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After ordering pizza with stolen card, teen charged with 4 armed robberies in Berkeley

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An 18-year-old man arrested in November — after authorities found him by tracking a stolen debit card used to order pizza — has been charged with four armed robberies near the North Berkeley BART station that took place last fall.

Police arrested Berkeley resident Marcell Stargetti along with two juveniles Nov. 24 after an armed robbery at Acton and Delaware streets at about 1 a.m. Police said they located the robbers after they used one of the debit cards they had stolen to order pizza. Officers intercepted the order and pretended to deliver the pizza to make the arrests.

According to court papers, police linked Stargetti to three other armed robberies in the area — on Sept. 13, Sept. 19 and Nov. 23 — using items found during a subsequent search of a home nearby, also in the 1300 block of Delaware Street. Police said they found an unloaded firearm, as well as “various stolen items … in the toilet tank.” Police also reported the discovery of ID cards, credit or debit cards and other suspected stolen items. … Continue reading »

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Update: 2 Berkeley High students injured, 3 arrested after fights downtown

Paramedics tended to one victim Thursday after what authorities said was a fight downtown. Photo: Nathan Slavik
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Update, Jan. 24, 8:45 p.m. The Berkeley Police Department said the two arrests referenced by Principal Glenchur were for incidents that happened Friday: A 15-year-old was arrested on suspicion of possession of a BB gun on the school campus; and a 14-year-old was arrested on suspicion of being a non-student who refused to leave, and reentered campus. Both were Berkeley residents, according to Police Lt. Jennifer Louis. Berkeleyside will request additional information from the Berkeley Unified School District, which has not responded to a request made Friday regarding those arrests, as well as the police department.

Update, Jan. 23, 4:36 p.m. School Principal Kristin Glenchur sent a statement to the school community at 4:23 p.m. reporting that police have made two additional arrests in connection with Thursday’s fights, “and additional administrative consequences are being considered.”

Glenchur wrote that Friday was a normal day for Berkeley High: “Dismissal was quiet today. We had 3,000 students completing finals without incident. The campus was fully functional, and I’m very happy with the efforts of our staff and the support we received from our district and community partners.”

Berkeleyside asked the Berkeley Police Department earlier on Friday about the additional arrests, but no information has thus far been provided.

Update, Jan. 22, 6:41 p.m. Police arrested a 15-year-old boy in the 2100 block of Milvia Street following the 2:15 p.m. fight downtown, said Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats by email at 6:35 p.m. His city of residence was not immediately available, but he was arrested on suspicion of battery. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside blotter: Crime in Berkeley, Jan. 8-14

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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 Jan. 8-14, there were reports of six robberies24 burglaries10 assaults or batteries, four weapon-involved calls and no sexual assaults, according to CrimeMapping.com. There were also 16 stolen vehiclessix disturbances and 37 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. Significant incidents from the University of California Police Department (UCPD) included a burglary and two calls involving a weapon. These numbers are subject to change. Click the links above for the latest numbers.

Please don’t hesitate to share photos, videos or tips, about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at tips@berkeleyside.com or on Facebook or Twitter; let us know if you prefer to be anonymous. Don’t assume someone else will alert us — we value your eyes and ears, and you may be the only one to get in touch.

Thursday, Jan. 8

There was a home burglary at 4 a.m. in the 3000 block of Benvenue Avenue.

There were three vehicles stolen: at 8:45 a.m. in the 1800 block of Derby Street; at 7:30 p.m. in the 1300 block of Carrison Street; and at 9 p.m. in the 2100 block of Ward Street.

There was a commercial burglary at 3:04 p.m. in the 1800 block of Fourth Street. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside blotter: Crime in Berkeley, Jan. 1-7

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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 Jan. 1-7, there were reports of 13 robberies20 burglaries11 assaults or batteries, one weapon-involved call and one sexual assault, according to CrimeMapping.com. There were also six stolen vehicleseight disturbances and 23 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. Significant incidents from the University of California Police Department (UCPD) included one call involving a weapon. These numbers are subject to change. Click the links above for the latest numbers.

