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Berkeleyside blotter: Crime in Berkeley, Aug. 13-19

Selected calls to the Berkeley Police, via CrimeMapping.com. Scroll down for detailed maps. Click the map above for the list. See the map key here.
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This overview of recent crime in Berkeley is based on reports to the Berkeley Police unless otherwise noted. Please share photos, videos and tips, about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at crime@berkeleyside.com or on Facebook or Twitter; let us know if you prefer to be anonymous. Don’t assume someone else will alert us — you may be the only one to get in touch. We very much want to know about issues of neighborhood concern and rely on our readers to help us stay informed.

From Aug. 13-19, there were reports of three robberies20 burglaries13 assaults or batteries, one weapon-involved call and three sexual assaults, according to CrimeMapping.com. There were also 13 stolen vehicles16 disturbances and 26 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. A burglary was reported by the University of California Police Department (UCPD). These numbers are subject to change. Click the links for the latest numbers. The following items represent a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate; incidents that took place during a range of time are listed by the beginning of that time period.

Thursday, Aug. 13

Five vehicles were stolen: at midnight in the 2500 block of Ellsworth Street; at 3 p.m. in the 2400 block of Stuart Street and also at Ninth and Harrison streets; at 5 p.m. in the 2700 block of Ridge Road; and at 11:30 p.m. in the 1300 block of Sixth Street.

There were four disturbances: at 1:21 a.m. in the 1300 block of Hearst Street; at 6:15 a.m. at Grant Street and University Avenue; at 10:20 a.m. in the 1700 block of 62nd Street; and at 6 p.m. in the 2400 block of Telegraph Avenue.

There were two felony assaults or batteries, at 2 a.m. at Channing Way and Telegraph, and at 2:45 p.m. at Alcatraz Avenue and Dover Street.

There were three home burglaries: at 9 a.m. in the 1700 block of Blake Street; at 10:10 a.m. in the 1200 block of Ordway Street; and at noon in the 1000 block of Spruce Street.

Police arrested 42-year-old Rodney Collins on suspicion of various violations including felony drug possession. He remains in custody at Santa Rita Jail with a bail of $200,000, and is scheduled for further pretrial Sept. 3.
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Op-ed: It should be possible to give police the tools they need while preserving Berkeley’s values

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Late last month, Berkeley police officers responded to an armed and highly dangerous individual in South Berkeley who robbed a laundromat and later attacked an older resident near Sacramento Street. This was a high-stakes operation involving a violent and heartless criminal. While the investigation is ongoing, we’re grateful that no neighbors were hurt in the course of the crime.

Unfortunately, despite following city protocol and being transparent with the media and public, Berkeley police officers were still subjected to armchair political commentary simply … Continue reading »

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Police: Man groped kids at Strawberry Canyon Pool

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The University of California Police Department is looking for a man reported to have groped several children while they were swimming in Strawberry Canyon Pool on Thursday.

According to a UCPD notice released Friday at about 10:50 a.m., the reports came in Thursday at about 5:45 p.m.

Police say the man “swam up to each victim, grabbed their leg and/or buttocks then swam away. It is possible that there are additional victims.”

Police said the man grabbed several girls, ages 9 to 13, while they were swimming.  … Continue reading »

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Berkeley police arrest 3 teens with loaded gun

Berkeley police cruiser (file photo). Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Police arrested three teenagers with a loaded handgun earlier this week after receiving a report about a suspicious vehicle in West Berkeley.

Monday at 7:15 p.m., said Officer Byron White, a Berkeley Police spokesman, the department got an anonymous tip about a vehicle described as suspicious that was parked on Seventh Street near Channing Way.

According to the unknown caller, the people inside the suspicious vehicle were talking about ‘quantities and cost,'” said White in an email. 

Police responded to the scene and detained four people in the vehicle. During the detention, officers found a loaded handgun and “some burglary tools,” said White. The handgun was confiscated as evidence. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside blotter: Crime in Berkeley, Aug. 6-12

Selected calls to the Berkeley Police, via CrimeMapping.com. Scroll down for detailed maps. Click the map above for the list. See the map key here.
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This overview of recent crime in Berkeley is based on reports to the Berkeley Police unless otherwise noted. Please share photos, videos and tips, about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at crime@berkeleyside.com or on Facebook or Twitter; let us know if you prefer to be anonymous. Don’t assume someone else will alert us — you may be the only one to get in touch. We very much want to know about issues of neighborhood concern and rely on our readers to help us stay informed.

