Berkeleyside Blotter: Crime in Berkeley, May 8-14

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. See the map key here.
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. See the map key here.

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 recent Berkeley crime coverage here.

The following items represent just a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate. From May 8-14, there were 14 burglary reports25 auto break-in or theft from a vehicle reports, and 16 stolen vehicle reports to the Berkeley Police Department, according to CrimeMapping.comOne robbery and 15 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, May 8


A robbery was reported at 2:10 a.m. at Derby and Dana streets.

Two commercial burglaries were reported, at 3:15 a.m. in the 1500 block of Solano Avenue, and at 9:45 a.m. in the 2200 block of Shattuck Avenue.

Two home burglaries were reported, at 10 a.m. in the 1900 block of Woolsey Street, and at 10 p.m. in the 1800 block of Spruce Street.

Three auto burglaries were reported: at 1:15 p.m. in the 2400 block of Hearst Avenue; at 7:05 p.m. in the 700 block of Hearst; and at 11:25 p.m. in the 100 block of Seawall Drive.

Four vehicles were reported stolen: at 6:30 p.m. in the 1100 block of Arch Street; at 7 p.m. in the 2400 block of Ashby Avenue; at 8:30 p.m. at Derby and Warring streets; and at 10 p.m. in the 2100 block of Stuart Street.

A gun or other weapon was reported at 8:30 p.m. in the 1600 block of Woolsey Street.

There were 14 burglaries reported over this period, via CrimeMapping.com. The prior week there were 13. Click the map for a list of calls.
There were 14 burglaries reported over this period, via CrimeMapping.com. The prior week there were 13. Click the map for a list of calls.

Friday, May 9


Two commercial burglaries were reported, at 2:51 a.m. in the 1800 block of Fourth Street, and at noon in the 2400 block of Le Conte Avenue.

Three burglaries or thefts from vehicles were reported: at noon in the 2300 block of Bowditch Street; at 7:15 p.m. in the 2000 block of Berkeley Way; and at 11 p.m. in the 1200 block of Ordway Street.

series of fights and scuffles broke out in Berkeley’s downtown Friday afternoon between groups of teenagers believed to be from both Berkeley and Oakland schools. Several students were arrested, including one who allegedly used pepper spray as a form of assault. Read more on Berkeleyside.

Two home burglaries were reported, at 5 p.m. in the 2300 block of Derby Street, and at 9 p.m. in the 400 block of Arlington Avenue.

Two vehicles were reported stolen, at 5 p.m. in the 1700 block of Fourth Street, and at 11 p.m. in the 2700 block of Benvenue Avenue. The University of California Police Department also reported that a vehicle had been stolen, at 11:07 a.m. from University Village.

Saturday, May 10


Three vehicles were reported stolen: at 2:09 a.m. in the 1300 block of Carlotta Avenue; at 7:10 p.m. at University Avenue and Bonar Street; and at 8:45 p.m. at Webster Street and Telegraph Avenue.

A commercial burglary was reported at 10:45 a.m. in the 1900 block of Russell Street.

A home burglary was reported at 3:05 p.m. in the 400 block of Spruce Street.

A burglary and theft from vehicles were reported, at 6:56 p.m. in the 700 block of Camelia Street, and at 11:30 p.m. in the 3000 block of Shattuck Avenue.

There were 25 thefts or burglaries from vehicles reported in Berkeley over this period, via CrimeMapping.com. There were 28 reported the prior week. There were also 16 vehicles stolen (shown in purple). Click the map for a list of incidents.
There were 25 thefts or burglaries from vehicles reported in Berkeley over this period, via CrimeMapping.com. There were 28 reported the prior week. There were also 16 vehicles stolen (shown in purple). Click the map for a list of incidents.

Sunday, May 11

A felony sexual assault was reported at 5 a.m. in the 2300 block of Haste Street.

Three vehicles were reported stolen: at 4 p.m. in the 3000 block of Acton Street; at 10 p.m. at Blake and California streets; and at 10 p.m. in the 1600 block of Stuart Street.

A commercial burglary was reported at 5:11 p.m. in the 900 block of Heinz Avenue. Police arrested Leshon Jordan on suspicion of burglary, carrying a concealed weapon and obstruction.

A theft and a burglary from vehicles were reported, at 6 p.m. in the 2400 block of Prince Street, and at 11:08 p.m. in the 2300 block of Browning Street. Police arrested Katherine Gravett in connection with the Browning Street incident.

Monday, May 12

Six thefts or burglaries from vehicles were reported: at 1 a.m. in the 3000 block of Fulton Street; at 3 p.m. in the 2000 block of Oregon Street; at 4:15 p.m. in the 2700 block of Piedmont Avenue; at 5:30 p.m. in the 1300 block of San Pablo Avenue; at 5:30 p.m. in the 900 block of Cragmont Avenue; and at 8 p.m. in the 1700 block of Bancroft Way.

