This is a partial list of recent crimes in Berkeley prepared by the Berkeley Police Department. For other sources of information on crime in Berkeley see Community CrimeView and Crimemapping.com.
Robbery of a Bike via Punches – Thousand Oaks School (after school hours) #2011-00038709
An 18 year old Berkeley young man was riding his “Fit” brand BMX style bicycle on the Thousand Oaks School grounds, 800 block of Colusa Avenue. It was 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 and school was done for the day. A male suspect walked up to the cyclist and began punching him until he got off his bike. A nearby neighbor called BPD after witnessing what appeared to be a crime in progress. BPD officers converged in the area looking for the suspect but were not able to find him. The victim declined medical attention at the scene and said he was not injured during the crime.
The victim described the suspect as “a white male late teen or adult, light complexion, blonde hair past his shoulders, 16-19 years old, 5’7 in height, 140-160 pounds, wearing a white t-shirt.
Stolen Bike – a silver “Fit” brand BMX style bicycle, green spokes, purple handle bars and purple pegs.
Strong Arm Robbery of Purse – 2000 Block of Durant Avenue #2011-00038728
A 20 year old woman was walking to a party in the 2000 block of Durant Avenue on Wednesday night, July 13, 2011. It was about 9:10 p.m., when she glanced behind her and saw a male suspect behind her. He suddenly grabbed her purse and she held onto it. The suspect then pushed her to the sidewalk, pulled the purse from her and ran west on Durant Avenue. She watched as the suspect got into an older model dark sedan that sped northbound on Milvia Street. The victim told BPD officers that she was not physically injured during the robbery.
The victim described the suspect as “a black male adult, in his 20s, dark skin, short hair, 6’3”tall, thin build wearing a black jacket, white t-shirt and blue jeans.”
Burglary of Home – 1XX The Uplands #2011-00038630
A male community member left his home in the 100 block of The Uplands at about 12:20 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13, 2011. He went to run a short errand. When he returned to his home at about 12:50 p.m., he found his front door ajar. He called BPD. BPD officers responded, entered and cleared the home to make certain that no suspect or suspects was/were still inside. The officers deemed it safe to go inside to investigate. The BPD case officer saw the front door jamb was damaged and pieces of the lock scattered were on the floor in the hallway. The officer and the homeowner searched areas of the house to determine what had been disturbed, prowled or stolen. house missing items and items disturbed. In the first level, I found drawers of a dresser left open and cabinets open in the dining room. The homeowner knew that some jewelry had been taken but he told the officer that he would create a detailed list and add it to the report in the upcoming days.
Stolen Car – Ward & Grant Streets
A Berkeley man said he parked his car at the intersection of Ward and Grant Streets on Sunday, July 10 at about 9:00 p.m. When he went to move it on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 10:00 p.m., the 2002 Cadillac Escalade was missing. No one had permission to take the car and he had the keys. The BPD officer documented the crime and entered the plate into the Stolen Vehicle System, a national searchable database for stolen cars and plates. (SVS)
Vandalism to Vehicle – 2800 block of Seventh Street
A City of Novato man reported to a BPD officer that he parked his 2000 green Subaru Outback in a parking lot in the 2800 block of Seventh Street on Tuesday July 12, 2011 at about 4:00 p.m. He said that all the doors were locked and there was no damage to his car. When he returned to his Outback at 6:20 p.m., the right rear passenger window was smashed out, but he did not find anything inside the car missing.
Theft of Catalytic Converter -1600 block of Ashby Avenue
Sometime between 6:00 p.m. on July 11 and 6:30 a.m. on July 12, 2011, a suspect or suspects stole a 1999 Toyota Tacoma catalytic converter from a Berkeley man’s truck. The community member told the BPD officer that he parked his Toyota truck in the unsecured apartment complex parking lot where he lives in the 1600 block of Ashby Avenue. The next morning, he tried to start his truck and heard a loud noise coming from underneath. He looked and saw that his catalytic converter had been cut and removed from his muffler.