From Aug. 6-12, there were reports of six robberies23 burglaries11 assaults or batteries, one weapon-involved call and one sexual assault, according to CrimeMapping.com. There were also 17 stolen vehicles10 disturbances and 35 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. A burglary, a sexual assault and two robberies were reported by the University of California Police Department (UCPD). These numbers are subject to change. Click the links for the latest numbers. The following items represent a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate; incidents that took place during a range of time are listed by the beginning of that time period.

Thursday, Aug. 6

From the BART Police: A man reported the theft of his black-and-gold Specialized Crossroads 24-speed bike, valued at $800, while it was secured to the south “free area” bike racks at the North Berkeley BART station with a Kryptonite lock. The theft took place between 11 a.m. Wednesday and 12:30 a.m. Thursday.

There were six home burglaries: at 12:01 a.m. in the 2400 block of Piedmont Avenue; at 4:30 a.m. in the 2200 block of Carleton Street; at 4 p.m. in the 2900 block of Dwight Way; at 5 p.m. in the 3200 block of Idaho Street; at 9 p.m. in the 1900 block of Haste Street; and at 11 p.m. in the 1600 block of Woolsey Street.

There were six vehicles stolen: at noon in the 2100 block of Curtis Street; at 4 p.m. in the 900 block of Addison Street; at 10 p.m. in the 1600 block of Fairview Street; at 10:15 p.m. in the 1100 block of Hillview Road; at 11 p.m. at Ninth Street and Bancroft Way; and at 11 p.m. in the 1900 block of San Pablo Avenue.

There were two felony assaults or batteries, at 6:45 p.m. in the 1500 block of Second St., and at 9 p.m. at Channing Way and Dana Street. Police arrested a 33-year-old man in connection with the incident on Second Street but he is no longer in custody and charges do not appear to have been filed, according to online records from the Alameda County sheriff’s department. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley man gets back stolen bike; second still missing

Caio Braga got his bike back about 24 hours after it was stolen. An identical bike is still missing. Photo: Berkeley Police
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A Berkeley man has been reunited with his stolen bike thanks to an alert resident who recognized it in the neighborhood — after seeing a post on social network Nextdoor — but the owner is still hoping to find a second identical bicycle that was also stolen from his home over the weekend.

The theft of both Trek bikes took place sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning in West Berkeley near Strawberry Creek Park. Owner Caio Braga reported the theft online to the Berkeley Police Department, and also posted information and photographs online, on Nextdoor and the Bike Index, a national registry for bike owners.

Monday morning, a man spotted someone cycling through Strawberry Creek Park on the bike, and recognized it from Braga’s Nextdoor post. The man called police to report it, and officers quickly responded. They were able to confirm that the bike belonged to Braga, and returned it to him.

Braga, a 28-year-old designer who moved to Berkeley with his wife four months ago, said he discovered the theft Sunday morning. The bikes had been left on the couple’s Addison Street patio Saturday. They were unlocked.

Braga said, when he first moved to town, he was vigilant about keeping the bikes locked. Over time, however, he said he got lazy about it, because the patio is not visible from the street.

“Always lock your bike,” he said Tuesday. “That’s the biggest lesson learned from that.” … Continue reading »

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Helicopters near Berkeley? Police search underway

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Update, 3:11 p.m. According to the Oakland Police, San Francisco officers have both men linked to the shooting now in custody. No one else is being sought. Police say roads will re-open “as soon as possible.”

Update, 3:04 p.m. Police say they are looking for an African-American or Hispanic man in his 20s “with wavy hair, wearing a red shirt with the number ’23’ on it.” The San Francisco Police Department has arrested one person, but the search continues for the second man.

Original post, 2:35 p.m. Authorities in North Oakland are looking for suspects linked to a San Francisco shooting, and helicopters hovering over the search area near the Berkeley border have drawn questions from many local residents.

According to a Nixle alert released by the Oakland Police at about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, officers from Oakland and San Francisco are in the 1000 block of 60th Street looking for two people.

Traffic is blocked off from 60th to 61st streets, and from Herzog to Idaho streets.

Police are not allowing vehicles or pedestrians to pass through the area.  … Continue reading »

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‘Stolen 911’ helps woman recover pilfered painting

 “Some people said I would never see it again," said Nellie Hill of Berkeley, seen here with her recovered oil painting, which had been stolen in January. Photo: Stolen 911
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A Berkeley woman has recovered a treasured family painting, stolen from her home in January, with the help of a website designed to get stolen goods back into the hands of their rightful owners.

North Berkeley resident Nellie Hill got a phone call last week from a Marin County man who had come into possession of the stolen oil painting, and wanted to return it.

Hill said the man had searched for the painter’s name online, and found a listing she had created on the website Stolen 911. Her post described the theft of the artwork and asked for help getting it back. The man called Hill after seeing the post, and told her he wanted to return the painting.

