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Catalytic converter thefts on rise in Berkeley, nationwide

Last November Rachel Anderson started up her car outside her home on Arlington Avenue only to find that it had turned into a Harley Davidson. “It made a noise that’s pretty darn memorable,” she says. The catalytic converter from her 1998 Toyota Tacoma truck had been stolen. “It cost me $801 to replace,” she says. “The only upside was the thieves unbolted it instead of sawing it off so only the catalytic converter needed to be replaced.”

Crime log: Robbery arrests, gunfire in South Berkeley, stolen rental car found by CHP, National Night Out, more

Note: The crime data typically published by the Berkeley Police Department has not been fully updated since early June due to technical problems. Berkeleyside has requested a fix, and an estimated date for that fix. The items that appear below have primarily been gleaned from reader tips, arrest records, calls for service reports and reports to other law enforcement agencies. Share photos, videos and tips by emailing Don’t assume someone else will alert us. We rely on readers to help us stay informed.

Berkeley crime log: Sex offender arrested after stalking, homeless man charged in baseball bat assault, more

In this week's blotter: BPD arrested a man and woman after two robberies, a sex offender who was out of compliance has been charged after a stalking report, a homeless man is facing a judge after an assault in West Berkeley with a baseball bat, and UCPD arrested two men during bike theft attempts. The BART Police reported a catalytic converter theft in North Berkeley. See what happened in your neighborhood.

Berkeleyside blotter: Crime in Berkeley, Feb. 18-24

An update on the cyclist who was hit in Berkeley in February and nearly died, BART arrests 2 on suspicion of catalytic converter thefts, man arrested after robbery and false imprisonment, and more in this week's crime blotter.

The Berkeley Wire: 03.02.16

BART police, station agent team up to catch suspected catalytic converter thieves (BART)
After undefeated February, Cal seeks Pac-12 title in March (SF Chronicle)
Council approves renovations to Ohlone dog park amid neighbors’ concerns (Daily Cal)
Black Oak Bookstore reaches final chapter (Daily Cal)
Dance culture thrives in busy month at UC Berkeley (SF Chronicle)
Cal, Stanford sexual abuse survivors flank Lady Gaga at Oscars (NBC)

Berkeleyside blotter: Crime in Berkeley, Feb. 11-17

Gunfire on San Pablo and shooting on Parker, possible druggings at Cal fraternities, jogger randomly assaulted by teen with baseball bat, driver in stolen car hits vehicles and runs, arson investigation on Woolsey, teen girl robbed at knifepoint on campus, possible sexual assault series, homeless man arrested after rape, and more in this week's crime blotter.

Berkeleyside blotter: Crime in Berkeley, Dec. 3-9

Stabbing at Old City Hall camp, thieves strike Apple store, several firearms arrests, downtown bank robbery, and an officer is recovering after being grazed by a bullet aimed at a pit bull that attacked her during a search warrant operation, all in this week's crime blotter.

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