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Berkeley police discover hundreds of fake bank cards during arrest

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An Oakland woman has been charged with felony identity theft after a Berkeley police search turned up hundreds of fake bank cards, and equipment for making hundreds more, at her home in late July.

According to court papers, police searched the vehicle and home of 32-year-old Lecresha Shenete Dudley on July 29 after linking her to a possible child endangerment case as well as a possibly narcotics transaction.

Berkeley officers detained Dudley in her vehicle. According to court papers, a search of the vehicle turned up $664, two driver’s licenses belonging to other people and 32 fake bank cards.

Officers then searched Dudley’s home, in the 4200 block of Park Boulevard in Oakland.

At the home, police say they found 210 fake bank cards, two commercial-grade card embossers and printers, a card encoder, a laptop and 480 PVC cards with magnetic strips.  … Continue reading »

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Man arrested in Berkeley on suspicion of homicide

The U.S. Marshals Service arrested a man on Parker Street in Berkeley on Monday afternoon. Photo: Citizen reporter
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The U.S. Marshals Service arrested a man in South Berkeley on Monday afternoon on suspicion of homicide, authorities reported.

Limited information was available about the arrest due to the ongoing investigation.

Errol Watson, a spokesman and deputy U.S. marshal for the Northern District of California, confirmed that officers arrested a man on Parker Street on Monday on a warrant for homicide.

He said he could not release the man’s name pending further review by the Alameda County district attorney’s office.

Watson said he may be able to release additional details after the district attorney’s review takes place.  … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside blotter: Crime in Berkeley, July 23-29

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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 23-29, there were reports of 14 robberies23 burglaries12 assaults or batteries, one weapon-involved call and two sexual assaults, according to CrimeMapping.com. There were also 11 stolen vehicles16 disturbances and 41 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. There were no significant incidents 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 23

There were two robberies, at 12:28 a.m. in the 1000 block of Carleton Street, and at 1:45 p.m. in the 2100 block of Shattuck Avenue.

Two vehicles were stolen, at 5 a.m. in the 2400 block of Shattuck Avenue, and at 7 p.m. in the 800 block of Indian Rock Avenue.

There was a commercial burglary at 5:17 a.m. in the 2400 block of Shattuck.

There was a home burglary at 9:40 a.m. in the 1400 block of Ordway Street.

There were two disturbance calls, at 3:18 p.m. in the 2800 block of Adeline Street, and at 6:45 p.m. in the 2200 block of Shattuck. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside blotter: Crime in Berkeley, July 16-22

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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 16-22, there were reports of five robberies17 burglaries16 assaults or batteries, no weapon-involved calls and one sexual assault, according to CrimeMapping.com. There were also 13 stolen vehicleseight disturbances and 39 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. Significant incidents reported by the University of California Police Department (UCPD) included one burglary. 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 16

Four vehicles were stolen: at midnight in the 2300 block of Prospect Street; at 5 a.m. in the 800 block of Euclid Avenue; at 6 p.m. at Berkeley Way and Shattuck Avenue; and at 9 p.m. in the 2000 block of Ward Street.

There was a disturbance at 4:08 p.m. at California Street and University Avenue.

There was a home burglary at 6 p.m. in the 1800 block of Harmon Street.

There was a robbery at 11:07 p.m. at Acton and Russell streets.

There was a commercial burglary at 11:10 p.m. in the 2100 block of Oxford Street. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley police defend tactics after laundromat robbery

Police search Sacramento Street, near Dwight Way, for an armed robber who robbed a laundromat, in Berkeley, on Monday, July 27. Photo: David Yee
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One week after a police operation in southwest Berkeley sparked community questions about whether military tools and tactics have been unnecessarily adopted by local departments, the Berkeley Police chief and one of his captains said safety was the overriding concern that drove decision making last Monday.

Threats to officer safety are very real. Police Chief Michael Meehan and Acting Capt. Jennifer Louis answered questions from Berkeleyside on Monday, Aug. 3, less than 24 hours after an officer-involving shooting in Oakland left a local man dead and a police sergeant in serious condition. According to a statement released by the Oakland Police, the man opened fire on officers with an assault rifle after they responded to his home during a sexual assault investigation. And, less than two weeks ago, Hayward Police Sgt. Scott Lunger was fatally shot without warning during a traffic stop.

Meehan said today, however, that it was the specifics of last week’s robbery and assault at a laundromat — “the facts of the individual case…. and the nature of the threat” — that prompted the use July 27 of a police dog from Oakland, an armored vehicle from Alameda and the Berkeley Police Special Response Team, which wears camouflage uniforms when it responds to calls.