Please don’t hesitate to share photos, videos or tips, about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at tips@berkeleyside.com or on Facebook or Twitter; let us know if you prefer to be anonymous. Don’t assume someone else will alert us — we value your eyes and ears, and you may be the only one to get in touch.

Thursday, Jan. 1

There were four robberies: at 1:30 a.m. in the 2000 block of University Avenue; at 4 a.m. in the 1800 block of University; at 6:46 p.m. in the 2000 block of Kittredge Street; and at 8:45 p.m. in the 1200 block of Haskell Street.

There was an arson at 6:55 a.m. in the 100 block of Berkeley Square.

A home was burglarized at 6:10 p.m. in the 2300 block of Acton Street. … Continue reading »

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Man sentenced to 15 years in Berkeley double stabbing, arson that killed puppy

Berkeley police and fire responded to a stabbing followed by a fire on Harmon Street on Jan. 29, 2013. Photo: Tracey Taylor
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A 52-year-old Berkeley man arrested in 2013 after police said he stabbed two people and set a South Berkeley house on fire, killing a puppy, was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison.

Victor Lamb entered a no contest plea in October in connection with attempted murder, great bodily injury and using a dangerous weapon during the commission of a felony after the Jan. 29, 2013, stabbing of two people, and subsequent arson, which killed a Chihuahua puppy named Midnight. Two police officers had to drag Lamb onto a ladder out of the second story of a burning home in the 1400 block of Harmon Street after he barricaded himself inside, told officers he had doused himself in lighter fluid, and said he wanted to die, according to court papers.

Initially, the Alameda County district attorney’s office charged Lamb with a much longer list of violations — including two counts of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, arson of an inhabited dwelling, animal cruelty, robbery and elder abuse, because one of his victims was more than 70 years old. The prosecution dropped many of those charges after Lamb’s no contest plea, negating the need for trial.

According to a transcript from Lamb’s preliminary hearing, in late September 2013, two witnesses testified about being stabbed by Lamb, who had a long history of mental health issues and sometimes took medication as a result. They said he had no recent history of serious violence, but would often become moody, verbally abusive and threatening, and display bizarre behavior. … Continue reading »

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Arrested anti-police protesters may wait up to a year to find out if they will be charged

Protesters have taken over freeways and local streets during recent demonstrations in Berkeley. Interstate 80 is shown here on Dec. 8. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Hundreds of protesters who took part in anti-police and Black Lives Matter demonstrations in the East Bay in December will need to wait, possibly up to a year, to find out if they have been charged after they were arrested during the protests, some of which turned violent.

A group of protesters and their supporters gathered at Oakland’s Wiley Manuel Courthouse on Tuesday morning expecting to hear whether the Alameda County district attorney’s office would take action.

Catch up on Berkeleyside’s coverage of the Berkeley protests.

But no charges have been filed, said Dennis Cunningham of the National Lawyers Guild, who was there to help the protesters. The group — a mix of students and community members — learned that, for many of the arrests, police reports have not been filed, leaving the possibility of charges an open question. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside blotter: Crime in Berkeley, Dec. 25-31

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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. 25-31, there were reports of 27 burglaries, 32 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles18 stolen vehicles and 11 disturbances, according to CrimeMapping.com. Two robberiesnine assaults or batteries, no weapon-related calls and no sexual assaults were reported. Significant incidents from the University of California Police Department (UCPD) included one arson and one robbery. These numbers are subject to change. Click the links above for the latest numbers.

Please don’t hesitate to share photos, videos or tips, about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at tips@berkeleyside.com or on Facebook or Twitter; let us know if you prefer to be anonymous. Don’t assume someone else will alert us — we value your eyes and ears, and you may be the only one to get in touch.

Thursday, Dec. 25

Two vehicles were stolen, at 12:50 a.m. in the 1800 block of West Street, and at 3 p.m. at Fifth and Camelia streets.

