Berkeley Police arrest 1 after theft, chase for 2 suspects in West Berkeley

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Police pursued the suspects on foot in the area surrounded by Fifth Street, Jones Street, Cedar Street, and Fourth Street on the afternoon of Sunday Aug. 23, 2015. Image: Google Maps

Berkeley Police took one young male into custody Sunday afternoon after chasing two suspects through several West Berkeley neighborhoods acting on information supplied by local residents.

According to Lt. Andrew Rateaver of the BPD, the two suspects were involved in a theft and may have fled in, and then crashed and abandoned, a car in the area of Second Street south of Cedar Street.

Starting at around 4:20 p.m. police officers pursued the suspects on foot in the area surrounded by Fifth, Jones, Cedar and Fourth streets.

BPD issued a Nixle alert at 4:43 p.m. advising people to avoid the area while the chase was underway.


Lt Rateaver said he could not confirm what was stolen. However BPD Officer Byron White alerted Berkeleyside on Twitter that a bicycle was stolen.

The police search benefited from “really good citizen cooperation,” Lt Rateaver said. He said local residents helped officers by telling them where they had seen the suspects, such as running through a backyard.

At 5:31 p.m. BPD reported via Nixle that one suspect had been located and that the police activity was concluding. However they were still looking for a “second outstanding suspect in the area along the railroad tracks.”

Starting at around 4:20 p.m. local residents were reporting into Berkeleyside via Twitter that a sweep was underway on the 700 block of Cedar Street and nearby. People reported seeing “tons of cops.”

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside. Email: tracey@citysidejournalism.org.