Crime

Berkeley police seek help on series of burglaries

The burglary suspect caught on store security cameras. Berkeley police believe he is responsible for a series of local burglaries. (Click to view a larger version.) Source: Berkeley Police Department

Berkeley police are seeking community help to catch a burglar.

The suspect depicted in the photos above is believed by police to be responsible for two burglaries and one attempted burglary in Berkeley, along with other burglaries in neighboring cities. The suspect gains entry by smashing a window, then enters and steals cigarettes. According to police, the suspect is in and out of a store “in a very short amount of time.”

The suspect is described as an African American male, 25-35 years old, pierced ears wearing an olive green baseball cap, black hooded sweatshirt and dark pants.

The Berkeley Police Department asks anyone with information about the burglaries or the suspect’s identity to call the Crimes Against Property Unit at 510-981-5737, or the nonemergency line at 510-981-5900. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can phone Bay Area Crimes Stoppers (BACS) at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

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  • Dbpolaris

    can you please provide a larger picture?  these small images are not very useful.  thanks.

  • tenjen

    Would be nice if we could view the photos larger.

  • emraguso

    I can upload a larger version. Give me a minute. 

  • emraguso

    Bad news… I looked at the originals from the police department and they are only about 35 kb. They are very slightly large but, unfortunately, still quite hard to make out. 

  • PragmaticProgressive

    This, by the way, is a nice illustration of why vandal resistant cameras should be placed low, not high. Too eay to hide one’s face with a baseball cap when the camera is high up.

  • Cammy

    What about where this happened?

  • Twillmonkey

    What about pressuring the cops to enforce the existing laws that make a community safe in the first place? There are many studies that show that when petty crimes are taken seriously by the police department, more heavy-duty crimes decrease in frequency.  Like enforcing laws about smoking dope and vagrancy by adults in the park next to the high school? Like abating graffiti and other forms of gang activity?  Like getting those taggers (and their legal guardians) to clean graffiti? Littering? Other acts of vandalism and property crimes?  The list goes on…When a community’s police department is actually doing its job, this kind of crime becomes less frequent.  The comments identifying the crime scenes and having cameras mounted low enough to see faces are also useful. We are living in a city which doesn’t have a large population, yet the cops are not doing their jobs.  Look at the area from Acton to 3rd and Delaware to Dwight.

  • guest

    “When a community’s police department is actually doing its job, this kind of crime becomes less frequent.”

    This is an interesting post that is notable because it sounds theoretical.  Your suggestions are good but are not necessarily evidence that the police are not “doing their jobs.”

    What really would be interesting and informative would be for you to do a ride along – especially on an overnight shift – then post again.  You could say whether you think the things that police are doing right now are “their jobs” or something else and whether you think they have free time that they should be spending policing the crimes that you list.  Or perhaps you already have done this (or comparable) information gathering that informs your observations and suggestions?

  • JJ

    The area from Acton to 3rd & Del to Dwight!!! Please elaborate, as I know that areas of that quad are heavily Policed, and also you are generalizing a very large area there, you may as well say from Gilman to Ashby and 3rd to College..

  • guest

    Go away, Mr. Lord.

  • Neighbor

    Yeah, no kidding: that is a huge area!
    I live within those parameters, and while we have had some break-ins in the neighborhood, I would say it is a pretty great neighborhood overall, and generally safe.

  • bgal4

    BPD ride along program was suspended some time ago.

    Policing is determined by policies directives by city council. Dope smoking in the park is considered not enforceable, the council passed a resolution years ago making pot a low priority.

    If the council was serious about crime reduction they would be viewing quarterly reports based on analysis not informational, the reports would include case closing rates.

    The politics determine the policing outcomes.

  • guest

    “BPD ride along program was suspended some time ago.”

    I know somebody who went on one about a month ago and found it to be very informative.

  • TN

    There was another attempt to break in this past weekend. A large store window was broken. But the proprietors were in the building and reacted. They said it was very scary. Nothing was taken.

  • guest