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. 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

September 2

Loud Party, 2400 Block of Blake Street

On Sunday, September 2 at 11:32 p.m., BPD received a report of a loud party in the 2400 block of Blake Street. BPD officers responded to the location and determined the party to be a nuisance. The resident was issued a Berkeley Municipal Code notice, regarding the Second Response Ordinance.

Auto Burglary, 1800 Block of 4th Street

On Sunday, September 2 between 7:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., an auto burglary occurred in the 1800 block of 4th Street. The male victim parked and locked his vehicle. When he returned to his vehicle he discovered one of the windows smashed. The unknown suspect stole several items from his vehicle, including an iPod and tool bag.

Armed Robbery, Channing Way And Ellsworth Street

On Sunday, September 2 at approximately 9:00 p.m. an armed robbery occurred near the intersection of Ellsworth Street and Channing Way. The male and female victims, both UC students, were near Parking Structure C when they were approached by two unknown males. One of the males was armed with a gun. The victims were robbed of their backpacks and cell phones. The suspects were last seen fleeing on foot northbound on Ellsworth. BPD and UCPD searched the area but were unable to find the suspects. The victims were not injured during the encounter.

The suspects are described as: Suspect 1 – Black male, early 20s, 5’10” tall, thin or average build, goatee wearing a purple sweatshirt, dark pants and armed with a gun. Suspect 2 – Black male, 5’10”, average build wearing a black sweatshirt or fleece jacket and dark pants.

September 3

Loud Stereo, 1200 Block of Burnett Street

On Monday, September 3 at 6:50 p.m., a resident reported hearing loud car stereo in the 1200 block of Burnett Street. A BPD officer was dispatched to the location, but unable to locate any loud stereo. The vehicle had either left the area, or the owner turned off the stereo.

Residential Burglary, 1400 block of Carleton Street

On Monday, September 3 between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., a residential burglary occurred in the 1400 block of Carleton Street. The female victim reported an unknown suspect entered her home while she was away. The victim reported the suspect may have entered through a window. The suspect stole several items including a laptop computer and cell phone.

September 4

Loud Reports, 1600 Block of Russell Street

On Tuesday, September 4 at 2:37 a.m., BPD received reports of possible gunshots heard in the 1600 block of Russell Street. Officers responded and checked the area. They spoke with pedestrians in the area who reported hearing them from the area of Russell and Sacramento, but did not see anything. Officers checked the area, but did not locate and victims or damaged property.

Robbery, Hollis Street and Folger Avenue

On Tuesday, September 4 at approximately 9:58 p.m. a robbery occurred near the intersection of Hollis Street and Folger Avenue. The two male victims were walking in the area when they were approached by the unknown suspect. The suspect showed a gun to the victims and demanded their cell phones. The victims complied with the suspect’s demand. The suspect then fled the area.

The suspect is described as: “Black male, 18-25 years old, 6’1” tall, clean shaven, thin to medium build wearing a black jacket and brown pants.”

September 5

Suspicious Person, 1400 Block of Leroy Avenue

On Wednesday, September 5 at 11:33 p.m., a caller reported a suspicious person in the 1400 block of Leroy Avenue. It was reported the subject appeared to be trying to flag down vehicles and the caller wasn’t sure what the subject wanted. An officer was dispatched to the location, but unable to locate the subject.

Auto Burglary, 5th Street/Gilman Street

On Wednesday, September 5 between 11:00 a.m. and 11:25 a.m., an auto burglary occurred near the intersection of 5th and Gilman Streets. The male victim parked and locked his vehicle on 5th Street near Gilman Street. Two unknown suspects broke into the vehicle by smashing a window. The suspect took the victim’s bag, which contained a laptop and other items. The suspects got into a pearl-colored Cadillac and drove from the scene.

The suspects are described as: Suspect 1 – “Black male, 20 years old, 5’10” tall, 160-180 lbs, goatee or beard wearing a gray or blue sweatshirt and jeans”; Suspect 2 – “Black Male Adult, no further details.”

September 6

Alcohol Offense, Fulton Street/Ashby Avenue

On Thursday, September 6 at approximately 6:42 p.m., a citizen reported a person down near the intersection of Ashby Avenue and Fulton Street. The caller was unsure of the condition of the person and called the police because they were concerned. An officer was dispatched to the location and located an adult male. The officer investigated further and found that the subject was intoxicated and had an outstanding warrant. The subject was arrested for being intoxicated in public and for the outstanding warrant.

Auto Burglary, 2000 Block of Haste Street

On Thursday, September 6 between 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. an auto burglary occurred in the 2000 block of Haste Street. The female vehicle parked and locked her vehicle at approximately 6:00 p.m. When she returned to her vehicle she discovered a window broken and her backpack missing.