A vehicle was reported stolen at 3:30 p.m. in the 1300 block of Burnett Street.

A breakdown of the most serious crimes reported by day of the week from May 8-14. (Please note: The days of the week are not shown chronologically.) Image: CrimeMapping.com
A breakdown of the most serious crimes reported by day of the week from May 8-14. (Please note: The days of the week are not shown chronologically.) Image: CrimeMapping.com

Tuesday, May 13

Three vehicles were reported stolen: at 2:30 a.m. at Fourth and Addison streets; at 5:40 a.m. in the 3000 block of Claremont Street; and at 8 a.m. at Hearst Avenue and Acton Street.

Two auto burglaries were reported, at 7:30 a.m. in the 700 block of Potter Street, and at 9:16 a.m. in the 2000 block of Center Street. Police arrested Devondre Payton in connection with the Potter Street incident.

An assault was reported at 10:05 a.m. in People’s Park, according to the UC Berkeley Police Department.

A home burglary was reported at 2:20 p.m. in the 3100 block of Lewiston Avenue.

Wednesday, May 14

A burglary was reported at 12:01 a.m. in a residence hall between Durant Avenue and Channing Way just west of Telegraph Avenue, according to UCPD.

Roger Lopez. Image: UCPD
Roger Lopez. Image: UCPD

Police arrested a man linked to a sexual assault earlier in the week. According to the University of California Police Department, officers arrested Roger Lopez at 1:50 a.m. at the intersection of Bancroft Way and Ellsworth Street; he had a warrant for aggravated assault and he is also a sex registrant who is out of compliance. Earlier in the week, police said Lopez was believed to have grabbed a woman in the groin area. The 25-year-old female student had been walking on Dwight Way when police said Lopez began to yell at her, ran up to her and grabbed her. He then ran toward People’s Park. Police detained him but the woman “could not positively identify him as her assailant.” Police said that Lopez made statements that linked him to the incident, and reported that he “has an extensive criminal history.”

Two commercial burglaries were reported, at 12:10 p.m. in the 2100 block of Allston Way, and at 4:30 p.m. in the 1800 block of Dwight Way.

Seven auto burglaries were reported: at 8 p.m. in the 2100 block of Berkeley Way; at 9:10 p.m. at Bancroft Way and Bowditch Street; at 9:15 p.m. in the 2000 block of University Avenue; at 9:30 p.m. in the 100 block of Seawall Drive; at 10:30 p.m. at University and Milvia Street; at 11 p.m. in the 2100 block of Fourth Street; and at 11:15 p.m. in the 200 block of University.

Other recent incidents

Image: UCPD
Image: UCPD

The University of California Police Department has released a composite sketch (left) of a man believed to have committed a robbery in a UC Berkeley family housing complex in Albany in April. On Sunday, April 20, at approximately 1:10 a.m., an armed robbery occurred in University Village in Albany. The victim, a 26-year-old male student, had parked his car near West End Way, not far from his apartment. As the victim was about to put his key in his front door he was approached from behind by a man who displayed a gun. The suspect demanded the victim’s property. The victim complied and the suspect told the victim to go inside. The victim did not see which direction the suspect fled, but he had noticed a light-colored Toyota Camry parked near his apartment with its lights on and someone sitting in the car. The robber was described as a black male, 25-35 years of age, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and 160 pounds, wearing a one-piece, solid dark gray-colored hooded sweatshirt. Anyone with information about this incident can reach UCPD at 510-642-6760.

Jason Do. Image: UCPD
Jason Do. Image: UCPD

Police arrested a student on suspicion of unlawful peeking with an electronic device after he allegedly recorded another student in the shower in a UC Berkeley residence hall, according to the UC Berkeley Police Department. According to police, there were multiple incidents and victims who were recorded. On March 15, a female resident at Maximino Martinez Commons said she was in the shower when “she looked up and saw two hands holding a cellphone above her shower stall. The victim screamed and heard the suspect run away.” Then, April 2, the same female “was showering in the co-ed shower when an individual entered the shower stall next to her. The individual did not turn on the water. The victim looked up and saw a cellphone being pointed at her from the next stall. The victim screamed and the suspect fled the bathroom.” Police identified the suspect as 19-year-old Jason Do. According to the Daily Cal, Do was arrested in connection with six counts of peeping with electronic equipment. He no longer is in custody. He is scheduled for an attorney and plea hearing May 22 at the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in downtown Oakland.

See the full list of Berkeley Police Department calls for service on CrimeMapping.com. See the list of calls to UC Police at Berkeley, which are also posted on CrimeMapping. 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. 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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