Theft of Motorcycle plate – 1500 block of Holly Street
A San Francisco man parked his 2005 Suzuki motorcycle on June 30th in the 1500 block of Holly Street. On Tuesday, July 12, 2011 when he went to ride it at about 8:00 p.m., he saw that the his rear license plate was missing. He called BPD to make a theft report. The BPD officer documented the crime and entered the plate into the Stolen Vehicle System, a national searchable database for stolen cars and plates. (SVS)
Armed Pedestrian Robbery – 2500 block of Stuart Street #2011-38539
A 24 year old woman was walking home on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 9:10 p.m. She was in the 2500 block of Stuart Street when two men walked up to her from behind. One of the men asked her what time it was. She pulled out her cell phone to check the time and told the two. Then one of the men asked to borrow the phone to make a call. When she asked them a question, one of the suspects then grabbed cell phone her with great force. The suspects then fled southbound on Regent Street in “a green Japanese style car.” (victim description)
The victim described the suspects as #1 “a black male adult, 20-25, 6’1”, thin build, short dreads, clean shaven wearing a black t-shirt.”#2 “a black male adult, 20-25, 6’2”,thin build, short hair, clean shaven wearing a white t-shirt.”
Armed Pedestrian Robbery – Parker & Regent Streets #2011-38571
On Parker and Regent Streets, a male suspect walked up to a young woman at 1:10 a.m. on July 12th, pointed a gun at her and demanded all of her property. The victim gave the suspect her bag that held her wallet and cell phone. The victim made her way home and called BPD 20 minutes after the crime to report it. In her statement, she told the BPD officer that the suspect fled on foot southbound on Regent Street then out of sight. She was not physically injured during the robbery.
The victim described the suspect as “a black male adult, 19-23 years old, 5’7”-5’9”, thin build, black bandana over his mouth wearing a gray pullover hoody and dark pants.”
Armed Pedestrian Robbery – 2400 Block of Dwight Way #2011-38568
Three young women, all 19 years old, one confirmed affiliation, were robbed at gunpoint on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at about 1:10 a.m. The group told BPD officers that they were walking together in the 2400 block of Dwight Way when a male suspect walked up to them, pointed a handgun at them. The suspect demanded their purses. Two of the women had purses and handed them over, while the third did not have any purse or wallet in her possession at the time of the crime. The suspect fled on foot. The women were not physically injured during the robbery. BPD and UCPD officers did area checks but did not find the suspect.
The victims described the suspect as “a black male adult, in his 20s, black hair, 5’8-5’10, thin build wearing a grey or blue hooded sweatshirt and dark sweatpants.”
Calls for service (CFS)
DATE/TIME ADDRESS BEAT TYPE CASE LOCATION VIA ITEMS SUSPECT
7/8/2011 9:32 21XX PARKER ST 5SE 484 2011-00037707 SURVEILLANCE CAMERA
7/8/2011 13:56 23XX BANCROFT WAY 6W 484 2011-00037740 LOCK CUT BIKE
