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.

See also Local Crime News’ regularly published list of arrests of Berkeley residents. For other sources of information on crime in Berkeley see BPD’s CrimeView Community and Crimemapping.com.

November 25:

Robbery, 2200 Block of Shattuck Avenue
On Sunday, November 25, 2012 at approximately 6:18 PM a robbery occurred in the 2200 block of Shattuck Avenue.  The male victim entered the restroom to a business.  He was followed in by the unknown suspect.  The suspect punched the victim and attempted to take his cell phone.  The victim was able to maintain control of his phone.  The suspect then fled the area.  The victim suffered minor physical injuries. The suspect is described as: Suspect – “Black Male Adult, 24 years old, 5’6”-6’1” tall, 160-170 lbs, black chin length dread style hair, clean shaven, light complexion wearing a black puffy jacket.”

November 26:

Robbery, Dana Street/Dwight Way
On Monday, November 26, 2012 at approximately 1:15 PM a robbery occurred near the intersection of Dana Street and Dwight Way.  The female victim was walking when the male suspect grabbed her cell phone.  The suspect then tried to flee.  The victim caught up to the suspect and struggled with the suspect for her cell phone.  The victim recovered her phone and called the police.  The suspect was later detained by BPD officers and arrested for robbery. The suspect is described as: Suspect – “Hispanic Male Adult, dark complexion, 25-30 years old, 5’7”-5’8” tall, short scruffy mustache and goatee, dark brown eyes, dark shoulder length hair wearing a baseball hat, baggy oversized jacket and pants.”

November 27:

Residential Burglary, 1700 Block of 10th Street
On Tuesday, November 27, 2012 between 12:45 PM and 2:45 PM a residential burglary occurred in the 1700 block of 10th Street.  The unknown suspect entered the rear yard of the residence.  The suspect then entered the home through a partially opened window.  The suspect stole an IPAD and Laptop from the residence.

November 28:

Robbery, 1800 Block of Spruce Street
On Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at approximately 5:38 PM a robbery occurred in the 1800 block of Spruce Street.  The male victim was walking in the area when he was approached by the two unknown suspects.  One suspect grabbed the victim cell phone and pointed a gun at him.  The suspect then demanded the rest of the victim’s property.  The victim gave the suspects his wallet.  The suspects then ran off. The suspects are described as: Suspect 1&2– “Black Male Adults, 20-30 years old, 5’10” -6” tall, medium build wearing black or dark colored hooded sweatshirts.”

November 29:

Auto Burglary, 1300 Block of Ada Street
On Thursday, November 29, 2012 between 8:10 AM and 8:17 AM an auto burglary occurred in the 1300 block of Ada Street.  The victim’s vehicle was parked on the street in the 1300 block of Ada Street.  The unknown suspect broke a window to the vehicle.  The suspect then stole the victim’s briefcase, which contained a cell phone and laptop.

Sexual battery, walkway between Barker Hall and Koshland Hall #12-06025
On Thursday, November 29th, 2012, at 7:30 p.m., a sexual battery occurred on the walkway between Barker Hall and Koshland Hall.  The victim, a 21 year old female student, was walking when the suspect approached her from behind.  The suspect reached around her with both of his hands and grabbed her genital area over her clothing.  The victim screamed and the suspect fled northbound on the walkway and then westbound on Hearst Avenue.  The victim was not injured during the encounter and immediately called UCPD. UCPD checked the area but was unable to locate the suspect. The suspect is described as: A Hispanic male, late 20’s to early 30’s years of age, approximately 5’05” tall, heavy build, with dark shoulder length wavy hair, and wearing a turquoise colored short sleeved t-shirt and dark pants.

November 30:

Commercial Burglary, 2900 Block of College Avenue
On Friday, November 30, 2012 at approximately 3:42 AM a commercial burglary occurred in the 2900 block of College Avenue.  The unknown suspect broke the window to the business.  The suspect stole computers from the business.

Assault with a deadly weapon, Durant Avenue at Telegraph Avenue
On Thursday, November 30th, 2012, at 1:55 p.m., an assault with a deadly weapon occurred at the intersection of Durant Avenue and Telegraph Avenue. The victim, a white male, was approached by two suspects. One suspect stabbed the victim and the two suspects fled south on Telegraph Avenue.  The victim sustained non-life threatening wounds. UCPD and BPD checked the area and was unable to locate the suspects. The suspects were described as: Suspect #1: White male, approximately 20 years of age. Suspect #2: Hispanic male, approximately 20 year sof age.

December 1:

Stolen Vehicle, 2500 Block of 9th Street
On Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 9:12 AM, the victim reported their vehicle stolen from the 2500 block of 9th Street.   The victim parked his vehicle on the street in front of his residence.  When he went out he discovered his vehicle was missing.  Taken was a Silver, 1997, Honda Civic, two-door.

Community safety tip: Identity theft prevention

  • Do not have your driver’s license number or social security number printed on your checks.
  • Do not release personal information over the phone or internet.
  • Do not carry PIN or passwords with your personal belongings.

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  • Shannon A.

    Re: November 26. Ha! You go girl! Stupid perp got beat up, THEN arrested!

  • Whatwhat

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen fewer than 30 people at Durant and Telegraph at 2pm on a Thursday. HTF did two guys rob and stab somebody and then flee *south* on Telegraph, presumably bumping into another 100 or so people along the way?

  • berkopinionator

    Where is the raw data used to compile these reports to be found? The crimeview map lacks narrative details.

  • guest

    The police department writes these articles.

  • 3rdGenBerkeleyan

    the reason she was able to catch him was because of his stupid sagging pants (impossible to run with them)