Berkeleyside Police Blotter: Crime in Berkeley, Jan. 5-11

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, unless otherwise noted. See past crime blotters here. (Note to readers: We’re trying out a new format, and will be experimenting in the coming weeks to provide more information about crime in Berkeley, so please provide feedback in the comments section if you notice anything new or have ideas for more coverage.)

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 CrimeMapping.com.

The following items represent just a sampling of calls, and times appear to be approximate. From Jan. 5-11, there were nine burglary reports, 16 auto break-in or theft from a vehicle reports, and six stolen vehicle reports to the Berkeley Police Department, according to CrimeMapping.com. One robbery and eight assaults were reported. These numbers are subject to change. Click the previous links for the most current information.

Crime Briefs for the Week of Jan. 5

Jan. 5, Saturday

Police responded to a report of a home burglary in the 1800 block of Thousand Oaks Boulevard at 11 a.m.

Berkeley police received three calls involving theft or burglary from vehicles, in the 2400 block of Warring Street at 1 a.m.; in the 100 block of Fairlawn Drive at 5 p.m.; and in the 1200 block of Monterey Avenue at 7 p.m. University of California police received a report of grand theft from the Lawrence Hall of Science parking lot at 1:36 p.m.

Two vehicles were reported stolen, in the 1600 block of Ninth Street at 8 p.m., and in the 1000 block of Keith Avenue at 9 p.m.

Selected calls for service to the Berkeley Police Department, Jan. 5-11, 2013, via CrimeMapping.com

Selected calls for service to the Berkeley Police Department, Jan. 5-11, 2013, via CrimeMapping.com. Click the map for a full list of incidents.

Jan. 6, Sunday

Police responded to three calls involving narcotics on Dwight Way, first at Dwight and Hillside Avenue at 2:29 a.m.; then at Dwight and Ninth Street at 12:45 p.m.; and last in the 2900 block of Dwight at 2:55 p.m.

There were three reports of burglary from vehicles: at noon from the 2300 block of Fourth Street; at 4:15 p.m. from the 2300 block of Channing Way; and at 11 p.m. from the 1900 block of Sixth Street.

Someone made a report about vandalism in the 1200 block of Hopkins Street at 7 p.m.

Jan. 7, Monday

There were four calls involving theft or burglary from a vehicle: in the 1400 block of Addison Street at 2:30 a.m.; in the 1300 block of Grizzly Peak Boulevard at 5 p.m.; in the 1800 block of Shattuck Avenue at 5:45 p.m.; and in the 600 block of Grizzly Peak at 8 p.m.

Police responded to a report of a commercial burglary at 5 a.m. in the 2500 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

Police responded to a report of an assault at University Avenue and California Street at 1:35 p.m.

UC police responded to a report of possession of marijuana for sale in People’s Park at 5:10 p.m.

An arson was reported in the 2300 block of Bancroft Way at 9:15 p.m. 

Jan. 8, Tuesday

A residential burglary was reported at 2 p.m. in the 600 block of Santa Rosa Avenue.

UC police responded to a burglary report from Tolman Hall at 11:25 a.m.

One assault and two incidences of battery were reported: a misdemeanor battery at Haste Street and Telegraph Avenue at 4:11 p.m.; a felony assault in the 1600 block of Hearst Avenue at 4:35 p.m.; and felony battery in the 1700 block of Derby Street at 10 p.m. Berkeleyside has requested additional information.

Police responded to a DUI report in the 2700 block of College Avenue at 5:55 p.m.

There were four theft- or burglary-from-vehicle reports: in the 2500 block of San Pablo; at Dwight Way and Hillside Avenue; and two in the 1800 block of Scenic Avenue.

Police responded to two reports of vandalism on Ninth Street, one in the 2100 block at 10 p.m. and one in the 2400 block at 11:50 p.m.

Berkeley Lab released a warning and safety reminder about a guest researcher who had been robbed on Dec. 30 at 9:45 p.m. near Ohlone Park, just west of the University of California, Berkeley, campus. According to the notice, police arrested the assailants, and most of the stolen items were returned.

Jan. 9, Wednesday

Police responded to a misdemeanor assault report in the 1400 block of Grizzly Peak at 11 a.m.

Something valued at less than $950 was reported stolen from the 2300 block of Shattuck at 1:10 p.m.

A vehicle was reported stolen from the 1800 block of West Street at 10:30 p.m.

There were 16 reports from Jan. 5-11 involving thefts or burglaries from vehicles, according to CrimeMapping.com. Click the map for a detailed list.

There were 16 reports to the Berkeley Police Department from Jan. 5-11 involving thefts or burglaries from vehicles, according to CrimeMapping.com. Click the map for a detailed list. (One additional item, in the 600 block of Grizzly Peak, does not appear on the map.)

Jan. 10, Thursday

Police responded to a misdemeanor assault at Allston Way and Sacramento Street at 11:15 a.m.

A thief stole something from a vehicle at Virginia Street and Shattuck. It was reported at 5:30 p.m.

Police responded to a home burglary report in the 2100 block of California Street at 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 11, Friday

Police responded to four commercial burglary reports throughout the day: the 2000 block of Sixth Street at 1:22 a.m.; the 2100 block of Berkeley Way at 2:29 a.m.; and two in the 1300 block of Eighth Street from 3-3:30 a.m.

Police received a report of a gun at 2:47 a.m. at San Pablo and Cedar Street.

See the full list of Berkeley Police Department calls here on CrimeMapping.com. This may have been updated since publication. See the list of calls to the UC Police Department.

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  • The Sharkey

    I really like the inclusion of the crime map! It’s a nice addition that makes it easier to understand what’s happening where.

    Keep up the good work!

  • emraguso

    Glad to hear it — thanks for the feedback.

  • bingo

    agreed with the shark here. just excellent and I like that it’s clickable too.

  • Embittered Old-timer

    “UC police responded to a report of possession of marijuana for sale in People’s Park at 5:10 p.m.”

    It’d be more noteworthy if they finally found someone in People’s Park who WASN’T a drug dealer.

  • Notarat

    What would be helpful is a way to get more information on a specific incident. For example, if there was a robbery two weeks ago just around the corner from ones house, it would be nice to know details of the incident and the status of the investigation. Also, a more interactive map, particularly with a way to reference the above would be great. I personally don’t find the partial list of police calls helpful at all when it comes to finding out what is going on in my area. I read it purely for entertainment (if one could call it that).

  • emraguso

    We’re having frequent conversations with police about how to get more timely information about incidents, and more detailed information as well, so expect to see more stories on incidents and arrests. It’s a work in progress.
    If you go to CrimeMapping.com and you enter your address, you can see what’s going on right in your neighborhood. Worth noting, however, that the information in the map is minimal and frequently calls IN THE PAST are added… so if you check today, and then check again tomorrow, you may well see MORE calls in past recent days than you saw the first time. I’m not sure what kind of schedule the police department uses for exporting the information to CrimeMapping but it seems to change often and in somewhat unpredictable ways. It’s better than nothing though. Thank you for the suggestions.