Crime

Berkeley crime: Cell phone robbery, fireworks, vandalism

Berkeley police blocked traffic at both ends of Allston during the fire investigation. Photo: Emilie Raguso

Berkeley police blocked traffic at both ends of Allston during a recent investigation. Photo: Emilie Raguso

The following items represent just a sampling of calls, and were selected by the Berkeley Police Department unless otherwise noted. Click to see past narratives from police, and Berkeleyside’s most recent compilation of calls for service.

Sunday, June 16, Robbery: The victim was walking at 7 p.m. near University Avenue and Bonar Street when someone approached from behind and forcibly “removed the victim’s cell phone from his grasp,” then fled. The robber was described as a black man in his 20s, 5 feet 11 inches tall and 200 pounds, wearing all black clothing. 

Monday, June 17, Home burglary: A thief went into a home in the 500 block of Arlington Avenue, possibly through an unlocked window, and stole cash. The incident took place between 9:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Tuesday, June 18, Vandalism: Someone threw a rock through the window of a business in the 2000 block of Bancroft Way shortly before 11:40 p.m.

Wednesday, June 19, Auto burglary: A thief broke into a locked vehicle in the 2400 block of Fulton Street and stole a backpack. The victim had locked the car the prior night and discovered the burglary at 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, June 20, Vandalism: Someone used spray paint to vandalize the windows of a building in the 1900 block of El Dorado Avenue, a resident reported at 10:20 a.m.

Friday, June 21, Stolen vehicle: A thief stole a red 1993 Honda Civic from the 2000 block of Prince Street. The victim had parked on the street the prior night, and discovered the theft at 7:30 a.m. The California Highway Patrol found the vehicle the next day in Oakland.

Saturday, June 22, Loud reports: Police responded to a report of what sounded like gunshots in the area of San Pablo Park, in the 2800 Block of Park Street, at 9:42 p.m. They checked the area and were able to identify the noise as fireworks.

The Berkeley Police Department includes this disclaimer: “Please note that these are Calls For Police Services (CFS) only and are subject to review and reclassification. Learn more about calls for service near specific locations with CrimeView Community and crimemapping.com.”

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  • ketchup fingers

    “The robber was described as a black man in his 20s, 5 feet 11 inches tall and 600 pounds, wearing all black clothing.” No WAY that guy “fled” anywhere if he’s 600lbs…

  • MarcusHart

    It was a typo. They meant to say 15 feet 11 inches.

  • Prench Pries

    600 pounds? Must be all that fried chicken.

  • 2ndGenBerkeleyan

    Computes to an 83.7 BMI!

    BMI Categories:

    Underweight = <18.5
    Normal weight = 18.5–24.9
    Overweight = 25–29.9
    Obesity = BMI of 30 or greate

  • 2ndGenBerkeleyan

    He needed a phone urgently to follow up on a help wanted listing for the New England Patriots to fill a gap on their offensive line.

  • MarcusHart

    It’s not obesity if it’s pure muscle. Dude is ripped:)

  • emraguso

    LOL. Thanks for the humor. Sorry for the typo! It’s been fixed.