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Berkeley police chase leads to stolen car, burglary tools

A man found in a stolen car led police on a short foot chase Thursday. Image: Google Maps
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A man who led police on a short foot chase Thursday was linked to a stolen car full of burglary tools, authorities said Friday.

Thursday just before 1 p.m., the Berkeley Police Department received a call about a man in South Berkeley who was slumped over in a car that reportedly had been running for three hours, said Capt. Andrew Greenwood.

Police and paramedics responded to the 2900 block of Adeline Street, and found a 41-year-old man who was later identified as Roberto Pasillas of Berkeley. … Continue reading »

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Authorities: Berkeley Apple store thief strikes again

Police say Mohannad Halaweh rented a 2012 McLaren luxury sports car using a stolen credit card number. Photo: Sonoma County Sheriff's Office
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A Rohnert Park teenager who allegedly used a fraudulent credit card to buy 14 iPhones from the Berkeley Apple store earlier this year is facing new charges in Sonoma County after authorities say he used a stolen credit card number to rent a high-end sports car and $12 million vacation house this month.

Officers arrested 19-year-old Mohannad Halaweh on June 4 at 6:45 p.m. after spotting him with a friend after they were stopped in a 2012 McLaren sports car, according to a statement from the Sonoma County sheriff’s department.

The McLaren, worth approximately $240,000, had been reported stolen after the credit card used to rent it was determined to have been fraudulent, said Sgt. Michael Raasch of the Sonoma County sheriff’s office Monday. … Continue reading »

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

Fourth Street Apple store. Photo: Patrick Nagel
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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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Robberies rise, but serious crime down overall in 2013

Serious crime reports in Berkeley continue to show a downward trend for the most part. Click the graph to see the full report. Image: Berkeley Police
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Pedestrian robberies, home burglaries, aggravated assaults and vehicle thefts rose in 2013 over the prior year, though the overall number of serious crimes fell, according to new data from the Berkeley Police Department that will be reported to the Berkeley City Council later this month.

Most of the increases were small, with the exception of robbery reports, which rose from 334 in 2012 to 409 in 2013. Auto thefts rose from 639 to 668.

A significant drop in larceny reports, from 4,102 to 3,664, brought the number of overall serious crime reports down from 6,209 in 2012 to 5,890 last year. … Continue reading »

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Tech company after burglary: Do you know this man?

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Berkeley police are investigating the theft of four laptop computers on Monday from Tech Soft 3D at 931 Ashby Ave. near Seventh Street.

Police responded within 10 minutes to an alarm that went off around 6:47 a.m. on Jan. 20, but did not see any signs of forced entry, according to Officer Jennifer Coats, spokeswoman for the department. Around 10:17 a.m. an employee of the company called to say four computers were missing, said Coats.

Footage from Tech Soft’s security camera revealed these photos of an unidentified man in the company’s offices around the time the burglar alarm went off, according to Eric Smith, a senior network administrator. The company has shown them to the police, said Coats. (It looks like the time stamp for the camera was not readjusted to reflect the shift from Daylight Savings to Standard time.) … Continue reading »

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Alleged yoga class burglar arrested in Berkeley

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A man authorities say is responsible for a series of burglaries over the past year in Berkeley at four yoga studios, a capoeira gym and a restaurant has been charged with six felony commercial burglary counts by the Alameda County district attorney’s office.

According to court documents, Berkeley police say 20-year-old Christopher D. Newton stole unattended wallets, often while participants took classes.

Police said Newton would then use the pilfered credit cards to make purchases before victims knew to cancel the cards. … Continue reading »

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Residents fight off burglar during home invasion attempt

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A San Pablo man arrested just before Christmas, after authorities said he tried to break into a Berkeley home while residents were inside, has been scheduled for a pre-trial hearing later this month.

According to police, residents in a home in the 2900 block of Hillegass Avenue fought off a man who tried to break into their home on Dec. 24 just before 7:15 a.m. … Continue reading »

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2 felons with assault rifle charged in Berkeley burglary

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Two four-time felons charged earlier this month with a recent Berkeley burglary are set to go before an Alameda County judge for a pre-trial hearing Thursday morning.

