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Berkeleyside Blotter: Crime in Berkeley, March 20-26

Selected calls for service to the Berkeley Police, via CrimeMapping.com. (Scroll down for maps of burglaries, auto burglaries and auto thefts.) Click the map for the full list. See the map key here.
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This is a partial list of recent crime in Berkeley, compiled by Berkeleyside, and based on reports to the Berkeley Police Department unless otherwise noted. See recent Berkeley crime coverage here.

The following items represent just a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate. From March 20-26, there were 17 burglary reports26 auto break-in or theft from a vehicle reports, and 14 stolen vehicle reports to the Berkeley Police Department, according to CrimeMapping.comOne robbery and 13 assaults, domestic violence incidents or batteries were reported. These numbers are subject to change. Click the previous links for the most current information.

[Editor's Note: We always appreciate photographs and tips, about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at tips@berkeleyside.com or via Facebook or Twitter; please let us know when you write if you prefer to be anonymous.] 

Thursday, March 20

Two auto burglaries were reported, at 5 a.m. in the 200 block of Alvarado Road, and at 7:30 p.m. in the 1300 block of Francisco Street.

Two home burglaries were reported, at 9:10 a.m. in the 2500 block of Ellsworth Street, and at 4 p.m. in the 2800 block of Parker Street. … Continue reading »

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Teen punched during robbery by Berkeley gang members

Police have described the area of Bonar Street and Allston Way as a "high gang area." Image: Google maps
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Two men have been charged in the robbery of a 14-year-old boy in West Berkeley earlier this month in what police described as a “high gang area,” according to court papers.

According to police, the 14-year-old boy was near Bonar Street and Allston Way when two men and a juvenile male approached him in a Chevrolet Blazer on March 10.

A passenger in the vehicle, identified as Arturo Avalos of Berkeley, got out of the SUV and approached the boy saying, “Give me your phone or I am going to punch you in your face.” … Continue reading »

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Berkeley Police on 3 recent shootings: ‘Responding to these incidents is our top priority’

Berkeley Police have responded to three shootings this week. Image: Google Maps
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Three shootings in Berkeley since last weekend have raised safety concerns around town, and police area coordinators have been using their email lists to ask for cooperation and assure residents that the incidents are under investigation.

Two shootings took place on Harmon Street in South Berkeley, on Saturday and Monday, and the third incident took place on Bonar Street in West Berkeley on Tuesday night. Two teenagers were shot in the second Harmon Street incident, but were said to have non-life-threatening injuries. No other injuries were reported, and there have been no arrests reported.

South Berkeley area coordinator officer Stephanie Polizziani told community members on her email list Thursday that Berkeley Police “detectives and patrol officers are working night and day following up on any leads that come their way to ensure the community’s safety.” … Continue reading »

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Police activity puts Willard Middle School on lockdown

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Willard Middle School in Berkeley was on temporary lockdown this afternoon due to a police search in the area.

At 1 p.m., Berkeley Police received a call about a suspicious person on a property in the 2700 block of Regent Street, police spokeswoman officer Jennifer Coats said.

She continued: “The initial call was suspicious persons, who appeared to be prowling or casing a residence. An officer arrived in the area and observed an attempted burglary into a residence. The officer attempted to detain them and they fled on foot.

“Officers established a perimeter and conducted a yard to yard search. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley asks public for help to create new police beats

The Berkeley Police Department has used the same beat map since 1993, and the city is looking into how to adjust it. (Click to view larger.) Image: Berkeley Police
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The Berkeley Police Department is asking the public for input as it analyzes its current staffing resources and reconsiders how it deploys officers around the city.

This week, the city posted a survey online to collect feedback about what kind of services community members want, and what their priorities are.

The main question is not whether the city should hire more officers. But, rather, the city wants to know: Would community members prefer a larger beat that’s always staffed, or a smaller beat that sometimes has no assigned officer? That approach is, perhaps, understandable given the city’s current budget situation, and the fact that even a new officer hired on to the department makes over $100,000 a year once all is said and done. … Continue reading »

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4 men with Berkeley ties face murder plot charge

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A man from West Berkeley’s waterfront neighborhood has been in court with three associates before a Superior Court judge since last week after authorities say they tried twice to murder a man who disrespected him and his brother in videos posted on YouTube, as well as his cousin, who was killed in Berkeley last summer, on photography website Instagram.

Defense attorneys have argued that the case against the men is weak, and was blown out of proportion due to its initial connection to the high-profile fatal shooting of a young girl. The evidence against the men is based largely on surveillance and wiretap recordings of slang-ridden conversations that defense attorneys claim consisted more of tough talk than any actual murder plot.

On two dates in September, police say the men planned to shoot a man in Oakland who had been disrespectful in a rap song and other online videos. On both occasions, police responded to the area and say their presence stopped violence from occurring. Authorities said they recorded the group’s plans during a wiretap operation by the Oakland Police Department that started as part of the investigation into the death of 8-year-old Alaysha Carradine in Oakland last summer. During that wiretap operation, police said they discovered the group’s plans and began a separate investigation into the alleged conspiracy. … Continue reading »

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Update: Police respond to shooting in West Berkeley

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Berkeley Police responded to a drive-by shooting in the 2200 block of Bonar Street on Tuesday night, authorities said.

Residents reported hearing 6-12 gunshots in West Berkeley on Bonar at roughly 10:10 p.m.

