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Berkeleyside Police Blotter: Crime in Berkeley, Feb. 13-19

Selected calls for service to the Berkeley Police, via CrimeMapping.com. (Scroll down for maps of burglaries, auto burglaries and auto thefts.) Click the map for the full list. See the map key here.

Selected calls for service to the Berkeley Police, via CrimeMapping.com. (Scroll down for maps of robberies, auto burglaries and auto thefts.) Click the map for the full list. See the map key here.

This is a partial list of recent crime in Berkeley, compiled by Berkeleyside, and based on reports to the Berkeley Police Department unless otherwise noted. See recent Berkeley crime coverage here.

The following items represent just a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate. From Feb. 13-19, there were four burglary reports27 auto break-in or theft from a vehicle reports, and seven stolen vehicle reports to the Berkeley Police Department, according to CrimeMapping.comSix robberies and 15 assaults, domestic violence incidents or batteries were reported. These numbers are subject to change. Click the previous links for the most current information.

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Thursday, Feb. 13

Someone reportedly brandished a weapon in the 2100 block of Cedar Street at 7:40 a.m.

A home burglary was reported at 8 a.m. in the 600 block of Vincente Avenue.

Two auto burglaries were reported, at 9 a.m. in the 2400 block of Channing Way, and at 8:30 p.m. in the 3200 block of Shattuck Avenue.

Two vehicles were reported stolen, at 12:39 p.m. at Shattuck Avenue and Francisco Street, and at 2 p.m. in the 900 block of Euclid Avenue.

A commercial burglary was reported at 11:30 p.m. in the 3200 block of College Avenue.

There were six robberies reported over this period, via CrimeMapping.com. The prior week there were four. Click the map for a list of calls.

There were six robberies reported over this period, via CrimeMapping.com. The prior week there were four. Click the map for a list of calls.

Friday, Feb. 14

Two robberies were reported, at 12:40 a.m. at Dana and Derby streets, and at 6 p.m. in the 2100 block of Durant Avenue. The University of California Police Department released a statement about the first incident, which they said took place at Dana and Carleton streets when a 25-year-old Cal student was approached from behind and robbed. Authorities said the woman was walking when a man walked up to her, displayed a firearm, demanded her property and grabbed her purse, which had been around her wrist. She suffered minor physical injuries on her wrist as a result of the incident, but did not require medical attention. The man ran away on foot and got into a dark grey four-door vehicle “that drove away.” Officers were unable to locate the robber, who was described as a black man in his late 20s or early 30s in a dark-colored cap, black hooded sweatshirt and black jeans. Police ask anyone with information to call the Berkeley Police Department at 510-981-5900.

Someone reportedly brandished a weapon at 9 a.m. in the 2700 block of Wallace Street.

Two thefts or burglaries from vehicles were reported, at noon in the 1400 block of Hopkins Street, and at 10:35 p.m. in the 2700 block of Ninth Street.

A commercial burglary was reported at 1:30 p.m. in the 2000 block of Addison Street.

A felony assault or battery was reported at 7:40 p.m. at Telegraph Avenue and Oregon Street.

Saturday, Feb. 15

Two vehicles were reported stolen, at 12:01 a.m. in the 2600 block of Haste Street, and at 2:30 a.m. in the 2400 block of Sacramento Street.

Three auto burglaries were reported: at 2 a.m. in the 2400 block of Ellsworth Street; at 4:30 p.m. in the 200 block of University Avenue; and at 6 p.m. in the 2900 block of Derby Street.

Two robberies were reported, at 7:06 p.m. at Rose Street and Bonita Avenue, and at 7:06 p.m. in the 1800 block of University Avenue.

There were 27 thefts or burglaries from vehicles reported in Berkeley over this period, via CrimeMapping.com. There were 21 reported the prior week. There were also seven vehicles stolen (shown in purple). Click the map for a list of incidents.

There were 27 thefts or burglaries from vehicles reported in Berkeley over this period, via CrimeMapping.com. There were 21 reported the prior week. There were also seven vehicles stolen (shown in purple). Click the map for a list of incidents.

Sunday, Feb. 16

Six thefts or burglaries from vehicles were reported: at 12:01 a.m. in the 1200 block of Haskell Street; at 2 a.m. in the 1200 block of Haskell; at 5 p.m. at Ellsworth and Ward streets; at 7 p.m. at Fourth Street and Bancroft Way; at 7:30 p.m. at Hearst and Euclid avenues; and at 8 p.m. in the 800 block of Delaware Street.

An arson was reported at 3 a.m. in the 2400 block of Prospect Street.

Two vehicles were reported stolen, at 12:30 p.m. at Hearst Avenue and Oxford Street.

