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From Nov. 5-11, there were reports of five robberies, 20 burglaries, 10 assaults or batteries, one weapon-involved calls and one sexual assault, according to CrimeMapping.com. There were also 11 stolen vehicles, 12 disturbances and 22 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. A robbery, a sex crime and a weapons call 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, Nov. 5
Three vehicles were stolen: at 1:45 a.m. in the 900 block of University Avenue; at 2 a.m. at Sixth and Harrison streets; and at 7 p.m. at Seventh Street. and Allston Way.
There was a disturbance at 7 a.m. in the 1500 block of Bancroft Way.
There were three home burglaries: at 8:45 a.m. in the 2700 block of Regent Street; at 12:15 p.m. in the 1400 block of Ordway Street; and at 1:52 p.m. in the 1200 block of Rose Street.
In the Regent Street incident, police responded at about 9:32 a.m., for a report of a “hot prowl” burglary, which had been interrupted by a resident coming home, said Officer Byron White, a Berkeley Police spokesman. The suspect was described as a black man in his 40s wearing dark clothing, and carrying a television and a guitar. Officers responding to the area noticed a blue sedan driven by a man with a similar description, whose trunk was hanging open, eastbound on Derby Street. The officer tried to pull the man over, but he sped off southbound on College Avenue. One witness told Berkeleyside the driver “drove straight at bus, jumped curb, plowed through yards!” Officers lost sight of the vehicle after Ashby Avenue. The case remains under investigation.
During a large rally and march by Berkeley High students in response to a racist statement found at the library, there were multiple reports of phone thefts downtown, community members told Berkeleyside. The crowd was estimated to include more than 700 students and the event was described as well-organized, focused and peaceful. However, police later confirmed that one Cal student was walking near Shattuck and Allston when an unidentified suspect approached her from behind and stole her iPhone from her hand. The suspect was last seen fleeing down into the BART station, said BPD. A female BHS student also had her phone stolen from her hand by a fellow student, according to a report from a BHS mom who said she heard of “up to 10 phones” stolen on walkout day. BPD Officer Stephanie Polizziani checked the calls for service that day and noticed nothing “out of the ordinary,” she told Berkeleyside. “Looks like no robberies, a few thefts, and a few grand thefts.”
UCPD cited a 43-year-old man for possession of a knife, with a blade longer than 3 inches, in People’s Park at 3:33 p.m.
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