Police officers in the area also heard the shots, and responded immediately to investigate, said Berkeley Police Lt. Randy Files. Police canvassed the neighborhood and took statements.

There were no reported injuries on site. Police informed local hospitals about the shooting but had not received any reports about potentially related victims as of midnight.

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Update: 2 teens shot on Harmon Street in Berkeley

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Update, March 25, 6:10 p.m. The Berkeley Police report that, contrary to earlier information, one of the shooting victims was not arrested by the Oakland Police Department. “No arrest was made after all, [it was] possibly an old warrant,” said Berkeley Police spokeswoman officer Jennifer Coats, via email.

Update, March 25, 10:50 a.m. Berkeley Police spokeswoman officer Jennifer Coats provided a short statement Tuesday morning about the shooting Monday night in South Berkeley.

She confirmed that, at 9:41 p.m., police received numerous 911 calls about possible gunshots on in the 1500 block of Harmon Street. Officers who responded found bullet casings and several damaged vehicles, as well as damage to a home. There were no victims on scene when police arrived. Highland Hospital notified the Berkeley Police Department a short time later that two males, ages 16 and 19, had come in seeking treatment for non-life-threatening injuries. Berkeley officers responded to the hospital to speak with them. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside Blotter: Crime in Berkeley, March 13-19

Selected calls for service to the Berkeley Police, via CrimeMapping.com. (Scroll down for maps of burglaries, auto burglaries and auto thefts.) Click the map for the full list. See the map key here.
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This is a partial list of recent crime in Berkeley, compiled by Berkeleyside, and based on reports to the Berkeley Police Department unless otherwise noted. See recent Berkeley crime coverage here.

The following items represent just a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate. From March 13-19, there were 20 burglary reports17 auto break-in or theft from a vehicle reports, and eight stolen vehicle reports to the Berkeley Police Department, according to CrimeMapping.comSix robberies and seven assaults, domestic violence incidents or batteries were reported. These numbers are subject to change. Click the previous links for the most current information.

[Editor's Note: We always appreciate photographs and tips, about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at tips@berkeleyside.com or via Facebook or Twitter; please let us know when you write if you prefer to be anonymous.] 

Thursday, March 13

Three auto burglaries were reported: at 3:58 a.m. at Piedmont Avenue and Forest Lane; at 11 a.m. at Fourth and Delaware streets; and at 3 p.m. in the 100 block of Spinnaker Way.

Two home burglaries were reported, at 8 a.m. in the 1300 block of Gilman Street, and at 11 a.m. in the 1900 block of Bonita Avenue. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley Police investigate drive-by shooting on Harmon

A vehicle was struck during a drive-by shooting in the 1500 block of Harmon Street over the weekend. Image: Google Maps
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Police responded to a drive-by shooting in South Berkeley over the weekend, authorities said Sunday night.

Saturday at approximately 11:45 p.m., the Berkeley Police Department dispatch center received “numerous 911 calls” reporting that shots had been fired in the 1500 block of Harmon Street, near Sacramento Street, said watch commander Lt. Dave Frankel.

Callers reported shots fired and a car speeding away. … Continue reading »

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Teen tries to buy 14 iPhones, 2 laptops with fake credit card at Apple store

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A 19-year-old from Rohnert Park is facing three felony charges after authorities said he tried to use a fake Visa card for a shopping spree at the Apple store in Berkeley’s popular Fourth Street shopping district.

According to court papers, Mohannad Halaweh went into the Apple store, at 1823 Fourth St. in West Berkeley, earlier this month and tried to buy more than $10,000 worth of gear.

Police said Halaweh attempted to buy 14 iPhones and two MacBook Air laptop computers shortly before 4 p.m. March 8. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside Police Blotter: Crime in Berkeley, March 6-12

Selected calls for service to the Berkeley Police, via CrimeMapping.com. (Scroll down for maps of burglaries, auto burglaries and auto thefts.) Click the map for the full list. See the map key here.
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This is a partial list of recent crime in Berkeley, compiled by Berkeleyside, and based on reports to the Berkeley Police Department unless otherwise noted. See recent Berkeley crime coverage here.

The following items represent just a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate. From March 6-12, there were nine burglary reports28 auto break-in or theft from a vehicle reports, and 14 stolen vehicle reports to the Berkeley Police Department, according to CrimeMapping.comSix robberies and 12 assaults, domestic violence incidents or batteries were reported. These numbers are subject to change. Click the previous links for the most current information.

[Editor's Note: We always appreciate photographs and tips, about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at tips@berkeleyside.com or via Facebook or Twitter; please let us know when you write if you prefer to be anonymous.] 

Thursday, March 6

A robbery was reported at 10:07 a.m. in the 1800 block of San Pablo Avenue.

Four auto burglaries were reported: at 6 p.m. at an unlisted location; at 8 p.m. in the 200 block of University Avenue; at 8:10 p.m. in the 1000 block of Gilman Street; and at 11 p.m. in the 1900 block of Francisco Street. … Continue reading »

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Police arrest 2 after man brandishes gun in laundromat

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Police arrested two people Sunday after responding to a report of a man with a gun at the Washingtown Coin Wash laundromat at 3215 Adeline St. (at Fairview) in South Berkeley.

Berkeley Police Lt. Dave Frankel said the call came in at 1:49 p.m. and many police officers responded. It is estimated there were as many as 15 cruisers on the scene at one point. … Continue reading »

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