This is an overview of recent crime in Berkeley, exclusively compiled by Berkeleyside, and based on reports to the Berkeley Police Department unless otherwise noted. The following items represent a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate.
From Dec. 11-17, there were reports of seven burglaries, 25 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles, nine stolen vehicles and 10 disturbances, according to CrimeMapping.com. Three robberies, eight assaults or batteries, two weapon-related calls and two sexual assaults were reported. Significant incidents from the University of California Police Department (UCPD) included two robberies, a vehicle theft and a weapon-involved call. These numbers are subject to change. Click the links above for the latest numbers.
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Thursday, Dec. 11
Three vehicles were stolen: at 9:30 a.m. in the 900 block of Parker Street; at 4:30 p.m. in the 2100 block of Spaulding Avenue; and at 11 p.m. at University Avenue and Fourth Street.
Shortly before 11 a.m., the station agent at Ashby BART reported a female who was removing her clothing. A BART Police officer responded and determined that the female was too intoxicated to care for herself, so she was booked into the Santa Rita Jail on suspicion of public intoxication.
Friday, Dec. 12
There were two misdemeanor sexual assaults, at 1 a.m. in the 2100 block of Kittredge Street, and at 12:30 p.m. in the 2000 block of Oregon Street.
There were two home burglaries, at 2 a.m. in the 1600 block of Milvia Street, and at 2 p.m. in the 1100 block of Carleton Street.
There was a call involving a gun or other weapon at 2:30 a.m. in the 100 block of Seawall Drive.
A vehicle was stolen at 9:30 a.m. in the 1000 block of Addison Street.
There was a robbery at 6:07 p.m. in the 2300 block of Shattuck Avenue.
UCPD officers arrested 55-year-old Gregory Pilling on suspicion of carrying a concealed dirk or dagger at 10:40 p.m. after an incident about an hour earlier on Sproul Plaza.
Saturday, Dec. 13
There was a call involving a gun or other weapon at 12:37 a.m. at Oxford and Virginia streets.
There was a home burglary at 6:28 a.m. in the 2600 block of Telegraph Avenue.
There were two disturbance calls, at 1 p.m. in the 1000 block of Mariposa Avenue, and at 5 p.m. in the 2300 block of Vine Street.
Sunday, Dec. 14
There was a home burglary at 4:58 a.m. in the 400 block of Arlington Avenue.
There was an arson call at 5:48 a.m. at Second and Page streets.
A blue SE Tripel Hybrid bike was stolen from the bike racks at Ashby BART between 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday, according to the BART Police.
There were three disturbance calls: at 10:10 a.m. at University and 10th Street; at 11:29 a.m. in the 800 block of University; and at 9:24 p.m. in the 1600 block of Oxford. Regarding the second incident, a suspicious man who went into a West Berkeley yoga studio, asked about classes, then elbowed a police officer in the face who tried to detain him, was arrested. Read more on Berkeleyside.
There was a felony assault or battery at 9:59 p.m. in the 900 block of Bancroft Way.
Monday, Dec. 15
There were two disturbance calls, at 1:35 p.m. in the 1500 block of Harmon Street, and at 1:45 p.m. in the 1200 block of Milvia Street.
UCPD received a report of one cellphone robbery and three cellphone thefts on campus that took place within about 20 minutes of each other. Police made one arrest, of a 17-year-old boy seen running from the last incident, but said they do not know if he was involved in the prior crimes. At 6:23 p.m., a male was walking near the West Crescent when three male juveniles robbed him of his cellphone; all of them wore hooded sweatshirts and fled toward Center Street and Oxford Way. At 6:36 p.m., a female student was walking through Sproul Plaza talking on her phone when a male snatched the phone out of her hand and left the area. At 6:40 p.m., a female student was walking on the Grinnell Pathway when a young man who approached from behind, grabbed her phone and ran off. Finally, at 6:42 p.m., a female student was by the Moffitt Library Café texting on her phone when a male approached her and grabbed it, then fled westbound toward the Eucalyptus Grove. The victim chased after him. Responding UCPD officers saw the chase and intervened, and were able to arrest the suspect. The 17-year-old’s name was not released due to privacy laws protecting minors. Police ask anyone with information about these incidents to call UCPD at 510-642-6760. (This narrative first appeared in last week’s crime blotter for timeliness.)
Tuesday, Dec. 16
There was a home burglary at 8:15 a.m. in the 900 block of Ensenada Avenue.
There was a disturbance at 11:21 a.m. in the 900 block of University.
Two vehicles were stolen, at 2 p.m. in the 1700 block of Stuart Street, and at 5 p.m. at Fifth and Page streets.
An $800 women’s 20-speed Masi Café Racer bike was stolen from the bike racks at the North Berkeley BART station between 5:45 a.m. and 7:10 p.m., according to the BART Police.
Wednesday, Dec. 17
There were two robberies, at 12:20 a.m. at Parker and Ellsworth streets, and at 4:13 p.m. in the 2100 block of Shattuck Avenue. UCPD released a statement about the incident at Parker and Ellsworth, which was an armed robbery. A 19-year-old man was walking when he heard footsteps behind him. Two people approached him. Police said one person with a gun demanded the man’s property, and the duo then stole his backpack, cellphone and other items. They fled east on Parker and police were unable to find them. According to police, both wore black beanie hats. One, in dark jeans, was described as a Hispanic man in his late teens to early 20s, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and 165 pounds. The other, whose race was unknown, had on dark clothing; no further description was provided. (This description first appeared in last week’s crime blotter for timeliness.)
There was a felony assault or battery at 1:42 a.m. in the 2100 block of Shattuck.
There were two home burglaries, at 7:15 a.m. in the 1500 block of Sacramento Street, and at noon in the 1600 block of University.
Three vehicles were stolen: at 7:30 a.m. at Virginia Street and McGee Avenue; at 10 a.m. in the 1500 block of Eastshore Highway; and at 7:05 p.m. in the 2300 block of San Pablo Avenue. UCPD also reported that a vehicle was stolen at 5:17 p.m. from the Bowles parking lot.
There were two disturbance calls, at 11:54 a.m. in the 2500 block of Telegraph Avenue, and at 10:12 p.m. in the 2800 block of Adeline Street.
See the Berkeley Police Department’s crime reports 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. The Berkeley Police Department also posts “calls for service” spreadsheets — containing more data — online for those who would like to see more. New reports may be added to CrimeMapping in an unpredictable manner, so numbers may increase in the days after this report. This post does not reflect every call. See recent Berkeley crime blotters here.
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