Berkeleyside Police Blotter: Crime in Berkeley, Jan. 17-23

Selected calls for service to the Berkeley Police Department, Jan. 17-23, 2013, via CrimeMapping.com. Click the map for a full list of incidents.

Selected calls for service to the Berkeley Police Department, Jan. 17-23, 2013, via CrimeMapping.com. Click the map for a full list of incidents. The black icons represent burglaries; the red icons represent physical violence; the blue icons with a white mask represent robberies. The purple car icons show vehicle thefts and the green icons indicate vandalism. The blue icon with “SC” on it shows a reported sexual assault.

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: Please provide feedback in the comments section if you notice anything new or have ideas for more coverage. We always appreciate tips about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at tips@berkeleyside.com.)

The following items represent just a sampling of calls, and times appear to be approximate. From Jan. 17-23, there were 10 burglary reports42 auto break-in or theft from a vehicle reports, and seven stolen vehicle reports to the Berkeley Police Department, according to CrimeMapping.comSeven robberies and 18 assaults, domestic violence incidents or batteries were reported. These numbers are subject to change. Click the previous links for the most current information.

Jan. 17, Thursday

Vandalism was reported in the 1700 block of Berkeley Way at 12:01 a.m. and in the 2400 block of Warring Street at 3 a.m.

Four reports of stolen items from vehicles were made: in the 600 block of Cedar Street at 10:50 a.m.; in the 2800 block of Stanton Street at 5:30 p.m.; in the 2400 block of Durant Avenue at 6:15 p.m.; and in the 2900 block of Shasta Road at 9 p.m.

A robbery was reported at Virginia and Sacramento streets at 6 p.m.

A thief broke into a business in the 1900 block of Addison Street at 10:15 p.m.

Jan. 18, Friday

A commercial burglary took place at 4:02 a.m. in the 2000 block of Durant Avenue.

Four auto burglaries were reported: at 9:30 a.m. in the 2800 block of Claremont Avenue; at 10 a.m. in the 300 block of Tanglewood Road; and at 3 p.m. in the 100 block of Spinnaker Way.

A residential burglary was reported at an unlisted address at 11:40 a.m. Another home burglary was reported at 10:31 p.m. in the 3000 block of Tremont Street.

A felony assault was reported at 3:53 p.m. at Roosevelt Avenue and Bancroft Way.

Jan. 19, Saturday

A thief stole a vehicle at 3 a.m. in the 2100 block of Channing Way. Another vehicle was reported stolen at Sixth and Delaware streets just after noon.

Police responded to a robbery at Delaware and 10th streets at 11:59 a.m.

Burglars struck two homes, one in the 1000 block of Sterling Avenue at 2:25 p.m., and one at 4 p.m. in the 2300 block of Oak Street.

Police responded to three thefts from vehicles and one auto burglary. The first theft took place in the 2000 block of Berkeley Way at 6 p.m. and the second was in the 1300 block of Peralta Avenue at 8 p.m. They were followed by the auto burglary, in the 2300 block of Warring Street, at 8:31 p.m. The other theft was reported at 10 p.m. in the 3100 block of Ellis Street.

A felony assault was reported in the 2000 block of San Pablo Avenue at 7 p.m.

There were 42 reports to the Berkeley Police Department from Jan. 17-23 involving thefts or burglaries from vehicles, according to CrimeMapping.com. Click the map for a detailed list.

There were 42 reports to the Berkeley Police Department from Jan. 17-23 involving thefts or burglaries from vehicles, according to CrimeMapping.com. Click the map for a detailed list.

Jan. 20, Sunday

A felony sexual assault was reported at 12:30 a.m. in the 2300 block of Piedmont Avenue, just south of campus.

Three vehicles were reported stolen: at 1 a.m. from the 1100 block of University Avenue; at 9 p.m. from the 2300 block of Seventh Street; and at 9:15 p.m. from the 2500 block of Hillegass Avenue.

An auto burglary was reported in the 1900 block of Woolsey Street at 4 p.m. A theft from a vehicle was reported in the 2200 block of Prince Street at 5 p.m., along with an auto burglary in the 1600 block of Francisco Street and a theft from a vehicle in the 2200 block of Roosevelt Avenue. Another theft took place at Regent Street and Dwight Way at 8 p.m., and another at Haste and Telegraph at 9 p.m.

A felony assault was reported at Eastshore Highway and Gilman Street at 4:21 p.m.

Police responded to a home burglary at an unlisted location at 6 p.m.

Jan. 21, Monday

A felony theft was reported at 4 a.m. in the 2300 block of Piedmont.

Police responded to a report of a commercial burglary in the 2500 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way at 4:30 a.m.

There were four auto burglaries reported, first at 11 a.m. in the 1300 block of San Pablo, then at 2 p.m. at Fifth and Harrison streets, then in the 1600 block of San Pablo at 3 p.m., and finally at 6 p.m. in the 900 block of Heinz Avenue.

