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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook or Twitter; let us know if you prefer anonymity. Don’t assume someone else will alert us — you may be the only one to get in touch. We want to know about issues of concern and rely on readers to help us stay informed.
From Oct. 15-21, there were reports of two robberies, 11 burglaries, 14 assaults or batteries, three weapon-involved calls and no sexual assaults, according to CrimeMapping.com. There were also 15 stolen vehicles, 13 disturbances and 27 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. One burglary was reported by the University of California Police Department (UCPD). 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 unless otherwise noted by the beginning of that time period.
Thursday, Oct. 15
There was a disturbance at 12:15 a.m. at Sacramento Street and Alcatraz Avenue.
There were two felony assaults or batteries, at 1:40 p.m. in the 1300 block of University Avenue, and at 11:45 p.m. in the 2300 block of Telegraph Avenue.
There was an arson call at 9:12 p.m. at Murray and Ninth streets.
There was a robbery at 10:35 p.m. in the 1200 block of Hearst Avenue. … Continue reading »
A man was shot during a robbery at a West Berkeley business Saturday afternoon, authorities have reported.
The incident took place just before 4:30 p.m. at 1655 Fifth St., at E.C. Hydro, a hydroponic and garden supply shop that has been open since 1989.
“We received a call from an individual who reported being shot during a robbery which occurred inside a commercial business or warehouse,” said Berkeley Police Capt. Andrew Greenwood.
The man suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken by the Berkeley Fire Department to a local hospital for treatment. … Continue reading »
Police have arrested a man they say carjacked a driver in West Berkeley after breaking into the municipal animal shelter last week to steal a dog he’d been turned down from adopting.
Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats said 36-year-old Joseph Kristian Black broke into the Dona Spring Animal Shelter last Tuesday, Oct. 21, and stole a dog he had unsuccessfully tried to adopt.
Coats said Black, a Berkeley resident, smashed a window at the shelter at 6:25 p.m. and was able to get into the building, at 1 Bolivar Dr. north of Addison Street.
“He then pried open a kennel and stole a dog that was under the care of the shelter,” she said. … Continue reading »
Authorities have set up a trailer with “license plate technology” at Willard Middle School to help with an investigation into five child abduction attempts in Berkeley since September.
An astute Berkeleyside reader noticed the trailer outside Willard last Friday and commented about it using the screen name “careful what you ask for.”
The reader, who shared the photograph that accompanies this story, drew a red arrow pointing at a small box mounted on the trailer, and identified it as a license-plate-reading (LPR) camera. The trailer is white, and also includes a 25 mph speed limit sign and an LED reminder for motorists that says “slow.”
Another reader noticed the trailer, which has a line of orange cones in front of it, and wondered about it on Twitter on Tuesday: “Why in the world did the city put this in the loading zone in front of Willard?”
Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats confirmed Thursday that the trailer “does have LPR technology on it.” … Continue reading »
An Alameda man has been charged with eight felonies linked to four separate victims from a shooting in West Berkeley near San Pablo Park in August that sent one man to the hospital.
Jamell Tousant, 38, is being held at Santa Rita Jail with a bail of $2.37 million, and is scheduled for an attorney and plea hearing next Wednesday.
According to court papers, Tousant drove to Berkeley on Aug. 15, and stopped in the 2800 block of Mabel Street, near Oregon Street, on the border of San Pablo Park at about 6:40 p.m.
He got out and fired multiple rounds from an assault rifle at a group of four men walking along Mabel, and struck one of them in the leg. A passenger from Tousant’s vehicle also fired at the group, according to police. (The man who was shot was taken to the hospital for treatment, and later was released.)
Two homes were struck by gunfire, as was a vehicle. A witness told police that a white vehicle fled the scene, and was able to pass on the vehicle’s license plate number to authorities. … Continue reading »
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 email@example.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 concern and rely on readers to help us stay informed.
From Oct. 8-14, there were reports of six robberies, 25 burglaries, 11 assaults or batteries, three weapon-involved calls and one sexual assaults, according to CrimeMapping.com. There were also 15 stolen vehicles, 22 disturbances and 35 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. Two assaults were reported by the University of California Police Department (UCPD). 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 unless otherwise noted by the beginning of that time period.
Thursday, Oct. 8
There were five home burglaries: at 5:30 a.m. in the 1000 block of Page Street; at 6:30 a.m. in the 1000 block of Miller Street; at 7 a.m. in the 1100 block of Sterling Avenue; at 7:45 a.m. in the 1300 block of Carlotta Avenue; and at 10:30 a.m. in the same block.
Two vehicles were stolen, at 9:38 a.m. at Woolsey Street and Telegraph Avenue, and at 5:30 p.m. in the 1700 block of Grant Street.
There was a call involving a report of a gun at 12:30 p.m. in the 2200 block of Milvia Street. Berkeley police officers detained a student at Berkeley High School after receiving an anonymous tip that the student had a gun. The school was on lockdown from around 12:30 p.m. No weapon was ultimately recovered. Read more on Berkeleyside.
A community member reported, at about 4 p.m., that someone had stolen his white Brooklyn-brand men’s cruiser bike, valued at $530, from the Ashby station, according to the BART Police. The bike had been locked with a metal chain on the east side of the station, and was stolen between 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday.
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Berkeley Police officers arrested a 42-year-old Oakland man sitting in a vehicle with a loaded gun Thursday morning just south of UC Berkeley’s Clark Kerr Campus.
