Berkeleyside Blotter: Crime in Berkeley, May 22-28

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 May 22-28, there were 18 burglary reports28 auto break-in or theft from a vehicle reports, and 10 stolen vehicle reports to the Berkeley Police Department, according to CrimeMapping.comTwo robberies and 10 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, May 22


The University of California Police Department responded to a report of a weapon at People’s Park just after 10 a.m.

A vehicle was reported stolen at noon in the 1300 block of California Street.

A home burglary was reported at 2 p.m. in the 2400 block of Fulton Street.

Someone reportedly brandished a weapon at 6:50 p.m. in the 3200 block of King Street.

There were 18 burglaries reported over this period, via CrimeMapping.com. The prior week there were 22. Click the map for a list of calls.
There were 18 burglaries reported over this period, via CrimeMapping.com. The prior week there were 22. Click the map for a list of calls.

Friday, May 23


Five home burglaries were reported: at 8 a.m. in the 3000 block of Deakin Street; at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the 2200 block of Carleton Street; and at 12:30 p.m. in the 1900 block of Curtis Street.

At least one Berkeleyside reader asked what a Berkeley Police officer with a rifle was doing at 10th and Cedar streets at 10:30 a.m. Berkeley Police Sgt. Jennifer Louis said officers were searching for a suspect and lost property that were associated with an outside agency’s felony case. The property was located, but not the suspect.

Two vehicles were reported stolen, at 5 p.m. in the 1200 block of Channing Way, and at 8:30 p.m. at Oxford and Eunice streets.

A robbery was reported at 6:20 p.m. at Ellsworth Street and Bancroft Way.

Someone reportedly brandished a weapon at 6:30 p.m. in the 1800 block of Dwight Way.


A cyclist needed medical treatment after running into a bus at 9:05 p.m. at Ashby Avenue and Adeline Street, according to AC Transit spokesman Clarence Johnson. The man received a cut on the head and was taken by ambulance for medical care at Highland Hospital in Oakland. Johnson said the cyclist — who is expected to recover fully — admitted to authorities that he had been drinking at a bar and ran a stop sign before striking the bus. The bus operator was placed on administrative leave during the investigation.

Saturday, May 24

A home burglary was reported at 10 a.m. in the 1700 block of Fairview Street.

Two commercial burglaries were reported, at 11 a.m. in the 600 block of Page Street, and at 12:30 p.m. in the 2400 block of McKinley Avenue.

There were 28 thefts or burglaries from vehicles reported in Berkeley over this period, via CrimeMapping.com. There were 27 reported the prior week. There were also 10 vehicles stolen (shown in purple). Click the map for a list of incidents.
There were 28 thefts or burglaries from vehicles reported in Berkeley over this period, via CrimeMapping.com. There were 27 reported the prior week. There were also 10 vehicles stolen (shown in purple). Click the map for a list of incidents.

Sunday, May 25

The University of California Police Department responded to a report of an assault in People’s Park just after 7 a.m.

Four home burglaries were reported: at 11:20 a.m. and 6:45 p.m. in the 2000 block of Stuart Street; at 8 p.m. in the 2800 block of Ellsworth Street; and at 11:15 p.m. in the 2100 block of Russell Street.

Authorities responding to a fire alarm at 1:15 p.m. in the 1500 block of Ward Street found smoke coming out of a third-floor window, said Deputy Berkeley Fire Chief Avery Webb. Firefighters had to force entry into an apartment, where they found food burned on the stove. The resident was not at home during the incident but returned while authorities were still on scene. Firefighters cleared the smoke from the apartment and turned the unit back over to the resident.

A vehicle was reported stolen at 11 p.m. in the 1600 block of Woolsey Street.

Monday, May 26

Two felony assaults or batteries were reported, at 8:20 p.m. in the 2200 block of Shattuck Avenue, and at 11:55 p.m. in the 2000 block of University Avenue.

A home burglary was reported at 10:39 p.m. in the 2700 block of Dwight Way.

A breakdown of the most serious crimes reported by day of the week from May 22-28. (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 May 22-28. (Please note: The days of the week are not shown chronologically.) Image: CrimeMapping.com

Tuesday, May 27

Six vehicles were reported stolen: at 7:30 a.m. in the 2100 block of Carleton Street; at 2 p.m. at 62nd and California streets; at 6 p.m. at Milvia Street and Berkeley Way; at 8:30 p.m. in the 3100 block of Eton Avenue; at 10:30 p.m. in the 2200 block of Channing Way; and at 11 p.m. in the 2000 block of Woolsey Street.

A home burglary was reported at 8 a.m. in the 2900 block of Wheeler Street.

The University of California Police Department received a report of some type of sex crime at 9:59 a.m. at University Village in Albany.

Two commercial burglaries were reported, at 5 p.m. in the 2300 block of Durant Avenue, and at 7:40 p.m. in the 1900 block of Bonita Avenue.

A small rooftop fire in West Berkeley on Tuesday night sent one man to a San Francisco burn center for treatment, authorities said. Police later said they believe the fire was caused by a hashish production operation. (Berkeleyside had the scoop.)

Wednesday, May 28

A robbery was reported at 5:50 p.m. at Ward and California streets.

A commercial burglary was reported at 10 p.m. in the 1800 block of Shattuck Avenue.

Other recent incidents

On May 16, at approximately 6:25 p.m., authorities responded to the 1700 block of Berkeley Way for a reported fire coming from an apartment building. According to Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats, a man started “aggressively yelling” at firefighters who were trying to determine the cause of the fire. They asked the man to leave, but he refused to comply, Coats said. A Berkeley Police officer then also asked the man to leave, but he “turned on the officer in an aggressive manner, appearing to want to fight.” The officer was able to direct the man to the sidewalk, and noted symptoms of some type of impairment. Officers tried to calm the man down, and called for back-up. When the officer tried to detain the man, he fled on foot. He was arrested, on suspicion of public intoxication and resisting arrest, after a short chase, said Coats. The man was identified as Nathan Duffy, 39, 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, 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. 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.

Related:
Berkeley parking enforcement vehicle catches fire (05.30.14)
East Bay at high risk of wildfires: Preventive measures key (05.30.14)
Police: West Berkeley fire caused by hashish operation (05.28.14)
Berkeleyside Blotter: Crime in Berkeley, May 15-21 (05.27.14)
Breaking: Man injured in Berkeley fire on Gilman Street (05.27.14)

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