Those decisions incited an emotional response from some in the Berkeley community and beyond who said the tactics are evidence of the increasing militarization of local police departments. Many said they were put off by the camouflage uniforms and armored vehicle, in particular. In the Berkeleyside comments, one person called the operation a sign of a “police state” and another decried the “unprecedented show of military force.” Others said police had made the right decisions, acting professionally and efficiently. But even some who made a point to say they support certain police tactics had questions. … Continue reading »

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Man sodomized while sleeping at People’s Park

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A man woke up Thursday in People’s Park in Berkeley to discover that he had been sodomized, authorities reported Friday morning.

The University of California Police Department received notification about the rape from Alta Bates Hospital, where the man had sought treatment.

The 30-year-old man told medical staff Thursday that the assault had happened sometime during the prior night while he was sleeping.

He said he woke up and discovered “indications” he had been raped. No further information was provided.  … Continue reading »

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Police: Man stomped 69-year-old who refused him $1

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A man charged in June with two felonies, battery with serious bodily injury and elder abuse, is set to return to court Thursday.

Siaosi Aleamotua, 22, was arrested by the Berkeley Police after he allegedly knocked down and attacked a 69-year-old man who refused to give him $1 in March.

According to court papers, the man had been walking on Durant Avenue near Dana Street, in the Southside neighborhood, on March 2 when Aleamotua asked him for $1. The man said he didn’t have any money and kept walking.

He was struck from behind and fell down next to a parked BMW.

“The suspect then kicked and stomped on the victim’s face,” according to court papers. “The victim sustained a broken nose in two places and other injuries to his face and neck.”  … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside blotter: Crime in Berkeley, July 9-15

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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 9-15, there were reports of nine robberies13 burglaries20 assaults or batteries, four weapon-involved calls and one sexual assault, according to CrimeMapping.com. There were also 12 stolen vehicles13 disturbances and 38 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. Significant incidents reported by the University of California Police Department (UCPD) included one assault, four burglaries and a weapons call. 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 9

There were four robberies: at 12:15 a.m. in the 2000 block of Ashby Avenue; at 9:15 a.m. in the 2100 block of Oxford Street; at 1:25 p.m. in the 1800 block of Ashby; and at 10:25 p.m. in the 1300 block of Peralta Avenue.

There were two commercial burglaries, at 3:46 a.m. in the 2500 block of Ninth Street, and at 10:15 p.m. in the 2200 block of Oxford. Police arrested a 47-year-old man in connection with the burglary on Oxford but charges do not appear to have been filed, and he is no longer in custody, according to online records from the Alameda County sheriff’s department.

UCPD received two burglary reports. One incident took place at 216 Wellman Hall between 10:30 p.m. Wednesday and 6:40 a.m. Thursday. The burglar smashed a door or window and made off with an Apple iMac desktop computer and monitor valued at $3,700. In the second incident, at Deutsch Hall, Unit 1, a thief stole $500 from three teenage girls, ages 15, 16 and 17. According to UCPD, the incident took place July 7 but was reported Thursday evening. The case remains under investigation.

Two vehicles were stolen, at 7:30 a.m. in the 2000 block of Berkeley Way, and at 11 p.m. in the 1200 block of Berkeley Way.

There was a second-response call at 10 a.m. in the 2500 block of College Avenue.

There were two felony assaults or batteries, at 10:27 a.m. at University Avenue and Chestnut Street, and at 5:40 p.m. at Hearst Avenue and Grant Street. … Continue reading »

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Robber with ‘silver teeth’ evades Berkeley police

Police search Sacramento Street, near Dwight Way, for an armed robber who robbed a laundromat, in Berkeley, on Monday, July 27, 2015. Photo: David Yee
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Update, 2:10 p.m. Berkeley police have left the area around Sacramento Street after the search for an armed robber who struck a laundromat Monday morning turned up empty.

According to a 2:02 p.m. Nixle alert sent over email, “The roadways are now open and Berkeley Police are clearing the area. We would like to thank the community for the patience and understanding while we conducted the search.”

The robbery report came in at about 8:30 a.m. from the Wash and Shop laundromat, at 2450 Sacramento St., according to local residents. The robber reportedly used a gun and took cash from the business.