September 7

Traffic Hazard, 700 Block of San Luis Road

On Friday, September 7 at 9:46 a.m., a citizen reported several vehicles block the roadway in the 700 block of San Luis Road. It was reported the vehicles were parked in such a way to make the roadway impassable. An officer was dispatched to the location and found the roadway clear.

Residential Burglary, 1700 Block of Delaware Street

On Friday, September 7 between 2:00 p.m. and 3:25 p.m. a residential burglary occurred in the 1700 block of Delaware Street. The resident reported the unknown suspect entered the residence and stole a laptop computer. It appears the suspect may have entered through an unlocked window.

September 8

Trespassing, 2300 Block of Bancroft Way

On Saturday, September 8 at 10:13 a.m., a citizen reported a subject trespassing and creating a disturbance in the 2300 block of Durant Avenue. The reporting party requested the subject be contacted and asked to leave the property. An officer responded to the location and located the subject. The subject was advised he was not wanted on the property and left.

Vandalism, 60 Block of Oakvale Avenue

On Saturday, September 8 at 10:38 a.m. a resident in the 60 block of Oakvale Avenue reported an unknown suspect vandalized their vehicle. An unknown suspect punctured the tires to the victim’s vehicle. During the investigation the officer discovered two more victim vehicles.

September 9

Armed Robbery, Russell Street and Benvenue Avenue

On Sunday, September 9 at 12:54 a.m. a robbery occurred at the intersection of Benvenue and Russell. The female and male victims were walking near the intersection when they were approached by two males. One of the males produced a handgun and demanded the victims’ property. The victims complied and gave the suspects their property, which included a wallet, purse and cell phones. The suspects fled the scene on foot in an unknown direction. The victims were not harmed during the encounter. BPD searched the area but was unable to locate the suspects.

The suspects were described as: Suspect 1 — a Black male, in his late 20s, 6’3″ in height, 180 lbs., wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt. Suspect 2 — a Black male, in his late 20s, 6’0″ in height, 170 lbs., wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt.


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  • Petsitter101

    I feel much safer now that I know the police were dispatched to the 700 block of San Luis Road to take care of illegally parked cars.  When they got there, the cars were already moved.  If this weekly report is prepared for the community, why on earth did they feel the need include this?  If they don’t have the sense to omit this kind of information, how can you trust they actually include more useful info?

  • Wontbefooledagain

    “Use well lit streets and sidewalks”…OK…so, my street has terrible lighting, thank you City of Berkeley, so essentially I should not walk on it after dark.

  • Biker 94703

    I’d add one more to the community safety tips:

    – don’t leave purses, backpacks, ANYTHING in your car.

  • The Sharkey

    Better advice would be to carry a heavy flashlight and a can of pepper spray.

  • Charles_Siegel

    Maybe that is useful, because it helps us understand what the police workload is like. 

    I think they are required by law to respond to that complaint.  Anyone who is too quick to call the police should realize, after reading this, that they should wait to see if there is a real problem rather than wasting police time.  And we all should realize that the police have a heavy workload because of false alarms like this one, so we should have a bit more sympathy with them.

  • Guest

    Definitely good advice.  However, we recently had our car window smashed and car broken into and rifled through even though there was NOTHING inside.  With many Berkeleyans having no option but street parking, it’s frustrating that this type of crime has become so ubiquitous that even a completely empty car is no guarantee against it.  The upside, of course, is that if there’s nothing in your car to take, then nothing gets taken — a smashed window is better than a missing laptop, but it’s still no fun.

  • TN

    The problem with street lights is that they are STREET lights and not always sidewalk lights. This is particularly a problem in areas with heavy tree canopies. This is true every where not just in Berkeley.

    If we want to encourage people to walk to their destinations, or walk to the bus stops, we need a way to make it safer for pedestrians by lighting the sidewalks. Aside from the issue of crime, with our uneven, buckled sidewalks, tripping is a hazard at night.

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  • The Sharkey

    A friend of mine who used to live in South Berkeley had his car broken into so often that he eventually started leaving his doors unlocked all the time. But that only works if you have an old car that you don’t really care much about.

  • Chris

     Well said!

  • Chris

     That is because Berkeley will not install any new street lights due to PROP 218. New lighting would have to be put on the ballot:

  • Sarah

    As someone who regularly has their driveway blocked by cars in the neighborhood, I wouldn’t consider it a false alarm. It always takes at least two hours for police to come and tow or ticket and if I know I will need to leave in a few hours, I call so that I’ll be able to leave.  Occasionally the car will leave before the police show up, so I’ll call back and cancel the call for service. 

  • Petsitter101

    Maybe I was not clear.  I understand the police may need to respond to illegally parked cars.  My disbelief was related to the need to put that in the report to the community.  Personally, I know they must respond to a lot of these mundane problems.  I do not need to read about those mundane problems.  I would rather hear of the more concerning problems like the robberies etc.