Monday, Feb. 17

A felony sexual assault was reported at 1 a.m. in the 2100 block of Sixth Street.

A home burglary was reported at 12:45 p.m. in the 2800 block of Mabel Street.

Two auto burglaries were reported, at 3:30 p.m. in the 2200 block of San Pablo Avenue, and at 11:30 p.m. in the 1600 block of Harmon Street.

A felony assault or battery was reported at 6:54 p.m. at Kittredge and Fulton streets. Berkeleyside readers reported an extensive police response. Officer Jennifer Coats, Berkeley Police spokeswoman, said officers responded to the area for an “assist request” from UCPD. UCPD officers had witnessed a disturbance, and the involved parties were “being uncooperative with police,” said Coats. A victim reported being physically assaulted by several females after an argument. She told police she had been visiting a friend in the area when the incident occurred. She did not require medical attention at the time of the incident. Officers were unable to locate the other people involved in the incident, Coats said.

A robbery was reported at 9 p.m. at Channing Way and Ellsworth Street.

A breakdown of the most serious crimes reported by day of the week from Feb. 13-19. (Please note: The days of the week are not shown chronologically.) Image: CrimeMapping.com

A breakdown of the most serious crimes reported by day of the week from Feb. 13-19. (Please note: The days of the week are not shown chronologically.) Image: CrimeMapping.com

Tuesday, Feb. 18

Three auto burglaries were reported: at 8:30 a.m. in the 2100 block of University Avenue; at 4 p.m. in the 3200 block of Adeline Street; and at 8 p.m. in the 1800 block of Seventh Street.

At about 11 a.m., Berkeley Police officers were sent to do a welfare check in the 1300 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way in North Berkeley, which turned into a death investigation. Said police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats via email: Officers made entry into the home and discovered a man in his 70s who was not responsive. The Berkeley Fire Department responded, and pronounced the man dead. There were no apparent indications of foul play.

A robbery was reported at 6:28 p.m. in the 2200 block of Shattuck Avenue.

An auto burglary was reported at 8 p.m. in the 1800 block of Seventh Street.

A felony assault or battery was reported at 10 p.m. in the 1500 block of Russell Street.

University of California Police officers arrested a Cal student after they said he assaulted another student, made homophobic remarks and robbed him of his cell phone, according to a statement released by authorities. Police said the two teenagers were walking together near the Campbell Hall construction site at 11:50 p.m. when Joseph Donner, 19, “made homophobic statements to the victim and demanded his [the victim’s] cell phone. When they reached Campbell Hall the suspect ordered the victim to go into the construction area. When the victim refused the suspect began beating him. The suspect repeatedly punched, kicked and choked the victim,” then ran off. Police located Donner and arrested him at 12:36 a.m. Wednesday. The Oakland Tribune reported that the two men were roommates, but mis-reported the time the incident and arrest took place. According to the Alameda County sheriff’s department, Donner is no longer in custody, and is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday. He was arrested on suspicion of robbery, assault and a hate crime causing injury.

Wednesday, Feb. 19

Nine auto burglaries were reported: at 4:06 a.m. in the 1900 block of Milvia Street; at 5 p.m. at Fulton and Dwight; at 5 p.m. in the 2400 block of Durant Avenue; two separate incidents at 6 p.m. in the 2400 block of Durant; at 6 p.m. in the 2700 block of College Avenue; at 6:05 p.m. in the 100 block of Seawall Drive; at 6:50 p.m. in the 2400 block of Durant; and at 7 p.m. in the 1000 block of Jones Street.

A vehicle was reported stolen at 4 p.m. in the 1900 block of Dwight.

Police responded to a report of an unresponsive man inside a vehicle at Heinz Avenue and Ninth Street at 11:55 p.m. Officers who responded found a man who appeared dead due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police are conducting a death investigation, but it doesn’t appear there are any indications of foul play, said Officer Jennifer Coats, Berkeley Police spokeswoman, via email. The Alameda County coroner’s office identified the man as Samuel Van Cleave, 34, of Berkeley.

See the full list of Berkeley Police Department calls for service on CrimeMapping.com. See the list of calls to UC Police at Berkeley. 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: New calls for service are at times added to the CrimeMapping.com system in an unpredictable manner, and numbers for most types of calls are likely to increase in the days following this report. This post does not reflect every call.]

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  • bgal4

    Hey Emilie, I noticed a SRO violation was listed in this recent list, is that a new addition or have SRO violation always been included? SRO= party house, this information can be useful in nuisance complaint by neighbors if the party house fails to change behavior

  • EBGuy

    I’m curious as well. Does this mean an Exhibit A was posted (Notice of unruly gathering), or was this a Second Response that resulted in Exhibit B (fines).

