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 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.

October 7:

Suspicious Person, 1700 Block of Blake Street
On Sunday, October 7, 2012 at approximately 11:12 p.m., a citizen reported a suspicious person in the 1700 block of Blake Street. It was reported the subject was possibly in the neighborhood casing for thefts. Officers were dispatched and an area check was negative. No thefts were reported.

October 8:

Vandalism, 2200 Block of Blake Street
On Monday, October 8, 2012 at approximately 6:30 p.m., the victim reported her vehicle damaged while it was parked in the 2200 block of Blake Street. The victim reported that an unknown suspect used a sharp tool and scratched the paint of her vehicle.

October 9:

Theft, 2200 Block of Durant Avenue
On Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at approximately 6:16 p.m., the victim reported his cell phone stolen from inside a restaurant in the 2200 Block of Durant Avenue. The victim left his cell phone unattended for a moment while he went out front. While he was away an unknown suspect stole it.

October 10:

Commercial Burglary, 1600 Block of San Pablo Avenue
On Wednesday, October 10, 2012 10:48 a.m., the owner of a restaurant in the 1600 block of San Pablo Avenue reported being the victim of burglary. The unknown suspect(s) broke a window to the business. The suspect or suspects then prowled the business stealing beverages.

October 11:

Robbery, 2600 Block of Benvenue Street
On Thursday, October 11, 2012 at approximately, 9:16 p.m., a robbery occurred in the 2600 block of Benvenue Street. The female victim was walking in the area when she was grabbed from behind by the unknown suspect. The suspect grabbed the victim’s cell phone and a struggled occurred. The suspect was able to grab the phone from the victim’s hand and ran to a waiting vehicle, black sedan a possible Lexus. The suspect is described as: Suspect – “Black Male, early 20s, 5’11″ tall, slim build, medium complexion wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and light tan pants.”

October 12:

Loud Reports, 2600 Block of Ellsworth Street
On Friday, October 12, 2012 at approximately 11:43 p.m., BPD received several reports of possible gunshots in the area of the 2600 block of Ellsworth Street.  Officers were dispatched to the location and did an area check. They did not locate any signs of a shooting, an no victims or damaged property were located.

October 13:

Stolen vehicle, 1300 Block of 7th Street
On Saturday, October 13, 2012, at approximately 2:39 p.m., the victim reported his vehicle stolen from the 1300 block of 7th Street. The victim parked and locked his vehicle on the night of the 12th.  The victim returned to his vehicle at 1:00 a.m. on the 13th and discovered his vehicle missing. The stolen vehicle is a White, 1990, Acura, Integra, two doors.

Community safety tip:

 Bicycle Theft Prevention:

  • Always lock your bicycle.
  • Secure your bicycle at home; many are stolen from yards and garages.
  • Secure quick release wheels and seats.

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  • bgal4

    I asked council member Wozniak for a breakdown on robberies, armed vs strong armed, he obliged me with this information:

    “47% of all robberies are armed robberies, where a firearm (38%), knife (6%) or other dangerous weapon (3%) was used”