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 28:

Residential Burglary, 2900 Block of Channing Way
On Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 5:27 p.m., a residential burglary was reported in the 2900 block of Channing Way.  The victim reported that an unknown suspect broke into his apartment sometime during the night.  The suspect may have entered through a window.  The suspect stole several items including a laptop computer.

Auto Burglary, 2100 Block of Parker Street
On Sunday, October 28, 2012 between 1:15 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., an auto burglary occurred in the 2100 block of Parker Street.  The victim parked and locked his rental vehicle on the street.  The victim returned to the vehicle and discovered a window broken.  The unknown suspect stole the victim’s luggage.

October 29:

Stolen Vehicle, 2600 Block of Piedmont Avenue
On Monday, October 29, 2012 at approximately 1:43 p.m., the victim reported their vehicle stolen from the 2600 block of Piedmont Avenue.  The victim parked and locked their vehicle on the street.  An unknown suspect stole the victim’s vehicle sometime during the night.  Taken is a gray, 1997, Acura, TL.

Vandalism, 1300 Block of Grant Street
On Monday, October 29, 2012 between 7:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., vandalism to a vehicle occurred in the 1300 block of Grant Street.  The victim parked their vehicle early in the morning.  When they returned to their vehicle, the discovered an unknown person had scratched the exterior paint of the vehicle.

October 30:

Theft, 3000 Block of Wheeler Street
On Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at approximately 5:00 p.m., a theft was reported in the 3000 block of Wheeler Street.  The victim reported that an unknown suspect entered the rear yard of his property.  The suspect then stole a bicycle that was in the yard.

Auto Burglary, 1700 Block of Hopkins Street
On Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at approximately 12:38 p.m., an auto burglary occurred in the 1700 block of Hopkins Street.  The victim had parked her vehicle on the street.  An unknown suspect broke the window to the vehicle, stealing the victim’s backpack.

October 31:

Armed robbery north of Tang Center #12-05534
On Tuesday, October 31st, 2012 at 8:15 p.m., an armed robbery occurred on the north exterior wall of the Tang Center.  The victim was sitting against the wall when he was approached by two males.  Suspect #1 grabbed the victim’s laptop off of his lap and began to run toward the north sidewalk of Bancroft Way.  Suspect #1 pointed a handgun at the victim and continued running eastbound on Bancroft Way.  Suspect #2 ran westbound along the south sidewalk of Bancroft Way.  UCPD checked the area and was unable to locate the suspect.  The victim was not injured during the encounter. The suspects are described as: Suspect #1 – a White male, approximately 17-20 years of age, 5’10” in height, 105 pounds, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and a red baseball cap. Suspect #2 – a White male, approximately 17-20 years of age, 5’04” in height, 180 pounds, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and a black baseball cap.

Residential Burglary, 3200 Block of California Street
On Wednesday, October 31, 2012 between 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., a burglary occurred in the 3200 block of California Street.  The victim reported returned home to her residence and hearing the house alarm beeping.  The victim discovered an unknown suspect forced open a door.  According to the victim, she did not find anything missing.

Stolen Vehicle, 2400 Block of Prince Street
On Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at approximately 8:15 a.m., an auto theft occurred in the 2400 block of Prince Street.  The victim parked their vehicle the day before. The victim went out in the morning and discovered an unknown suspect stole her vehicle. The vehicle taken is a 1997, beige, Honda, Accord with four doors.

November 1:

Auto Burglary, Hearst Avenue/Euclid Street
On Thursday, November 1, 2012 between 1:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m., an auto burglary occurred near the intersection of Hearst Avenue and Euclid Street. The victim parked and locked his vehicle in near the intersection. When he returned he discovered one of the vehicle windows smashed and his IPOD stolen.

Auto Burglary, 1800 Block of Francisco
On Thursday, November 1, 2012 between 3:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. an auto burglary occurred in the 1800 block of Francisco Street.  The victim had parked her vehicle on the street, locking it.  When she went out in the morning and unknown suspect had prowled through the vehicle taking several items.  The victim does not know how the suspect gained entry to the vehicle.

November 2:

Vandalism, 1800 Block of Francisco Street
On Friday, November 2, 2012 at 9:36 a.m., the property manager of an apartment building in the 1800 block of Francisco Street reported the building vandalized. The unknown suspect painted graffiti  on the side of the building.

Auto Burglary, Shattuck Avenue/Haste Street
On Friday, November 2, 2012 at approximately 11:45 p.m., an auto burglary occurred near the intersection of Shattuck Avenue and Haste Street. The victim parked and locked his vehicle near the intersection.  An unknown suspect broke a window to the vehicle stealing the victim’s backpack.

November 3:

Vandalism, Shattuck Avenue/Cedar Street
On Saturday, November 3, 2012 at approximately 3:25 a.m., a vandalism incident occurred near the intersection of Shattuck Avenue and Cedar Street.  The victim was inside his work vehicle when he sounds coming from outside. He exited his vehicle and saw the unknown suspect had sprayed graffiti on his van using spray paint. The suspect fled the area. The suspect is described as: Suspect – “White Male Adult, 5’10”, slim build, black hair, clean shaven wearing a black pea coat and black jeans.”

Stolen Vehicle, 1400 Block of Kains Avenue
On Saturday, November 3, 2012 at approximately 10:00 a.m., the victim reported her vehicle stolen from the 1400 block of Kains Street.  The victim reported her husband had parked the vehicle the night prior. When they went out in the morning the vehicle was gone. The stolen vehicle is a 1997, Silver, Honda, Civic, Four Door.

Community safety tip: auto burglary prevention:

    •                 Take out valuables
    •                 Lock Up
    •                 Close windows/doors

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  • guest

    “See also the San Francisco Chronicle’s regularly published list of arrests in Berkeley.”

    I checked out this link.  About 2/3 names on the list are Blocked Privacy Protection.  The names are links that lead to a site that offers to show the person’s arrest record – for a fee.

  • bk

    “White Male Adult, 5’10”, slum build – hmmmm, typo?

  • http://berkeleyside.com Tracey Taylor

    bk: Mmm. Interesting description! Thanks for pointing out that typo. We have fixed it.

  • GeorgeDorn

    Suspect #1 – a White male, approximately 17-20 years of age, 5’10” in height, 105 pounds
    A scarecrow!
    Suspect #2 – a White male, approximately 17-20 years of age, 5’04” in height, 180 pounds

    A pumpkin!

    And on Halloween, to boot. Hm.

  • The Sharkey

    Has BPD started making any real attempts at doing something about the constant auto burglary problem in Berkeley, or do they still not care?

    The last time I had my car broken into BPD didn’t even want to send someone out at first, and when they finally did the officer acted bored and didn’t bother trying to take fingerprints or even look at the car much.

  • emraguso

    From what I can tell, if you check the links at around 2pm each day, the names are all there. But many of them do become blocked at a certain point.