Berkeleyside Police Blotter: Crime in Berkeley, 11/28-12/4

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.
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.

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 past crime blotters here.

The following items represent just a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate. From Nov. 28 to Dec. 4, there were 14 burglary reports27 auto break-in or theft from a vehicle reports, and 12 stolen vehicle reports to the Berkeley Police Department, according to CrimeMapping.comEight robberies and nine assaults, domestic violence incidents or batteries were reported. These numbers are subject to change. Click the previous links for the most current information.

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Thursday, Nov. 28


Two robberies were reported, at 3:45 a.m. in the 2100 block of Sixth Street, and at 9:36 p.m. in the 2300 block of California Street.

A home burglary was reported at noon in the 1300 block of Cedar Street.

Two auto burglaries were reported, at 1:24 p.m. in the 200 block of Marina Boulevard, and at 8 p.m. in the 2000 block of Francisco Street.

A commercial burglary was reported at 7 p.m. in the 2300 block of Ward Street.

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A vehicle was reported stolen at 9 p.m. in the 700 block of Creston Road.

There were 14 burglaries reported over this period, via CrimeMapping.com. The prior week there were 29. Click the map for a list of calls.
There were 14 burglaries reported over this period, via CrimeMapping.com. The prior week there were 29. Click the map for a list of calls.

Friday, Nov. 29

An arson was reported at 1:03 a.m. in the 1600 block of Milvia Street. According to Deputy Fire Chief Avery Webb of the Berkeley Fire Department, several trash fires took place in the vicinity, one of which received a one-alarm assignment because it was near a building. That fire scorched the exterior wall of 1601 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, at Cedar Street, but caused no structural damage. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

A vehicle was reported stolen at 4 p.m. in the 1300 block of Milvia.

Two robberies were reported, at 5 p.m. at University and Shattuck avenues, and at 8 p.m. in the 2100 block of San Pablo Avenue.

Four thefts or burglaries from vehicles were reported: at 6 p.m. in the 2000 block of 10th Street; at 9 p.m. in the 1900 block of Stuart Street; at 11 p.m. in the 400 block of Vassar Avenue; and at 11 p.m. in the 1700 block of Milvia.

Also, according to the University of California Police Department, two burglaries took place in a single apartment in Cal’s University Village. The first incident took place sometime between 3:30 p.m. Friday and 3 a.m. Saturday. Someone entered the apartment via an open window. Then, between 9 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday, someone entered the same apartment by unknown means. Two victims came home and interrupted the burglary. Said police in a statement: “A suspect was seen fleeing on foot. A white van was also seen fleeing the scene and may have been involved with the burglary.” Police ask anyone with information to call the University of California Police Department at 510-642-6760, or the Berkeley Police Department at 510-981-5900.

Saturday, Nov. 30

A felony assault or battery was reported at 7:15 a.m. at University and San Pablo avenues.

Three vehicles were reported stolen: at 8 a.m. at Milvia and Russell streets; at noon in the 400 block of Vassar; and at 10:30 p.m. in the 2200 block of Durant Avenue.

Two home burglaries were reported, at noon in the 300 block of Vermont Avenue, and at 2:50 p.m. in the 500 block of Boynton Avenue.

Six thefts or burglaries from vehicles were reported: at noon in the 1900 block of Second Street; at 8 p.m. in the 2300 block of Stuart; at 9 p.m. in the 2300 block of Curtis Street; at 9 p.m. in the 1100 block of Keith Avenue; at 11 p.m. in the 2300 block of Channing Way; and at 11:55 p.m. in the 1100 block of Shattuck Avenue.

There were 27 thefts or burglaries from vehicles reported in Berkeley over this period, via CrimeMapping.com. There were 39 reported the prior week. There were also 12 vehicles stolen (shown in purple). Click the map for a list of incidents.
There were 27 thefts or burglaries from vehicles reported in Berkeley over this period, via CrimeMapping.com. There were 39 reported the prior week. There were also 12 vehicles stolen (shown in purple). Click the map for a list of incidents.

Sunday, Dec. 1

A felony sexual assault was reported at 2 a.m. in the 2100 block of Fourth Street.

Two home burglaries were reported, at 2:57 a.m. in the 2400 block of Prince Street, and at noon in the 1400 block of Fifth Street.

A commercial burglary was reported at 4:21 a.m. in the 600 block of Harrison Street.

Three thefts from vehicles were reported: at noon in the 1200 block of Neilson Street; at 3:30 p.m. in the 1200 block of Carlotta Avenue; and at 11 p.m. at Cornell Avenue and Cedar Street.

