Berkeleyside Blotter: Crime in Berkeley, April 3-9

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 burglaries, 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 April 3-9, there were 11 burglary reports21 auto break-in or theft from a vehicle reports, and eight stolen vehicle reports to the Berkeley Police Department, according to CrimeMapping.comThree robberies and 11 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, April 3


Five thefts or burglaries from vehicles were reported: at 12:30 a.m. in the 2700 block of Stuart Street; at 8 a.m. in the 1200 block of Haskell Street; at 3:03 p.m. in the 2400 block of Durant Avenue; at 4 p.m. in the 100 block of Seawall Drive; and at 10:45 p.m. in the 2200 block of Parker Street.

A robbery was reported at 2:30 a.m. at Shattuck Avenue and Kittredge Street.

Three vehicle thefts were reported: at 5 a.m. in the 900 block of Creston Road; at 3:15 p.m. in the 900 block of Heinz Avenue; at 7 p.m. in the 2600 block of Fulton Street.

A commercial burglary was reported at 9:35 p.m. in the 3100 block of College Avenue.

There were 11 burglaries reported over this period, via CrimeMapping.com. The prior week there were 14. Click the map for a list of calls.
There were 11 burglaries reported over this period, via CrimeMapping.com. The prior week there were 14. Click the map for a list of calls.

Friday, April 4


Four auto burglaries were reported: at midnight in the 2400 block of Sacramento Street; at 8:50 a.m. in the 800 block of University Avenue; at 9:40 p.m. in the 2100 block of Kittredge Street; and at 8 p.m. in the 2000 block of Allston Way.

Two vehicles were reported stolen, at 12:01 a.m. at Ellsworth and Parker streets, and at 5 p.m. in the 1000 block of Gilman Street.

A home burglary was reported at 9:30 a.m. in the 2700 block of Fulton Street.

A 98-year-old man was struck by a car just after 12:20 p.m. while crossing the intersection of Bancroft Way and Sacramento Street. He later died of his injuries.

An arson was reported at 4:23 p.m. in the 900 block of Ashby Avenue.


A commercial burglary was reported at 5:30 p.m. in the 2900 block of Telegraph Avenue.

Saturday, April 5

Police received a call regarding loud reports just after 1:15 a.m. near the 2100 block of Ashby Avenue, as well as the 600 block of 62nd Street. Callers said they heard three to six shots, as well as the sound of a vehicle driving away at a high rate of speed. Officers immediately searched the area, but did not locate anything, according to police.

A felony sexual assault was reported at 3:30 a.m. in the 2700 block of Channing Way.

Two home burglaries were reported, at 3 p.m. in the 2800 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way, and at 4:45 p.m. in the 1700 block of Alcatraz Avenue.

Three auto burglaries were reported: at 6 p.m. in the 2400 block of Durant Avenue; at 8 p.m. in the 2400 block of Durant; and at 8:38 p.m. in the 600 block of Arlington Avenue.

A vehicle was reported stolen at 6 p.m. at Hillegass and Ashby avenues.

There were 20 thefts or burglaries from vehicles reported in Berkeley over this period, via CrimeMapping.com. There were 23 reported the prior week. There were also eight vehicles stolen (shown in purple). Click the map for a list of incidents.
There were 21 thefts or burglaries from vehicles reported in Berkeley over this period, via CrimeMapping.com. There were 23 reported the prior week. There were also eight vehicles stolen (shown in purple). Click the map for a list of incidents.

Sunday, April 6

There was a house fire in the 900 block of Page Street. Via the Berkeley Fire Department, the call came in at 7:55 a.m. and was initially reported to be a carbon monoxide alarm sounding. A single engine company was dispatched to investigate the alarm. The engine arrived and found smoke showing, with flames visible through a window. The incident was upgraded to a single-alarm assignment. A fire had occurred in a bedroom of the residence. The occupants had gotten out of the residence safely. The fire was quickly controlled, with most of the fire damage confined to the bedroom. Heat damage extended a little beyond the room. Smoke damage was throughout the residence. No injuries were reported. Property and content damage was estimated at $150,000, said Deputy Fire Chief Avery Webb. The residents declined an offer of relocation assistance. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Two auto burglaries were reported, at 1:50 p.m. in the 1800 block of Fourth Street, and at 6 p.m. in the 2900 block of Deakin Street.

Local resident Paul Rauber asked on Twitter whether anyone else saw “what looked like a drone circling Berkeley … around 5:30 p.m.? Very distinctive, not a model.” Some Berkeleyside readers answered on Facebook and on Twitter.

A home burglary was reported at 9:29 p.m. in the 1800 block of Walnut Street.

