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Berkeleyside blotter: Crime in Berkeley, Jan. 8-14

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This is an overview of recent crime in Berkeley, exclusively compiled by Berkeleyside, and based on reports to the Berkeley Police Department unless otherwise noted. The following items represent a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate.

From Jan. 8-14, there were reports of six robberies24 burglaries10 assaults or batteries, four weapon-involved calls and no sexual assaults, according to CrimeMapping.com. There were also 16 stolen vehiclessix disturbances and 37 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. Significant incidents from the University of California Police Department (UCPD) included a burglary and two calls involving a weapon. These numbers are subject to change. Click the links above for the latest numbers.

Please don’t hesitate to share photos, videos or tips, about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at tips@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.

Thursday, Jan. 8

There was a home burglary at 4 a.m. in the 3000 block of Benvenue Avenue.

There were three vehicles stolen: at 8:45 a.m. in the 1800 block of Derby Street; at 7:30 p.m. in the 1300 block of Carrison Street; and at 9 p.m. in the 2100 block of Ward Street.

There was a commercial burglary at 3:04 p.m. in the 1800 block of Fourth Street. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside blotter: Crime in Berkeley, Jan. 1-7

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This is an overview of recent crime in Berkeley, exclusively compiled by Berkeleyside, and based on reports to the Berkeley Police Department unless otherwise noted. The following items represent a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate.

From Jan. 1-7, there were reports of 13 robberies20 burglaries11 assaults or batteries, one weapon-involved call and one sexual assault, according to CrimeMapping.com. There were also six stolen vehicleseight disturbances and 23 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. Significant incidents from the University of California Police Department (UCPD) included one call involving a weapon. These numbers are subject to change. Click the links above for the latest numbers.

Please don’t hesitate to share photos, videos or tips, about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at tips@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.

Thursday, Jan. 1

There were four robberies: at 1:30 a.m. in the 2000 block of University Avenue; at 4 a.m. in the 1800 block of University; at 6:46 p.m. in the 2000 block of Kittredge Street; and at 8:45 p.m. in the 1200 block of Haskell Street.

There was an arson at 6:55 a.m. in the 100 block of Berkeley Square.

A home was burglarized at 6:10 p.m. in the 2300 block of Acton Street. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside blotter: Crime in Berkeley, Dec. 25-31

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This is an overview of recent crime in Berkeley, exclusively compiled by Berkeleyside, and based on reports to the Berkeley Police Department unless otherwise noted. The following items represent a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate.

From Dec. 25-31, there were reports of 27 burglaries, 32 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles18 stolen vehicles and 11 disturbances, according to CrimeMapping.com. Two robberiesnine assaults or batteries, no weapon-related calls and no sexual assaults were reported. Significant incidents from the University of California Police Department (UCPD) included one arson and one robbery. These numbers are subject to change. Click the links above for the latest numbers.

Please don’t hesitate to share photos, videos or tips, about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at tips@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.

Thursday, Dec. 25

Two vehicles were stolen, at 12:50 a.m. in the 1800 block of West Street, and at 3 p.m. at Fifth and Camelia streets.

There were two home burglaries, at 6:10 a.m. in the 2300 block of Parker Street, and at 7:30 a.m. in the 2200 block of McKinley Avenue.

There were four disturbance calls: at noon in the 1400 block of Eighth Street; at 1:17 p.m. in the 2600 block of Telegraph Avenue; at 5:30 p.m. in the 2500 block of Haste Street; and at 6:21 p.m. in the 1200 block of Allston Way.

There was a commercial burglary at 4:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of Overlook Road.

There was a felony assault or battery at 11:05 p.m. at Fourth Street and Hearst Avenue. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside blotter: Crime in Berkeley, Dec. 18-24

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This is an overview of recent crime in Berkeley, exclusively compiled by Berkeleyside, and based on reports to the Berkeley Police Department unless otherwise noted. The following items represent a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate.

From Dec. 18-24, there were reports of 19 burglaries, 33 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles10 stolen vehicles and 13 disturbances, according to CrimeMapping.com. Seven robberies13 assaults or batteries, two weapon-related calls and two sexual assaults were reported. Significant incidents from the University of California Police Department (UCPD) included three burglaries and three vehicle thefts. These numbers are subject to change. Click the links above for the latest numbers.

Please do not hesitate to share photos, videos and tips, about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at tips@berkeleyside.com or on Facebook or Twitter; let us know up front 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.