There were two home burglaries, at 6:10 a.m. in the 2300 block of Parker Street, and at 7:30 a.m. in the 2200 block of McKinley Avenue.

There were four disturbance calls: at noon in the 1400 block of Eighth Street; at 1:17 p.m. in the 2600 block of Telegraph Avenue; at 5:30 p.m. in the 2500 block of Haste Street; and at 6:21 p.m. in the 1200 block of Allston Way.

There was a commercial burglary at 4:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of Overlook Road.

There was a felony assault or battery at 11:05 p.m. at Fourth Street and Hearst Avenue. … Continue reading »

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

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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. 18-24, there were reports of 19 burglaries, 33 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles10 stolen vehicles and 13 disturbances, according to CrimeMapping.com. Seven robberies13 assaults or batteries, two weapon-related calls and two sexual assaults were reported. Significant incidents from the University of California Police Department (UCPD) included three burglaries and three vehicle thefts. These numbers are subject to change. Click the links above for the latest numbers.

Please do not hesitate to share photos, videos and tips, about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at tips@berkeleyside.com or on Facebook or Twitter; let us know up front if you prefer to be anonymous. Don’t assume someone else will alert us — we value your eyes and ears, and you may be the only one to get in touch.

Thursday, Dec. 18

There were five home burglaries: at midnight in the 1900 block of Berkeley Way; at 5 a.m. in the 1800 block of Oxford Street; at 5 p.m. in the 900 block of Cragmont Avenue; at 5:30 p.m. in the 800 block of Contra Costa Avenue; and at 8 p.m. in the 1600 block of University Avenue. Police arrested Sonya Taylor, 41, in connection with the University Avenue incident; she remains in custody at Santa Rita Jail with a bail of $75,000 and is scheduled for a pretrial hearing Jan. 5.

Police arrested 50-year-old Teena Alexander of Berkeley on a warrant for a robbery Nov. 28 a 1:30 a.m. at San Pablo and University avenues. She remains in custody at Santa Rita Jail with a bail of $80,000 and is scheduled for a preliminary examination Jan. 6.

UCPD handled a burglary at 9:31 a.m. in the 2400 block of Durant Avenue in Unit 3.

Berkeley Police arrested 21-year-old Janell Wheat of Berkeley on a warrant from a burglary Oct. 13 at 1:30 p.m. in the 200 block of The Bridge Road in Berkeley. She is set for further pretrial Jan. 8 and remains in custody at Santa Rita Jail with a bail of $50,000.

Police handled a call involving a gun or other weapon at 1:24 p.m. on Interstate 80. Officer Byron White, a Berkeley Police spokesman, said the CHP had issued an alert for officers to be on the lookout for a driver who had pointed a gun at another driver on the freeway. Berkeley officers patrolling around Ashby Avenue spotted the vehicle and detained the driver at Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Police recovered a handgun inside the vehicle, and the case remains under investigation. White said, by email, that “the case will most likely be forwarded to the DA’s office for a decision on whether or not to charge it.” … Continue reading »

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El Sobrante man killed in Berkeley shooting

The scene Tuesday on San Pablo Avenue as a city worker cleaned up after a fatal shooting. Photo: Darby Tyro
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Authorities have identified the man who was shot to death in Berkeley on Monday night as 36-year-old Kamahl Middleton of El Sobrante.

He and a 28-year-old woman were shot Monday at about 9:45 p.m. on San Pablo Avenue in a parking lot used by the 99 Cents Only store and other businesses, and adjacent to Everett & Jones Barbecue, just north of University Avenue in West Berkeley.

The woman was taken to the hospital and was in stable condition as of Wednesday afternoon. … Continue reading »

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Man dead, woman injured after 2 shot in West Berkeley

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Update, Dec. 30, 9:40 a.m. Berkeley police sent out an alert around 9 a.m. Tuesday to say San Pablo Avenue is open in both directions at University Avenue. They added: “BPD appreciates your patience as we conducted our investigation.”

ORIGINAL STORY: Two people were injured, and one of them has died, after a shooting Monday night in West Berkeley.