The Berkeley Police Department received numerous calls of shots heard near the 1900 block of Alcatraz Avenue, near Adeline Street, around 10:50 pm. Officers searched the vicinity, but did not locate anything. According to the Oakland Police Department, its ShotSpotter system identified the location as inside the city of Oakland, near 59th and Racine streets. According to Oakland Police Lt. Chris Bolton, police received reports of five shots heard but no injuries were reported. Police arrived to 59th and Racine within two minutes, but did not locate anyone.

Monday, April 7

Four auto burglaries were reported: at 2:30 a.m. in the 1900 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way; at 12:46 p.m. in the 1100 block of Shattuck Avenue; at 5 p.m. in the 2100 block of Dwight Way; at 7 p.m. at Hearst and Euclid avenues; and at 9:04 p.m. in the 1900 block of Dwight.

Two home burglaries were reported, at 3 a.m. in the 2800 block of Channing Way, and at 8:30 p.m. in the 1500 block of Hearst Avenue.

Two vehicles were reported stolen, at 7:15 a.m. in the 2800 block of Ninth Street, and at 9:20 a.m. in the 2400 block of Channing.

Two robberies were reported, at 8 a.m. in the 1400 block of Shattuck Avenue, and at 10:29 a.m. at Addison Street and Bolivar Drive. In the second incident, police arrested a 41-year-old man after he struggled with a Berkeley Police officer, tried to take his gun and jumped into the lagoon at Aquatic Park when the officer tried to detain him, authorities said. After the attack, the Berkeley Police Association president renewed the call about the need for Berkeley officers to carry Tasers for the safety of both officers and suspects.

Police arrested Markeith Hassan Mason on a warrant for robbery in connection with the March 5 robbery of a woman in West Berkeley. Police identified Mason as one of three males involved in the robbery. Police arrested one of the other men identified as a suspect, Damon Dixon, March 27. Learn more about the incident here on Berkeleyside. The third man has not been charged, according to the Alameda County court records online.

At 12:02 p.m., officers responded to Berryman and Henry streets on a report of a bicyclist who fell off his bicycle. The man was identified only as a male cyclist who appeared to be 60 or older. The Berkeley Fire Department took the man to a local hospital to be treated for moderate injuries, according to the Berkeley Police Department. No further information was available.

A commercial burglary was reported at 9 p.m. in the 1500 block of Hopkins Street.

A breakdown of the most serious crimes reported by day of the week from April 3-9. (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 April 3-9. (Please note: The days of the week are not shown chronologically.) Image: CrimeMapping.com

Tuesday, April 8

An auto burglary was reported at 11:30 a.m. in the 2200 block of Blake Street.

The University of California Police Department reported some type of sex crime at 11:44 a.m. on the hillside pathway east of the Clark Kerr Campus.

A commercial burglaries was reported at 1:40 p.m. in the 1500 block of Shattuck.

A felony assault or battery was reported at 1:40 p.m. in the 1700 block of Rose Street.

Police arrested 55-year-old Robert Lee Ford Jr. on suspicion of indecent exposure, trespassing and other violations at 5:17 p.m. in the 2100 block of Eighth Street after receiving a report of a disturbance. Ford remains in custody.

A home burglary was reported at 10 p.m. in the 1800 block of Delaware Street.

Wednesday, April 9

An auto burglary was reported at 4 p.m. at Fifth Street and Hearst Avenue.

Police arrested 33-year-old Christopher Hunt on suspicion of indecent exposure and soliciting a lewd act at 8:25 p.m. in the 2000 block of San Pablo Avenue. He remains in custody with a bail of $15,000, and is scheduled to enter a plea after arraignment April 15.

Recent UCPD advisories

Friday, April 11, the University of California Police Department at Berkeley reported a sexual assault at Dwinelle Hall just before 3:20 p.m. A 21-year-old student was walking across Dwinelle Plaza when a man who appeared “unkempt” made eye contact with her and began to follow her. Police said the woman became scared and ran to a stairwell. As she walked, she told police “she felt a hand reach under her skirt and touch her inappropriately.” She screamed and the man fled. Police were unable to find him. The man was described as black, approximately 31 years old, and 5 foot 7 with a heavy build. He wore his black hair in braids, and a gray shirt and baggy pants. UC Police can be reached by calling 510-642-3333 or 911, or by activating a “Blue Light” emergency phone. Police ask anyone with information about this incident to call 510-642-6760.

Monday, the University of California Police Department at Berkeley reported a series of auto burglaries via window smash over the weekend in the lower Hearst parking structure, on Stadium Rim Way and near the Clark Kerr Campus. No additional information was released. Police advise against leaving anything in view in the car, and urge motorists to lock their vehicles and park in well-lit, well-traveled areas among other tips. See more tips here.

See the full list of Berkeley Police Department calls for service on CrimeMapping.com. See the list of calls to UC Police at Berkeley, which are also posted on CrimeMapping. 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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