Thursday, Dec. 18

There were five home burglaries: at midnight in the 1900 block of Berkeley Way; at 5 a.m. in the 1800 block of Oxford Street; at 5 p.m. in the 900 block of Cragmont Avenue; at 5:30 p.m. in the 800 block of Contra Costa Avenue; and at 8 p.m. in the 1600 block of University Avenue. Police arrested Sonya Taylor, 41, in connection with the University Avenue incident; she remains in custody at Santa Rita Jail with a bail of $75,000 and is scheduled for a pretrial hearing Jan. 5.

Police arrested 50-year-old Teena Alexander of Berkeley on a warrant for a robbery Nov. 28 a 1:30 a.m. at San Pablo and University avenues. She remains in custody at Santa Rita Jail with a bail of $80,000 and is scheduled for a preliminary examination Jan. 6.

UCPD handled a burglary at 9:31 a.m. in the 2400 block of Durant Avenue in Unit 3.

Berkeley Police arrested 21-year-old Janell Wheat of Berkeley on a warrant from a burglary Oct. 13 at 1:30 p.m. in the 200 block of The Bridge Road in Berkeley. She is set for further pretrial Jan. 8 and remains in custody at Santa Rita Jail with a bail of $50,000.

Police handled a call involving a gun or other weapon at 1:24 p.m. on Interstate 80. Officer Byron White, a Berkeley Police spokesman, said the CHP had issued an alert for officers to be on the lookout for a driver who had pointed a gun at another driver on the freeway. Berkeley officers patrolling around Ashby Avenue spotted the vehicle and detained the driver at Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Police recovered a handgun inside the vehicle, and the case remains under investigation. White said, by email, that “the case will most likely be forwarded to the DA’s office for a decision on whether or not to charge it.” … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside blotter: Crime in Berkeley, Dec. 11-17

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This is an overview of recent crime in Berkeley, exclusively compiled by Berkeleyside, and based on reports to the Berkeley Police Department unless otherwise noted. The following items represent a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate.

From Dec. 11-17, there were reports of seven burglaries, 25 auto break-ins or thefts from vehiclesnine stolen vehicles and 10 disturbances, according to CrimeMapping.com. Three robberieseight assaults or batteries, two weapon-related calls and two sexual assaults were reported. Significant incidents from the University of California Police Department (UCPD) included two robberies, a vehicle theft and a weapon-involved call. These numbers are subject to change. Click the links above for the latest numbers.

Please do not hesitate to share photos, videos and tips, about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at tips@berkeleyside.com or on Facebook or Twitter; let us know up front 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.

Thursday, Dec. 11

Three vehicles were stolen: at 9:30 a.m. in the 900 block of Parker Street; at 4:30 p.m. in the 2100 block of Spaulding Avenue; and at 11 p.m. at University Avenue and Fourth Street.

Shortly before 11 a.m., the station agent at Ashby BART reported a female who was removing her clothing. A BART Police officer responded and determined that the female was too intoxicated to care for herself, so she was booked into the Santa Rita Jail on suspicion of public intoxication. … Continue reading »

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More details emerge on UCPD carjacking, robbery arrests

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Three Concord teenagers alleged to have kidnapped and carjacked a couple on Grizzly Peak Boulevard on Thanksgiving Day have been charged with 11 felonies in connection with robberies in Oakland and Walnut Creek on Nov. 27.

Authorities said they also matched the description, and were linked by surveillance footage and a license plate, to a robbery and attempted robbery in Lafayette that same day.

Police investigators said the crew first carjacked a couple on Grizzly Peak, and forced them to drive to an ATM in Walnut Creek to withdraw cash. Afterward, the group is alleged to have robbed another couple on Grizzly Peak, pistol whipping one victim and stealing a container of coins and other property.

The Alameda County district attorney’s office has identified the teens as Jose Avila and Brenton Holtzclaw, both 18, and Ricardo Padilla, 17. (Padilla’s name was not released previously by police because he is a minor, but he is being charged as an adult and his name appears alongside those of his co-defendants on court documents.) The charges — of second-degree robbery, kidnapping to commit robbery, kidnapping for carjacking, carjacking and assault with a deadly weapon — involve five separate victims. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside blotter: Crime in Berkeley, Dec. 4-10

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This is an overview of recent crime in Berkeley, exclusively compiled by Berkeleyside, and based on reports to the Berkeley Police Department unless otherwise noted. The following items represent a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate.

