult, 6’3″ tall, 200 pounds, shaven head wearing a red T-shirt, tan cargo pants and carrying a turquoise backpack.”

August 20:

Loud Reports, 400 Block of Grizzly Peak Blvd
On Monday, August 20, 2012 at approximately 11:22 P.M., residents in the 400 block of Grizzly Peak Blvd reported hearing possible gunshots.  Neighboring agencies were also getting calls of loud reports.  Officers checked the area and were unable to locate the source.  No injuries or damage were reported to BPD.

Commercial Burglary, 3100 Block of Shattuck Avenue
On Monday, August 20, 2012 between 12:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. a burglary occurred in the 3100 block of Shattuck Avenue.  The unknown suspect appears to have made entry through a patio door to the business.  The suspect stole a television and cash from the business.

August 21:

Suspicious Noises, 2300 Block of College Avenue
On Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at approximately 9:39 p.m., officers responded to a resident complaint of strange noises in the 2300 block of College Avenue.  The resident reported possibly hearing the sounds of someone walking on the roof of a building currently under construction.  Officers arrived and the location and checked the roof.  The officers did not find anything unusual or find persons.

Robbery, Adeline Street and Russell Street
On Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at approximately 1:38 p.m., a robbery occurred in the area of Adeline Street and Russell Street.  The male victim was walking in the area when he was approached by two unknown suspects.  The victim was knocked to the ground by one of the suspects.  The suspects stole the victim’s cell phone.  The suspects then fled the area.  The victim was not physically injured during the incident. The suspects are described as: Suspect 1 – “Black Male, 16-18 years old, 5’6″ tall, thin wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black jeans and a black Chicago Bulls snap-back hat.” Suspect 2 – “Black Male, 16-18 years old, 5’6″ tall, athletic build wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black jeans.”

August 22:

Suspicious Circumstances, 2000 Block of Kittredge St
On Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at approximately 3:45 a.m., officers responded to a report of glass being broken in 2000 block of Kittredge Street.  An officer arrived and checked the area.  The officer did not locate any damaged property or broken glass.

Auto Burglary, 4th Street/Bancroft Way
On Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at approximately 11:02 a.m., an auto burglary occurred near the intersection of 4th Street and Bancroft Way.  The victim parked and locked his vehicle near the intersection.  As he started to walk away he heard the car alarm going off.  He turned to see the unknown suspect walking from his vehicle carrying several items.  The suspect got into a yellow corvette and drove off.  The victim discovered his car stereo and some clothing missing. The suspect is described as: Suspect – “Asian Male, 20-30 years old, goatee, receding hair line, 5’10” tall, 220 pounds wearing a black shirt and jeans.”

August 23:

Berkeley Municipal Code Violation (BMC), Skate Park, Harrison Street
On Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 2:14 p.m., a city employee reported bicycle riders inside the skate park on Harrison Street.  Only skateboarders are permitted in the park.  An officer was dispatched to the location and contacted three riders. The riders were asked to leave the park.

Vandalism, 2300 block of Howe Street
On Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 11:15 p.m. a report of vandalism occurred in the 2300 block of Howe Street.  The victim reported hearing a loud crash from in front of his resident.  When he went to investigate he discovered that an unknown suspect damaged the several fence panels.

August 24:

Loud Reports, 2200 block of Curtis Street
On Friday, August 24, 2012 at approximately 11:30 p.m., a resident in the 2200 block of Curtis Street reported hearing a loud report.  Officers responded to the location.  After speaking with people in the area, officers determined it was fireworks.

Carjacking, 2500 Block of Benvenue Avenue
On Friday, August 24, 2012 at approximately 7:55 p.m., a carjacking occurred in 2500 block of Benvenue Avenue. The adult male victim was waiting in his vehicle for a friend. The victim was approached by the unknown suspect, who was armed with a gun. The suspect ordered the victim out of the vehicle. The victim fearing for his safety got out of the vehicle. The suspect fled the area taking the victim’s vehicle.  The stolen vehicle is a gray, 2006, Pontiac, GTO, two door. The suspect is described as: “Black male, early 30s, 5’10” tall, medium complexion, muscular build wearing all dark clothing.”

August 25:

Person Down, Dana Street/Parker Street
On Saturday, August 25, 2012, at approximately 10:46 p.m., a caller reported a person down near the intersection of Dana and Parker Streets.  A BPD officer arrived on scene and located the male subject. The officer advised that the subject appeared to be intoxicated and needed medical assistance. The Berkeley Fire Department was called to assist the subject. BFD transported the subject to a local hospital for treatment.

Recovered Stolen Auto, 2900 Block of 7th Street
On Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 10:44 p.m., a security guard reported a suspicious vehicle parked in the 1900 block of 7thStreet.  The officer arrived and located the vehicle unoccupied.  A record check on the vehicle showed it had been reported stolen in San Francisco.  The officer contacted the victim and informed them the vehicle was located.  The vehicle was towed for safekeeping until the owner could pick it up.

COMMUNITY SAFETY TIP: 

Do not leave your purse or backpack unattended.  Purses and backpacks hung on chairs or left in shopping carts are easy targets for theft.

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