Berkeleyside Police Blotter: Crime in Berkeley, Dec. 16-24

A Berkeley police cruiser. Photo: D.H. Parks

A Berkeley police cruiser. Photo: D.H. Parks

This is a partial list of recent crimes in Berkeley based on reports to the Berkeley Police Department and the UC Berkeley Police Department, unless otherwise noted. [Note to readers: We’re trying out a new format, and will be experimenting in the coming weeks to get you more information, so please provide feedback in the comments section below if you notice anything new or have ideas for more coverage.] See past Crime Blotters here.

See also Local Crime News’ regularly published list of arrests of Berkeley residents. Other sources of information on crime in Berkeley include the Police Department’s CrimeView Community and

The following items represent just a sampling of calls, many of which were selected by the Berkeley Police Department. From Dec. 16-23, there were 33 burglary reports, 58 auto break-in or theft from a vehicle reports, and nine stolen vehicle reports within the city limits, according to Nine robberies and seven assaults were reported.

Crime Briefs for the Week of Dec. 16

Dec. 16, Sunday

Loud Reports, Sacramento Street and Alcatraz Avenue: Berkeley police officers received reports of possible gunshots near Sacramento and Alcatraz at about 6:50 p.m. Several officers responded, but found nothing. There were no reported victims or property damage.

Robbery on Fairlawn: Police responded to a robbery on Fairlawn at about 2:30 p.m.; a woman in the 500 block said she came home to find two men casing her house. According to police, they attacked her when she tried to get their license plate number.

Robbery on San Pablo: According to, police responded to a report of a robbery in the 2900 block of San Pablo Avenue at around 5:22 p.m.

Dec. 17, Monday

Auto Burglary, 1400 block of Ninth Street: Sometime between 8:30 p.m. and 10:22 p.m., a thief broke into a vehicle parked on Ninth. A woman who returned to her vehicle found one of its windows had been broken. The thief appeared to have prowled through the car, but took nothing.

Selected crimes reported in Berkeley from Dec. 16-23, via

Selected calls for service reported in Berkeley from Dec. 16-23, via Click the image above to reach an interactive map. Select “Berkeley Police” from the “Agencies” option for better results.

Dec. 18, Tuesday

Auto Burglary, 1300 block of Carlotta Avenue: A man went outside in the morning, around 7:40 a.m., to find that his car door had been pried open, and paperwork had been stolen.

Dec. 19, Wednesday

Robbery, 2100 block of Ashby Avenue: A male victim was robbed by two teens at about 9:20 p.m. while walking down Ashby. The victim had been walking down the street when one of the teens called out to him. He kept walking, and one of the teens tried to grab his bag. They then struck him, knocking him to the ground, when he refused to give up the bag. Police said he suffered a non-life threatening injury. The robbers took the victim’s bag, which contained a laptop. Police described both robbers as black, 18 to 19 years old, 6 feet tall and 170 pounds. One wore a black beanie cap, a red vest and jeans. The other was wearing all black-colored clothing.

Dec. 20, Thursday

Robbery near Grove Park: According to, police responded to a report of a robbery at the intersection of Russell and Harper streets at 1:20 p.m.

Robbery on San Pablo Avenue: According to, police responded to a report of a robbery in the 2000 block of San Pablo, near University Avenue, at 4:50 p.m.

Person Down, Cedar Street and Euclid Avenue: Police received a report of someone on the ground in the intersection of Cedar and Euclid at about 8:10 p.m. They were unable to find anyone.

Dec. 21, Friday

Robbery on San Pablo: According to, police received a report of a robbery in the 1300 block of San Pablo Avenue, near Gilman Street, at about 3:20 p.m.

Loud Reports, Sacramento and Alcatraz: At about 9:30 p.m., police received reports of possible gunshots near Sacramento and Alcatraz. Several officers responded, but they did not find anything. There were no reported victims or property damage.

Auto burglary and theft from vehicle reports, Dec. 16-23, via Click the map for a detailed list.

Auto burglary and theft from vehicle reports, Dec. 16-23, via Click the map for a detailed list.

Dec. 22, Saturday

Robbery on Dwight Way: Just after midnight, police responded to a robbery of a 24-year-old woman in the 2300 block of Dwight. The woman had been walking when a thief approached her from behind, between two parked vehicles, and robbed her of her purse while threatening to have a gun. The thief fled east on Dwight in a white four-door sedan. The woman was not injured. Berkeley police officers searched for the suspect, and their investigation is continuing, according to a notice sent by the University of California Police Department. The robber was described as a black male, 20-30 years old with a medium build, dark complexion and short hair. He was wearing dark-colored clothing.

Robbery on Hearst and San Pablo avenues: According to, police responded to a report of a robbery at Hearst and San Pablo at 8:50 p.m.

Suspicious Vehicle, San Luis Road and Arlington Avenue: After receiving a report of a suspicious vehicle, police found a car that matched the given description. Several young adults were in the vehicle. Berkeley Police determined that the young adults were waiting for a friend who lived nearby. They left once their friend arrived to meet them.

Dec. 23, Sunday

Disturbance in the Park: Police received a report of a loud group at Indian Rock Park. Officers arrived and spoke with a group of people. Police said the group left, and no further action was taken.

Robbery on San Pablo: According to, police responded to a report of a robbery in the 2100 block of San Pablo, near Allston Way, at 7:17 p.m.

Dec. 24, Monday

Shots Fired on Sproul: University of California police responded to a report of shots fired on Lower Sproul Plaza at about 7:35 p.m. According to witnesses, a group of youth were arguing then someone fired three gunshots. The youth fled, but police were able to detain “a good number” of them. Police recovered one handgun, and no one was injured. Police continue to investigate, and say they will release additional information pending the completion of the investigation.


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  • Berkeley Resident

    Love the maps. Both the Trend Report and the Detailed Report on the CrimeMapping map, represented by icons on upper mid-right horizontal column, are rich additions. The addition of visual information to the crime report makes translating and understanding the information more effective.

  • emraguso

    Glad to hear this! Thank you for taking the time to write.

  • Fran Haselsteiner

    Wondering whether the spate of robberies on San Pablo at different intersections is new or whether previous such robberies haven’t been chosen for the digest. The frequency in this report is reason for concern. I’m concerned about the area around the new dispensary, too. Supposedly San Pablo has officers on bikes, but I have never seen one. Thanks–

  • emraguso

    Hi Fran! We’ve mostly, up to this point, been posting a short round-up from police, but have been working to expand our crime coverage — we started this week with a broader look at calls for service. We asked about all the recent robberies and police were very helpful in providing additional information. It looks like there was a spike in the past 30 days, and also a spike in lat summer, but otherwise robbery reports have been pretty stable. We’ll have a story coming Friday to offer a bit more information about robbery trends. If we can, we’ll connect with someone at BPD to offer more context as far as what’s been going on.

  • Yuki

    I’d like to commend the BPD for arresting a 4 time convicted burglar and parole violator who was arrested after casing multiple homes on Christmas Eve. This burglar has stolen so many items , he carries a weapon and has frightened so many people :( The police response was near immediate and it really felt like they saved Christmas for our neighborhood. A special thank you to officer Flores !

  • black lotus

    There has been a big spike in robberies on Panoramic Hill

  • kamarie

    I agree, the Crimemapping graphics are handy.

  • emraguso

    Thanks! BPD hasn’t posted any new data online since Dec. 24 but we’re hoping it gets updated ASAP so we can get you the latest.