Monday, Dec. 2

A gun or other weapon was reported at 1:18 a.m. at Ashby and Claremont avenues.

Four vehicles were reported stolen: at 7 a.m. at Curtis and University; at 7:47 a.m. in the 1200 block of Carrison Street; at 5 p.m. in the 1400 block of Eighth Street; and at 9 p.m. at Addison and Bonar streets.

Three thefts or burglaries from vehicles were reported: at 7 a.m. in the 2400 block of Telegraph Avenue; at noon in the 2300 block of Browning Street; and at 7:45 p.m. in the 1300 block of Queens Road.

Two home burglaries were reported, at 8 a.m. in the 1200 block of Carrison, and at 11 a.m. in the 2300 block of Ninth Street.

A robbery was reported at 3 p.m. in the 2800 block of Adeline Street.

A commercial burglary was reported at 8:45 p.m. in the 2000 block of Hearst Avenue.

A breakdown of the most serious crimes reported by day of the week from Nov. 28 to Dec. 4. Image: CrimeMapping.com
A breakdown of the most serious crimes reported by day of the week from Thursday, Nov. 28 to Wednesday, Dec. 4. (Please note: The days of the week are not shown here chronologically.) Image: CrimeMapping.com

Tuesday, Dec. 3

Three thefts or burglaries from vehicles were reported: at 12:10 a.m. in the 1300 block of Derby Street; at 1:30 a.m. in the 1800 block of Francisco Street; and at 6:35 p.m. in the 1500 block of University Avenue.

A robbery was reported at 6:30 a.m. and King and Harmon streets.

Two commercial burglaries were reported, at 5 p.m. in the 600 block of Page Street, and at 10 p.m. in the 2500 block of Channing.

Wednesday, Dec. 4

Six auto burglaries were reported: at midnight in the 2100 block of Milvia and in the 2600 block of Stuart; at 9 a.m. in the 1900 block of Vine; at 9:45 a.m. in the 200 block of Marina; at 3 p.m. at Fourth and Delaware streets; and at 8:30 p.m. in the 2000 block of Virginia Street.

A home burglary was reported at 3 p.m. in the 1800 block of San Ramon Avenue.

A commercial burglary was reported at 6 p.m. in the 600 block of Cedar Street.

Three vehicles were reported stolen: at 9 p.m. in the 1500 block of San Pablo; at 10 p.m. in the 2200 block of Ninth; and at 11:30 p.m. in the 900 block of Carleton Street.

Two robberies were reported, at 9:30 p.m. at Prince and Wheeler, and at 9:38 p.m. at Prince and Fulton, a block away. In the first case, two suspects used a gun and took property described as “luggage” and its contents, a wallet and a mobile phone, according to police. The suspects were seen fleeing the area in a silver vehicle. One was described as a black male in his 20s, 5 feet 10 inches tall with an average build and wearing all dark clothing. No description was available for the second person. In the second case, also involving a gun, two suspects again took what was described as “luggage” and a wallet. The suspects were seen fleeing the area in a light-colored vehicle. They were both described as black men in the 20s, 6 feet 2 inches tall with all-dark clothing.

Other incidents

UCPD also reported an incident of indecent exposure in Unit 1 of Cheney Hall on Nov. 27 at approximately 11:10 p.m. Officers were dispatched to Cheney Hall regarding a report of a man exposing himself. The 17- and 18-year-old female victims, both students, saw the man standing outside the glass lobby doors exposing his genitals and masturbating. His description was dispatched to other police units and a man matching the description was detained near Davidson Hall in Unit 2. The man was identified by the victims and arrested on suspicion of felony indecent exposure. Police identified the man as Jacob Hansen-Joseph. Police ask anyone with information about this or similar incidents to call the University of California Police Department at 510-642-6760.

Related:
Berkeleyside Police Blotter: Crime in Berkeley, Nov. 21-27 (12.02.13)

See the full list of Berkeley Police Department calls for service on CrimeMapping.com. See the list of calls to UC Police at Berkeley. See also Local Crime News’ regularly published list of arrests of Berkeley residents. Other sources of information on crime in Berkeley include the Police Department’s CrimeView Community and CrimeMapping.com. [Editor’s Note: New calls for service are at times added to the CrimeMapping.com system in an unpredictable manner, and numbers for most types of calls are likely to increase in the days following this report. This post does not reflect every call.]

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Emilie Raguso is senior reporter at Berkeleyside. Email: emilie@berkeleyside.com. Phone: 510-459-8325.