  • emraguso

    Where is that listed? Sorry for being dense — it’s not ringing a bell but curious to know more.

  • bgal4

    I would think it would be Exhibit B fines. I saw it in the PDF files, I was looking up an assault in our hood.
    Crime report for 2/13/2014 – 2/19/2014
    2ND RESPONSE14009548 2500 BLOCK ETNA ST Berkeley Police 2/15/2014 11:50 PM

  • emraguso

    I don’t look at the PDFs because there’s no way to sort them but I’ve seen 2nd response listed before — e.g. http://bit.ly/Ow6sh5

    (Click the “description” header to sort to see all the “second response” incidents in a row.)

  • bgal4

    thanks, yeah I occasionally look at the pdfs and sort by incident description since I am primarily interest in local assaults. Looks like the cops have been citing plenty of second responses, I wonder if the city is collecting the fines and UC student conduct office is doing the necessary following up. It would be interesting to know if any real improvements have been instituted to discourage party hosts after the outrageous problems in in the fall.

  • Tony C

    It is OUTRAGEOUS how much crime there is. What the hell is the matter with our elected officials??

    DO SOMETHING.

  • Em Segmen

    Monday’s are assault days. Apparently that’s the day when people realize things aren’t working out. I appreciate, Emilie, that you included crime by day as well as by location. Better than a horoscope to know what to watch out for by place and by time. Thanks!

  • EBGuy

    To clarify, total PERS contributions in 2015 will be $42.8 million, which is more than one quarter of the citiy budget. Of that total amount, $7.3 million is the city picking up the EMPLOYEE contribution on behalf of non public safety city workers. I would like to see this modest sum instead used to — imagine this — hire MORE city workers to take care of our parks (instead of laying them off) and staff a newly opened Willard Pool. I am willing to pay for GO bonds to finance improvements to the city’s infrastructure. I am not willing to get on board a Mello Roos CFD boondoggle. On that point, a CFD for the Parks and Rec bond has a deadline of mid May to make it on the November ballet.

  • EBGuy

    LM, I looked at a lot of the paper trail on the supposed “nuisance min-dorm” at 2133 Parker. I certainly understand why folks are up in arms, but I’m equally outraged that (from what I can see) there was never an Exhibit B posted for that site. And that is probably why the city will lose the lawsuit. It also got me wondering how often (if ever) Exhibit Bs get used (and fines get collected).

  • John Freeman

    Of that total amount, $7.3 million is the city picking up the EMPLOYEE
    contribution on behalf of non public safety city workers. I would like
    to see this modest sum instead used to — imagine this — hire MORE city
    workers to take care of our parks

    That’s confused. What you are saying makes no sense. I’ll explain why and then explain what you could say instead that would make some sense.

    The $7.3 million, the employee contribution, is just wages. It is not some amount that the city pays over and above wages. It is wages.

    It is called an “employer pickup” because the city gives that portion of the wages directly to CalPERS. Why? Because there is a tax rule — a loophole that let’s employees defer income taxes on those wages if the city writes the check to directly to CalPERS. Why is there that tax loophole, that costs the city nothing to exercise? To help government’s compete with the private sector for employees. An employer who could not access that tax loophole would have to pay higher wages to offer the same level of retirement benefits.

    For the city to take that $7.3 million and redirect it to new hires would be, very simply, for the city to give all those covered employees a pay cut — something that contracts prevent. If you just wanted to give employees a pay cut, you would still not want to eliminate the employer pickup. In other words, it is better for employees if you cut their take-home pay. Eliminating the employer pickup is a tax-inefficient way for the city to implement a paycut. It would be dumb for the city and even worse for the employees than a regular pay cut from take-home wages.

    So your proposal is basically: Let’s cut staff wages for covered employees by $7.3 million dollars and then, having done that, set out to hire more staff!

    Good luck with that.

    I think what you probably really want in the long term is to accelerate something that is already happening: changing the ratio of the employer contribution to the employee contribution. In the long run, that theoretically can reduce the city’s liabilities.

    In the short-run though, it doesn’t produce magic windfalls to hire more Parks and Rec staff.

    Short version: there are no easy answers here. Multiple, huge government agencies are arguably bankrupt here and what’s going on is the state and localities are trying to play that out as slowly as possible while hoping fixes come along.

  • EBGuy

    Amazing enough, public safety personnel actually pay the 8% Employee Contribution, so why shouldn’t other city workers also contribute to PERS. I know, FICA is for suckers….

  • bgal4

    Agreed. The entire approach to nuisance parties is inadequate, I have asked for specific details such as fines collected over the years and never received an answer.