From Dec. 4-10, there were reports of 21 burglaries, 18 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles10 stolen vehicles and 26 disturbances, according to CrimeMapping.com. Eight robberies26 assaults or batteries, three weapon-related calls and two sexual assaults were reported. Significant incidents from the University of California Police Department (UCPD) included two robberies, two vehicle thefts and a weapon-involved call. These numbers are subject to change. Click the links above for the latest numbers.

Please do not hesitate to share photos, videos and tips, about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at tips@berkeleyside.com or on Facebook or Twitter; let us know up front 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.

Thursday, Dec. 4

There were three disturbance calls: at 7:50 a.m. in the 2400 block of Eighth Street; at 7 p.m. in the 1900 block of San Pablo Avenue; and at 10:22 p.m. in the 2500 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

There were two robberies, at 3:15 p.m. at Haste and Atherton streets, and at 10:15 p.m. at Haste and Milvia streets.

There were two felony assaults, at 3:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of Bancroft Way, and at 11:05 p.m. in the 2700 block of Telegraph Avenue. Police arrested a 47-year-old man in connection with the incident on Bancroft Way, but he is no longer in custody and does not appear to have been charged, according to online records from the Alameda County district attorney’s office. Police arrested 33-year-old Adam Schmidt on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm in connection with the incident on Telegraph Avenue. He remains in custody at Santa Rita Jail with a bail of $80,000, and is set for a preliminary examination Dec. 22.

A vehicle was stolen at 4:30 p.m. in the 2500 block of Durant Avenue. According to UCPD, a vehicle also was stolen at 8:23 p.m. from the West Berkeley Lot.

There was a home burglary at 10 p.m. in the 2200 block of Durant Avenue.  … Continue reading »

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3 teens arrested after Grizzly Peak kidnapping

The view from Grizzly Peak Boulevard near Signpost 15. Photo: Tracey Taylor
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Police have arrested three Concord teenagers in connection with the Thanksgiving Day kidnapping, carjacking and armed robbery of two people on Grizzly Peak Boulevard, authorities have announced.

Taken into custody Tuesday were 18-year-olds Jose Avila and Brenton Holtzclaw. A 17-year-old male from Concord linked to the case was already in custody for a different matter, and will be prosecuted as an adult, police said. His name was not released, however, because he is a minor.

Read more details about the case in this Berkeleyside update.

Said University of California Police Department spokesman Lt. Eric Tejada in a prepared statement: “This investigation was successful thanks to assistance from several law enforcement agencies including the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office and police departments of the City of Concord, City of Pleasant Hill and City of Oakland.” … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside blotter: Crime in Berkeley, 11/27-12/3

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This is an overview of recent crime in Berkeley, exclusively compiled by Berkeleyside, and based on reports to the Berkeley Police Department unless otherwise noted. The following items represent a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate.

From Nov. 27 to Dec. 3, there were reports of 21 burglaries, 19 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles14 stolen vehicles and 11 disturbances, according to CrimeMapping.com. Five robberiessix assaults or batteries, one weapon-related call and two sexual assaults were reported. Significant incidents from the University of California Police Department (UCPD) included three robberies and four burglaries. These numbers are subject to change. Click the links above for the latest numbers.

Please do not hesitate to share photos, videos and tips, about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at tips@berkeleyside.com or on Facebook or Twitter; let us know up front 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.

Thursday, Nov. 27

There were five home burglaries: at 12:01 a.m. in the 2000 block of Shattuck Avenue; at 9 a.m. in the 900 block of Virginia Street; at 9:30 a.m. in the 1700 block of Rose Street; at 10:30 a.m. in the 1700 block of Spruce Street; and at 2 p.m. in the 1400 block of Berkeley Way.

There were two robberies, at 1:30 a.m. at Russell Street and San Pablo Avenue, and at 9:48 p.m. at Telegraph Avenue and Bancroft Way.

According to UCPD: Three men armed with handguns and a baseball bat kidnapped and robbed a man and a woman at a dirt turn-out along Grizzly Peak Boulevard at 2 a.m. Read more on Berkeleyside.

Four vehicles were stolen: at noon in the 800 block of Santa Barbara Road; at 1:30 p.m. in the 2900 block of Garber Street; at 8:45 p.m. in the 2900 block of Garber; and at 11 p.m. in the 2000 block of Ninth Street. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside blotter: Crime in Berkeley, Nov. 20-26

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This is an overview of recent crime in Berkeley, exclusively compiled by Berkeleyside, and based on reports to the Berkeley Police Department unless otherwise noted. The following items represent a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate.

