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.

December 2:

Commercial Burglary Attempt, 2500 block of 10th Street
On Sunday, December 2, 2012 between 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM, a commercial burglary attempt occurred in the 2500 block of 10th Street.   Any unknown suspect broke the window, but was unable to gain entry to the interior of the building.
December 3:

Stolen Vehicle, 700 Regal Road
On Monday, December 3, 2012 at approximately 4:45 PM, a vehicle was stolen in the 700 block of Regal Road.  The victim reported parking his vehicle on the street and then going into the nearby park.  He returned and discovered an unknown person stole his vehicle.  Taken was a silver, 1998, Acura TL, four-door.

December 4:

Vandalism, 2400 block of Shattuck Avenue
On Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at approximately 12:50 PM a reported vandalism incident occurred inside of a business in the 2400 block of Shattuck Avenue. The suspect became angered and caused damage to property inside the business. The manager of the business flagged down a BPD Officer who detained the suspect. The suspect was arrested for vandalism.

December 5:

Auto Burglary, 2000 Block of Delaware Street
On Wednesday, December 5, 2012, at approximately 9:30 AM, the victim reported their vehicle burglarized while it was parked in the 2000 block of Delaware Street. The unknown suspect broke a window to the vehicle. They then accessed the trunk and stole a bag.

December 6:

Residential Burglary, 1600 block of Stuart Street
On Thursday, December 6, 2012, between 11:45 AM and 4:30 PM a residential burglary occurred in the 1600 block of Stuart Street.  The unknown suspect entered through a rear locked door.  They stole several laptops from the home.

December 7:

Robbery, 2300 Block of College Avenue, #12-67687
On Friday, December 7th, 2012, at 6:55 p.m. a robbery occurred on College Avenue near Bancroft Way.  The female victim was sitting in a business on the 2300 block of College when a male suspect attempted to take her laptop from the table. The victim and the suspect struggled over the laptop and both fell to the ground. The suspect managed to gain control of the laptop and fled west on Durant Avenue from College. The victim suffered minor physical injuries.  BPD searched the area but could not locate the suspect. The suspect is described as: a Black male in his mid-20s, approximately 5’4” in height, with a thin build, short black hair, wearing a black shiny jacket and black pants.

December 8:

Auto Burglary, 2400 block of Blake Street
On Saturday, December 8, 2012 at between 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM an auto burglary occurred in the 2400 block of Blake Street.  An unknown suspect broke the window to the victim’s vehicle.  The suspect stole a GPS device.

Community safety tips:

    • Always lock your doors and window. (even if just for a minute)
    • Never leave a house key “hidden” outside your front door.
    • Exterior doors should have “dead bolt” locks.

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  • bingo

    WTF with this one? Robbery, 2300 Block of College Avenue, #12-67687

    the woman was in a business and no one helped her? Insanity.

  • potheeny

    This is from comments on the story of the guy in the hills who was punched and run over by criminals whom he caught breaking into his house.

    “Never confront – run, hide, call the cops, but don’t pit yourself against a cornered criminal.”

    It is very difficult to know what to do when confronted by this situation although I do like to think that I would have tried to help the victim.

  • bingo

    I suppose that’s a valid point, but I’m trying to imagine myself in a coffeeshop or restaurant when a thief comes in and wrestles with a patron for their laptop. I don’t know what I’d do, but I’d like to think I’d intervene…along with the other 20 people.