Antonio Perry of Berkeley and Antoine Ford of Antioch were arrested Nov. 26 after a report of a “hot prowl” burglary in Berkeley in the 2400 block of Haste Street, just east of Telegraph Avenue, during which a suspect smashed a glass door to an apartment while the unknowing resident was asleep inside.

Berkeley Police said, in court documents, that a witness reported seeing one of the men, identified as Ford, enter a home on Haste while a man identified as Perry acted as a lookout and, later, a get-away driver.

The witness told police that Ford broke the apartment door just before midnight, then left in a vehicle driven by Perry. Police responded to the area but were unable to find them, and the apartment resident told police that nothing had been taken.

Less than two hours later, the witness again called police to report that the car, a Ford Focus, and several occupants had returned to the block. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley Police arrest 2 after burglary-in-progress call

Police said they caught two burglars in North Berkeley on Tuesday afternoon. Photo: Aaron Gobler
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Berkeley Police arrested two suspects at around 1:30 p.m Tuesday in relation to a burglary on Grant Street between Rose and Vine in North Berkeley.

Kai Williams, 18, of Berkeley was charged with burglary and Khadijah Bell, 19, of Oakland was charged with burglary and resisting arrest, according to acting Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Stephanie Polizziani.

Police responded to the 1400 block of Grant to a call of a burglary in progress at approximately 1338 hours, she said. … Continue reading »

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Police arrest mother, daughter after Berkeley Hills burglary

Police arrested two women after a burglary on Forest Lane earlier this month. Image: CrimeMapping.com
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Berkeley police arrested two El Sobrante women identified as mother and daughter after a burglary in the 200 block of Forest Lane in early October. One of the women is scheduled to appear in court today, Friday, Nov. 1.

The arrest was detailed in the latest Berkeley Police Department newsletter, which was released in late October.

On Oct. 7, officers responded to Forest Lane in the Berkeley Hills after a neighbor reported seeing a suspicious woman going into her neighbor’s home. She told police she thought it was suspicious, in part, because she knew her neighbor and did not recognize the woman.

“When the resident saw the woman carrying a bunch of items out of the house, she knew something was not right and called BPD,” wrote police in the newsletter. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley pedestrian robberies up 35%, burglaries up too

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Police saw steep increases in burglaries and pedestrian robberies in the first half of 2013, according to the mid-year crime report produced by the Berkeley Police Department, though serious crime reports overall were essentially flat when compared to last year.

The mid-year crime report is scheduled to come before the Berkeley City Council in a special session at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, in the council chambers at 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

Police said pedestrian robberies are up 35% over the same period last year. Burglaries are up 11%. But overall serious crimes — which include homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, auto theft and arson — increased just 0.4%, from 2,927 to 2,940. … Continue reading »

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Man arrested, 2 at-large after interrupted burglary attempt

Police said two suspects got away after their burglary attempt was interrupted over the weekend. Image: Google maps
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One man was arrested and two others remain at-large after they were confronted while trying to break into a home south of campus over the weekend, police said.

Officer Jennifer Coats, police spokeswoman, said the trio was confronted by several people at 12:15 a.m. Saturday in the 2300 block of Warring Street, near Bancroft Way.

Coats said one of the would-be burglars, later identified as Daron Glenn Anderson Jr., brandished a knife and threatened to hurt the people trying to stop the burglary. … Continue reading »

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Fingerprints help police arrest 3 in Senior Avenue assault

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Berkeley Police detectives have arrested three West Sacramento residents in connection with an interrupted burglary in the Berkeley hills in December during which thieves ran over a local resident.

Authorities announced the arrests Tuesday night at a special session before the City Council related to the Berkeley Police Department’s 2012 crime report. They provided additional detail Wednesday in a written statement.

According to the statement, a man walking his dog on Dec. 11 returned home to the 300 block of Senior Avenue around 3:15 p.m.

He “saw an unfamiliar car parked in the driveway of his house, occupied by a female sitting in the driver seat. At the same time, the resident heard noises coming from inside his house.” … Continue reading »

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