According to Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats, a male and female were shot at about 9:45 p.m. Coats said the man was pronounced dead at the scene, and that she was unsure about the condition of the female, who was taken to the hospital. Coats said, as of about 10:45 p.m., she was en route to the scene to learn more from investigators.

See the update on this case, which includes the victim’s name and personal videos.

According to unconfirmed scanner traffic, the incident took place near the 99 Cents Only store at 1941 San Pablo Ave., near University Avenue, and may have begun as a robbery of medical marijuana. … Continue reading »

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

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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 vehiclesnine stolen vehicles and 10 disturbances, according to CrimeMapping.com. Three robberieseight 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.

Please do not hesitate to share photos, videos and tips, about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at tips@berkeleyside.com or on Facebook or Twitter; let us know up front if you prefer to be anonymous. Don’t assume someone else will alert us — we value your eyes and ears, and you may be the only one to get in touch.

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. … Continue reading »

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More details emerge on UCPD carjacking, robbery arrests

The view from Grizzly Peak Boulevard near Signpost 15. Photo: Tracey Taylor
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Three Concord teenagers alleged to have kidnapped and carjacked a couple on Grizzly Peak Boulevard on Thanksgiving Day have been charged with 11 felonies in connection with robberies in Oakland and Walnut Creek on Nov. 27.

Authorities said they also matched the description, and were linked by surveillance footage and a license plate, to a robbery and attempted robbery in Lafayette that same day.

Police investigators said the crew first carjacked a couple on Grizzly Peak, and forced them to drive to an ATM in Walnut Creek to withdraw cash. Afterward, the group is alleged to have robbed another couple on Grizzly Peak, pistol whipping one victim and stealing a container of coins and other property.

The Alameda County district attorney’s office has identified the teens as Jose Avila and Brenton Holtzclaw, both 18, and Ricardo Padilla, 17. (Padilla’s name was not released previously by police because he is a minor, but he is being charged as an adult and his name appears alongside those of his co-defendants on court documents.) The charges — of second-degree robbery, kidnapping to commit robbery, kidnapping for carjacking, carjacking and assault with a deadly weapon — involve five separate victims. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside blotter: Crime in Berkeley, Dec. 4-10

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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. 4-10, there were reports of 21 burglaries, 18 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles10 stolen vehicles and 26 disturbances, according to CrimeMapping.com. Eight robberies26 assaults or batteries, three weapon-related calls and two sexual assaults were reported. Significant incidents from the University of California Police Department (UCPD) included two robberies, two vehicle thefts and a weapon-involved call. These numbers are subject to change. Click the links above for the latest numbers.

Please do not hesitate to share photos, videos and tips, about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at tips@berkeleyside.com or on Facebook or Twitter; let us know up front if you prefer to be anonymous. Don’t assume someone else will alert us — we value your eyes and ears, and you may be the only one to get in touch.

Thursday, Dec. 4

There were three disturbance calls: at 7:50 a.m. in the 2400 block of Eighth Street; at 7 p.m. in the 1900 block of San Pablo Avenue; and at 10:22 p.m. in the 2500 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

There were two robberies, at 3:15 p.m. at Haste and Atherton streets, and at 10:15 p.m. at Haste and Milvia streets.

There were two felony assaults, at 3:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of Bancroft Way, and at 11:05 p.m. in the 2700 block of Telegraph Avenue. Police arrested a 47-year-old man in connection with the incident on Bancroft Way, but he is no longer in custody and does not appear to have been charged, according to online records from the Alameda County district attorney’s office. Police arrested 33-year-old Adam Schmidt on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm in connection with the incident on Telegraph Avenue. He remains in custody at Santa Rita Jail with a bail of $80,000, and is set for a preliminary examination Dec. 22.

A vehicle was stolen at 4:30 p.m. in the 2500 block of Durant Avenue. According to UCPD, a vehicle also was stolen at 8:23 p.m. from the West Berkeley Lot.

There was a home burglary at 10 p.m. in the 2200 block of Durant Avenue.  … Continue reading »

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