From Nov. 20-26, there were reports of 27 burglaries, 28 auto break-ins or thefts from vehiclesnine stolen vehicles and 17 disturbances, according to CrimeMapping.com. Eleven robberies13 assaults or batteries, no weapon-related calls and two sexual assaults were reported. Significant incidents from the University of California Police Department (UCPD) included an arson, three burglaries, a sex crime and a weapon-related call. These numbers are subject to change. Click the links above for the latest numbers.

Please do not hesitate to share photos, videos and tips, about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at tips@berkeleyside.com or on Facebook or Twitter; let us know up front 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.

Thursday, Nov. 20

There were five home burglaries: at 2:17 a.m. in the 2100 block of Russell Street; at 5:30 a.m. in the 2600 block of Regent Street; at 8 a.m. in the 900 block of Creston Road; at 8:15 a.m. in the 1300 block of Derby Street; and at 5:30 p.m. in the 1900 block of Sacramento Street. Police arrested Jason Wells, 41, in connection with the Russell Street incident on suspicion of second-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools and committing a felony while on bail, along with other violations.

There were three commercial burglaries: at 3 a.m. in the 2900 block of Telegraph Avenue; at 4:05 a.m. in the 2900 block of College Avenue; and at 11:22 a.m. in the 1800 block of University Avenue.

Police responded to three disturbance calls: at 11:35 a.m. in the 1800 block of San Pablo Avenue; at 3:40 p.m. in the 2500 block of Telegraph Avenue; and at 9:08 p.m. in the 2600 block of San Pablo Avenue. … Continue reading »

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Suspects in Grizzly Peak robbery, kidnapping identified

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Update, Dec. 17: UCPD spokesman Lt. Eric Tejada said the initial release that went out saying three people had been arrested in this case had been wrong, and has since been corrected. The release posted online now reads that three people were identified in the case Dec. 1.

“This investigation is ongoing, but three suspects have been identified. There is reason to believe that these suspects committed similar additional crimes in the hills above Berkeley & Oakland on the night of Wednesday, November 26th / early morning of Thursday, November 27th (Thanksgiving Day). We are asking for any additional victims or witnesses to please contact the UC Berkeley Police Department or their own local police department to make a report as soon as possible.”

UCPD sends out crime alerts by email, but never sent out a corrected news release.

The department announced Dec. 17 that arrests were made Tuesday. Read more on Berkeleyside.

The headline and story below have now been corrected to reflect the accurate information. … Continue reading »

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Armed robbery, kidnapping on Grizzly Peak Blvd

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Three men armed with handguns and a baseball bat kidnapped and robbed a man and a woman at a dirt turn-out along Grizzly Peak Boulevard at 2 a.m. today.

The two victims, a 26-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man, were sitting in their car looking out toward the bay. Three suspects, two armed with handguns and one with a baseball bat, approached them and demanded money. The victims had no money on them, so one suspect entered their car and demanded that they drive to an ATM. The other suspects followed in their car.

At the ATM, the victims provided the suspects with the money and the suspects left the area. There were no injuries during the encounter. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside blotter: Crime in Berkeley, Nov. 13-19

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This is an overview of recent crime in Berkeley, exclusively compiled by Berkeleyside, and based on reports to the Berkeley Police Department unless otherwise noted. The following items represent a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate.

From Nov. 13-19, there were reports of 14 burglaries31 auto break-ins or thefts from vehiclesfive stolen vehicles and 18 disturbances, according to CrimeMapping.com. Six robberies11 assaults or batteries, no weapon-related calls and no sexual assaults were reported. Significant incidents from the University of California Police Department included a robbery, two stolen vehicles and a weapon-related call. These numbers are subject to change. Click the links above for the latest numbers.

Please do not hesitate to share photos, videos and tips, about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at tips@berkeleyside.com or on Facebook or Twitter; let us know up front 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.

Thursday, Nov. 13

Police responded to four disturbances: at 5:20 a.m. in the 2700 block of Seventh Street; at 6:38 a.m. in the 2500 block of Regent Street; at 11:23 a.m. at University Avenue and Fifth Street; and at 3:35 p.m. in the 2600 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

There were five home burglaries: at 7:50 a.m. in the 1700 block of Blake Street; at 8 a.m. in the 2100 block of Sacramento Street; at 8 a.m. in the 1400 block of Hopkins Street; at 10:40 a.m. in the 700 block of San Luis Road; and at 2 p.m. in the 1500 block of Hearst Avenue.

There was a robbery at 1:45 p.m. in the 2100 block of Shattuck Avenue. … Continue reading »

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