An “alert community member” called police to report what appeared to be a suspicious vehicle parked in a driveway in the 2700 block of Belrose Avenue, near Derby Street, around 6:40 a.m., said Officer Jennifer Coats, Berkeley Police spokeswoman.
The caller told police the SUV, which had its lights on, did not belong to the homeowner on Belrose where it was parked.
Police responded and found a man identified as Eliexer Rodriguez sitting in the SUV, which was running. … Continue reading »
Update, Oct. 27: According to the Alameda County district attorney’s office, this case is pending further investigation, and McCorvie has not yet been charged.
Original story, Oct. 21: Police have arrested a man in connection with the groping of several children in a Berkeley pool over the summer.
Just before 9 a.m. Wednesday, police arrested 38-year-old Ryan Lee McCorvie of Oakland on a warrant for committing lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14, according to online records from the Alameda County sheriff’s department.
Berkeleyside has requested additional information about the case from the Alameda County district attorney’s office.
According to a statement released after publication, UCPD said McCorvie has been arrested in connection with seven counts of committing lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14, and that there may be additional victims. … Continue reading »
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Oct. 1-7, there were reports of six robberies, 13 burglaries, 18 assaults or batteries, two weapon-involved calls and four sexual assaults, according to CrimeMapping.com. There were also 10 stolen vehicles, 17 disturbances and 28 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. A burglary and three vehicle thefts were reported by the University of California Police Department (UCPD). 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 unless otherwise noted by the beginning of that time period.
Thursday, Oct. 1
There were five disturbance calls: at 12:07 a.m. in the 2100 block of Kittredge Street; at 6:30 a.m. in the 2100 block of University Avenue; at 10 a.m. in the 2300 block of California Street; at 10:15 a.m. in the 1500 block of Bonita Street; and at 3 p.m. in the 2100 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way.
There were two misdemeanor sexual assaults, at noon in the 1700 block of San Pablo Avenue, and at 11:25 p.m. at Shattuck Avenue and Haste Street.
There was a call involving a gun or other weapon at 2 p.m. in the 2300 block of Ninth Street.
There was a felony battery at 11:03 p.m. in the 2200 block of Bonar Street. Police arrested Berkeley resident 22-year-old Laquon Waker, also known was Laquon Walker, on suspicion of battery with serious bodily injury, a felony. He is no longer in custody but is scheduled for a sentencing hearing Nov. 18. … Continue reading »
Authorities have released an updated vehicle description and more information about five child abduction attempts in Berkeley over the past month, including two that had not previously been reported.
Berkeley Police Officer Byron White, a department spokesman, said investigators believe the most recent incident, on Sunday evening, involved a black full-size cargo van, without side or back windows. A man described as Hispanic, 20 to 30 years old, with dark hair and a mustache, tried to convince three girls to get into his van at about 6:10 p.m.
In the initial report about that incident, police said they believed the involved vehicle was an older model, dark green or blue mini-van with tinted windows. After additional interviews with witnesses and victims, authorities have updated the description, said White.
White said police have learned about another attempt that day, in the same location about 15 minutes prior, involving a middle-school-aged girl. The vehicle and suspect description were the same as reported by the trio a short time later.
The other three incidents all took place Sept. 18 as children walked to Willard Middle School, at 2425 Stuart St., between Telegraph Avenue and Regent Street, between 8 and 8:30 a.m. … Continue reading »
For at least the second time this month, authorities responded to a report of a student with a weapon at Berkeley High School, school officials have reported.
Berkeley High Principal Sam Pasarow said police received an anonymous tip Friday morning “that one of our students was in possession of a weapon.”
Authorities “promptly located the student and interviewed him, and determined that he was in possession of a knife. Appropriate actions are being taken in terms of discipline and ensuring campus safety.”
Pasarow said, in an email message to the school community sent Monday at 4:10 p.m. that “This tip is related to a similar one, received on October 8, that resulted in a campus lockdown.” He did not explain how it was related, but Berkeleyside has asked for clarification. … Continue reading »
The Berkeley Police Department has applied for grant funding to buy a 3-D laser scanner to document crime scenes and injury-collision locations more precisely and accurately than its current equipment allows.
According to an Oct. 15 memo posted by City Manager Dee Williams-Ridley on the city website, the department has applied for a grant from the Department of Homeland Security’s Urban Areas Security Initiative program to cover the $85,793 cost of the scanner. The money would cover the warranty, maintenance and training for the scanner over a 10-year period.
According to the city, the scanner would be a significant upgrade from the current approach used by officers. The scanner would speed up the process, and require less time and training.
“Scene capture will become more convenient … and is likely to be deployed on a more frequent basis,” according to the city. “Acquisition and use of the FARO Laser Scanner will greatly enhance Police Department forensic and investigative capabilities, while decreasing related staffing costs, saving staff time, and allowing for greater ease in documenting crime and collision scenes.” … Continue reading »
The Berkeley Unified School District is alerting the community to an attempted abduction of three girls Sunday on College Avenue.
According to a notice released Monday morning by the school district, the girls were walking on College Avenue and Webster Street at about 6:10 p.m. when a man near a van yelled at them to get inside.
“The girls started to run away and the suspect started following them on foot,” according to BUSD. “The girls started to scream and the suspect got back in his van and drove away south on College Avenue.”
The man was described as Hispanic, 20 to 30 years old, with dark hair and a mustache. He was driving an older model, dark green or blue mini-van with tinted windows. … Continue reading »