Hill said she had not expected the call, particularly because so much time had passed since the package containing the painting had been stolen from her home less than an hour after it had been delivered in late January. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley Police arrest 1 after theft, chase for 2 suspects in West Berkeley

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Berkeley Police took one young male into custody Sunday afternoon after chasing two suspects through several West Berkeley neighborhoods acting on information supplied by local residents.

According to Lt. Andrew Rateaver of the BPD, the two suspects were involved in a theft and may have fled in, and then crashed and abandoned, a car in the area of Second Street south of Cedar Street.

Starting at around 4:20 p.m. police officers pursued the suspects on foot in the area surrounded by Fifth, Jones, Cedar and Fourth streets.

BPD issued a Nixle alert at 4:43 p.m. advising people to avoid the area while the chase was underway. … Continue reading »

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Police make arrest after gunshots, disturbance on Carleton Street near San Pablo Avenue

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Update Aug. 24: Berkeley Police Officer Byron White said Monday that police arrested two juveniles Aug. 22 on suspicion of being minors in possession of a firearm and stolen property. Part of the press release is below:

“On August 22nd at about 9 pm, officers responded to the 1100 block of Carleton Street after receiving multiples calls of gunfire in the area—with a large group of juveniles leaving the area.”

“At the scene, officers learned that there was a party at a nearby residence and someone fired several shots into the air afterward,” according to a Berkeley Police Department press release. “While contacting a group of juveniles near the scene, officers discovered one of them in possession of a handgun.”

“After further investigation into the incident, officers arrested two juveniles for minors in possession of concealed firearm, possession of stolen property, as well as the willful discharge of a firearm in a negligent manner.” … Continue reading »

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North Berkeley BART station closed due to grenade scare

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The North Berkeley BART station was closed briefly Thursday evening after someone reported seeing what appeared to be a live grenade in the station’s satellite parking lot on Franklin Street.

According to BART Police, a responding officer checked the device and determined it appeared to be a live explosive.

With the assistance of the Berkeley Police local residents were evacuated from the immediate neighborhood at around 6:50 p.m., and a safety perimeter was established.

The station was closed as a precaution, and the UC Berkeley police bomb squad was called in. Members of the bomb squad inspected the device and determined it was a toy grenade. … Continue reading »

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ICE frees Berkeley man facing deportation to China

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In what appears to be an abrupt reversal, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have released a Berkeley recycling program director from detention.

Daniel Maher, a convicted felon who has lived under threat of deportation to China for nearly 15 years, was released from ICE custody Friday morning after spending over two months in various immigrant detention facilities around California, according to his attorney, Anoop Prasad with the Asian Law Caucus.

ICE detained Maher in early June as part of a broader crackdown on Chinese nationals subject to deportation, and undocumented immigrants with prior serious criminal convictions. Maher, who immigrated legally to the United States from his native Macau when he was just three years’ old, fit both descriptions and was suddenly faced with the possibility that he’d be sent to a country he’s never known. He speaks neither Mandarin nor Cantonese. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside blotter: Crime in Berkeley, 7/30-8/5

Selected calls to the Berkeley Police, via CrimeMapping.com. Scroll down for detailed maps. Click the map above for the list. See the map key here.
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This overview of recent crime in Berkeley is based on reports to the Berkeley Police unless otherwise noted. Please share photos, videos and tips, about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at crime@berkeleyside.com or on Facebook or Twitter; let us know if you prefer to be anonymous. Don’t assume someone else will alert us — you may be the only one to get in touch. We very much want to know about issues of neighborhood concern and rely on our readers to help us stay informed.

From July 30 to Aug. 5, there were reports of eight robberies19 burglaries11 assaults or batteries, three weapon-involved calls and one sexual assault, according to CrimeMapping.com. There were also 13 stolen vehicles11 disturbances and 43 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. There were two burglaries and one sex crime reported by the University of California Police Department (UCPD). These numbers are subject to change. Click the links for the latest numbers. The following items represent a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate; incidents that took place during a range of time are listed by the beginning of that time period.

Thursday, July 30

There were four robberies: at 1:55 a.m. at San Pablo and Hearst avenues; at 3:19 a.m. in the 2400 block of Haste Street; at 1:10 p.m. in the 2000 block of Oregon Street; and at 5:27 p.m. in the 1600 block of Derby Street. Police arrested a 23-year-old Berkeley man at 1:19 p.m. on suspicion of robbery in connection with the incident on Oregon, but he is no longer in custody and does not appear to have been charged, according to online records from the Alameda County sheriff’s department. Police arrested an 18-year-old man in connection with the Derby Street incident but he, too, is no longer in custody and charges do not appear to have been filed. … Continue reading »

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