Police said they “arrived on scene and quickly established a perimeter. Members of our Special Response Team were utilized to conduct the search with the assistance of an Oakland Police Department K-9. The suspect was not located and the investigation into this matter continues.”  … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside blotter: Crime in Berkeley, July 2-8

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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 — we value your eyes and ears, and 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 2-8, there were reports of five robberies12 burglarieseight assaults or batteries, one weapon-involved call and one sexual assault, according to CrimeMapping.com. There were also 17 stolen vehicles14 disturbances and 28 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. Significant incidents reported by the University of California Police Department (UCPD) included two burglaries and a sex crime. 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 2

Five vehicles were stolen: at 3:20 a.m. in the 900 block of Page Street; at 6:30 a.m. in the 2600 block of California Street; at 7 a.m. in the 800 block of Bolivar Drive; at 3:30 p.m. in the 1400 block of Shattuck Avenue; and at 9 p.m. in the 1700 block of La Loma Avenue.

According to UCPD, a burglar broke into a locker at the Golden Bear Restaurant sometime before 10 a.m. and stole a diamond ring and two bottles of cologne. The items had a total estimated value of $1,090, according to UCPD. The incident is still under investigation.

There were two disturbance calls, at 12:15 p.m. in the 2000 block of University Avenue, and at 4:18 p.m. at Park Hills Road and Muir Way.

Police arrested Pierre Jolivette, 42, at 2:15 p.m. in connection with a Ramey warrant for robbery. (No additional information about the incident or arrest was readily available.) Jolivette remains in custody at Santa Rita Jail and was scheduled to enter a plea Thursday morning at the Hayward Hall of Justice.

There was a misdemeanor sexual assault at 2:30 p.m. in the 1400 block of University.

There was a robbery at 3:18 p.m. in the 2100 block of Oxford Street.

There was a commercial burglary at 11:03 p.m. in the 1200 block of San Pablo Avenue.  … Continue reading »

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UC Berkeley police lay ‘bait’ for bike thieves on campus

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For over seven months, the UC Berkeley police have been surreptitiously planting bicycles equipped with tracking technology throughout campus in hopes of catching bike thieves.

The Bait Bike Program was kept confidential during the spring semester, but UCPD announced earlier this month that 31 arrests have been made since the initiative quietly went live in January. Reported bike thefts are down 45%, the department said in a press release.

“The word was starting to get out a little bit so we figured we would go ahead and let the community know we are trying to do something to impact the theft of bicycles,” said UCPD Lieutenant Marc DeCoulode. … Continue reading »

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Alleged Looking Glass Photo burglar caught on video

Police are looking for information on a burglar who stole items from Looking Glass Photo over the weekend. Photo: Looking Glass
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Police are looking for a man who took cameras and lenses from Looking Glass Photo in West Berkeley over the weekend, and the shop has released video footage of the alleged thief.

Jennifer Waicukauski, owner of Looking Glass, posted surveillance footage from the burglary on her Facebook page on Saturday.

“If anyone recognizes the person in this video please contact the Berkeley police department immediately,” she wrote. (The video appears below.) … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside blotter: Crime in Berkeley, June 25 to July 1

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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 — we value your eyes and ears, and 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 June 25 to July 1, there were reports of eight robberies14 burglaries21 assaults or batteries, one weapon-involved call and no sexual assaults, according to CrimeMapping.com. There were also 22 stolen vehicles10 disturbances and 24 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. Significant incidents reported by the University of California Police Department (UCPD) included a robbery, a burglary and the recovery of a stolen vehicle. 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, June 25

Police arrested a 47-year-old man on suspicion of robbery at 12:52 a.m. in connection with a robbery several hours earlier — Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. — in the 1500 block of Shattuck Avenue. The man 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.

Five vehicles were stolen: at 4:30 a.m. in the 1000 block of Keeler Avenue; at 9 a.m. in the 1800 block of Second Street; at 2 p.m. in the 1100 block of Spruce Street; at 6 p.m. in the 2400 block of Ward Street; and at 9:45 p.m. in the 1400 block of Arch Street.

There were two disturbance calls, at 8:05 a.m. in the 2200 block of Channing Way, and at 4:22 p.m. in the 2300 block of Telegraph Avenue.

There was a home burglary at 10 a.m. in the 700 block of Cragmont Avenue.

UCPD arrested Andrew Martinezgil, 27, on suspicion of the strong-arm robbery of a cell phone at University Village in Albany at 10:22 a.m. He is no longer in custody, after posting a bond of $150,000, but is scheduled for a pretrial hearing Aug. 3, according to the Alameda County sheriff’s department.

UCPD responded to a burglary in Dwinelle Hall on the UC Berkeley campus at 10:40 a.m. Someone stole four MacBook Pro laptops worth $3,600, and an Apple iPad valued at $400.

There was a robbery at 5:53 p.m. at Channing and Atherton Street.

There was a commercial burglary at 11 p.m. in the 1000 block of Ashby Avenue.  … Continue reading »

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