There were also three robbery calls: in the 1900 block of Stuart Street at 6:20 p.m.; at Bancroft Way and Dana Street at 6:30 p.m.; and at Shattuck Avenue and Haste at 8 p.m.

Thirteen auto burglaries were reported to the Berkeley Police Department on Jan. 22.

Thirteen auto burglaries were reported to the Berkeley Police Department on Jan. 22.

Jan. 22, Tuesday

A rash of 13 auto burglaries were reported throughout the day: at 9 a.m. in the 900 block of Carleton Street; at 10 a.m. in the 2400 block of Durant Avenue; at 11 a.m. in the 900 block of Stonewall Road; at 11:30 a.m. in the 200 block of University Avenue; at noon at Lincoln Street and Shattuck; at 12:30 p.m. in the 3200 block of Sacramento Street; at 4 p.m. in the 2100 block of Ward Street; at 7 p.m. in the 2200 block of San Pablo; at 7:15 p.m. in the 900 block of Carleton; at 7:30 p.m. in the 2600 block of Ninth Street; at 9 p.m. in the 2600 block of Ridge Road; at 9:30 p.m. in the 2400 block of Durant Avenue; and at 11:30 p.m. in the 2500 block of Piedmont Avenue.

A burglar broke into a home just after midnight in the 1500 block of Henry Street.

A thief broke into a business in the 1400 block of Shattuck at 1:15 p.m.

A thief stole a vehicle from the 3300 block of California Street at 5 p.m.

A robbery was reported at 5:30 p.m. in the 1800 block of Catalina Avenue.

Someone reported seeing another person with a gun or weapon in the 2500 block of Parker Street at 10:40 p.m.

Jan. 23, Wednesday

There were eight more burglaries or thefts from vehicles. The first was reported at 2:15 a.m. in the 2900 block of Hillegass; then at 11 a.m. in the 2900 block of Regent Street; then at 5 p.m. at Fifth and Gilman streets. Incident reports followed at 6 p.m. in the 700 block of Contra Costa Avenue and in the 1900 block of Channing Way; at 8 p.m. in the 2400 block of Blake Street; at 10:10 p.m. in the 2000 block of Fourth Street; and at 11 p.m. in the 1700 block of Capistrano Avenue.

A robbery was reported at Fulton and Stuart streets at 2:27 p.m.

A vehicle was stolen in the 2100 block of Ward Street; it was reported at 7 p.m.

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

[Editor's Note: We have changed our schedule to try to align more closely with updates to CrimeMapping.com to ensure a more complete and useful round-up. As a result, two dates in this post also appeared last week; more calls later were made available by the police department so it made sense to us to revisit these dates. There seems to be a delay of at least several days for information posted to CrimeMapping.com. In addition, new calls for service are at times added to the system in an unpredictable manner. This weekly report offers a relatively detailed account of calls for service over the course of a week but does not reflect every call.]

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  • Guest

    Is it me or are we seeing an increased focus on crime on Berkeleyside? Has there been a recent increase in crime we should be aware of?
    Maybe it’s because all of the students are back (& unfortunately those new to town are easy targets)…

  • guest

    Berkeleyside has done a Police Blotter article every week for a long time now. It only seems like there is more crime coverage because the blotter articles have maps now instead of just text lists of where and what crimes happened.

  • bingo

    as guest said. the only difference (as noted) is the excellent link to actual data–it used to be a hand-picked selection of randomness from BPD. (they wouldn’t include shootings or other things in the news that week, for example–utterly pointless)

  • http://berkeleyside.com Tracey Taylor

    Guest: Berkeleyside is working to improve our crime coverage, on the assumption that public safety coverage is important to the community. We’re taking steps to get more timely and detailed information from local authorities. We haven’t dialed back on any other coverage as a result. Increased coverage is not an indication of a crime spike.

  • Devin

    Tuesday: A thief broke into a business in the 1400 block of Shattuck at 1:15 p.m.

    Whoah. Anyone know what that’s all about?

  • uta

    It would be helpful if you explained what the icons stand for. Also I wonder why the map does not include all of North Berkeley?

  • emraguso

    The map shows all the calls for service in Berkeley for the types of crimes included on the map. (There are other types of calls, such as larcenies or auto thefts (different map), that make it very difficult to see what’s happening where, so we chose to show the more serious types of incidents. If you click on the map you’ll see the full list of calls for all of Berkeley with icons and crime types.) The caption explains what each icon shows.

  • emraguso

    Our weekly police blotter, as noted by bingo, used to include primarily only the narratives that BPD and UCPD provided. Now that our staff has slightly expanded, we’re able to take a more proactive approach, and provide broader coverage using some of the other online resources that are available. We hope it’s helpful. We started this in late December. As time goes by it will likely become more clear to all of us what is normal and what is not. The annual police report on trends is coming in February so that too should hopefully provide some insight.