7/5/2011 19:07 26XX ELLSWORTH ST 6S 10851 2011-00037189 08 blk YAMAHA Scooter
7/5/2011 16:53 12XX ASHBY AVE 13W 459A 2011-00037168 WINDOW PRY FASTRAK, MP3 CONVERT
7/6/2011 9:33 20XX FOURTH ST 16S 459A 2011-00037253 DOOR PRY UNK
7/4/2011 17:11 14XX MARTIN LUTHER KING JR 1S 459A 2011-00036900 LOCK CHEAT STEREO
7/10/2011 8:20 22XX VIRGINIA ST 2S 459A 2011-00038043 WINDOW SMASH CDs, KEYS, PROWLED
7/5/2011 13:13 14XX ADA ST 18E 459C 2011-00037126 UNK ENTRY 350’COPPER WIRE
7/8/2011 8:26 29XX REGENT ST 9E 459C 2011-00037683 OPEN DOOR HP Desktop/Compaq Laptop
7/7/2011 15:56 22XX JEFFERSON AVE 5NW 459R 2011-00037549 UNK ENTRY COINS, PURSES
7/8/2011 7:23 24XX SPAULDING AVE 5SW 459R 2011-00037680 DOOR PRY TV, WATCHES
7/10/2011 23:39 CARLETON ST/CALIFORNIA ST 12NW 211 2011-00038168 S/A, THREATS iPhone 4, CASH 2 BMAs, 22-25, ONE 6-1 & ONE 5-9
7/10/2011 16:10 21XX SHATTUCK AVE 4E 484 2011-00038110 REAR LIC PLATE
7/10/2011 21:54 9X SHATTUCK SQ 4E 484 2011-00038164 UNATTENDED iPhone 4, TIPS BMA, MID 30s, 5-6, SLIM, BLU SHORT SLEEV SHIRT
7/10/2011 12:18 20xx DURANT AVE 5NE 10851 2011-00038074 03 white ACURA TL
7/10/2011 10:32 27xx SAN PABLO AVE 15S 459A 2011-00038063 CONVERT. SLASH NOTHING, PROWLED
7/9/2011 2:17 26xx SAN PABLO AVE 15N 211 2011-00037863 STRONG ARM PURSE BFA, 36, 5-6,165, & 2 BMAs, 28-30, 5-9 AND 5-7, 175 AND 190
7/9/2011 13:36 UNIVERSITY AVE/MCGEE AVE 3S 211 2011-00037925 STRONG ARM PURSE BMA, 20s, 5-5, BLK HAT, BLK HOODIE
7/9/2011 7:04 13xx CARRISON ST 13W 484 2011-00037887 UNLOCKED AUTO COINS
7/9/2011 16:51 21xxKITTREDGE ST 4E 484 2011-00037968 DURING PARTY CASH, ELECTRONICS
7/9/2011 22:48 22xx SHATTUCK AVE 4E 484 2011-00038017 UNATTENDED WALLET FROM PURSE
7/9/2011 16:11 23xx TELEGRAPH AVE 7W 487 2011-00037957 SHOPLIFT TRAY OF RINGS
7/9/2011 22:47 10TH ST/HEARST AVE 16N 459A 2011-00038003 Two ADULTS ARRESTED
7/9/2011 19:36 13xx SAN PABLO AVE 17E 459A 2011-00037980 WINDOW SMASH
7/9/2011 9:13 WALNUT ST/VIRGINIA ST 2S 459A 2011-00037894 LOCK PRY STEREO
7/9/2011 13:01 22xx MCKINLEY AVE 5NW 459A 2011-00037915 LOCK PRY STEREO, PROWLED
7/8/2011 17:18 20XX UNIVERSITY AVE 4E 484 2011-00037780 UNATTENDED BIKE SEAT
7/8/2011 9:13 19XX DWIGHT WAY 5SE 484 2011-00037702 NO PARKING SIGN
7/9/2011 12:28 DURANT AVE/TELEGRAPH AVE 7W 484 2011-00037921 UNLOCKED AUTO LAPTOP
7/9/2011 11:14 WEBSTER ST/TELEGRAPH AVE 9E 484 2011-00037907 REAR PLATE
7/8/2011 23:41 DANA ST/CHANNING WAY 6W 10851 2011-00037831 95 HONDA CIVIC
7/8/2011 17:24 9XX HEARST AVE 16N 10851 2011-00037766 06 silver NISSAN QUEST
7/8/2011 16:21 PAGE ST/5TH ST 17W 10851 2011-00037753 91 black NISSAN P/U
7/8/2011 12:43 23XX FOURTH ST 15N 459A 2011-00037718 WINDOW SMASH BKPK
7/8/2011 10:03 13XX HARMON ST 13S 459A 2011-00037704 CONVERT. SLASH iPOD, JKT
7/8/2011 9:49 21XX BERKELEY WAY 3S 459C 2011-00037690 WINDOW BREAK ATTP TO TAKE COMPUTER
7/8/2011 7:39 16XX ALLSTON WAY 4W 459R 2011-00037676 LOCK PRY BIKES
Quick Alarm Facts This Week ( 2 day period overview)
From July 12 at 5:06 a.m. and 11:02 a.m. on July 14, 2011, City of Berkeley Police officers (BPD) responded and investigated 24 audible alarms from homes, apartments, places of worship and businesses. Officers check the areas that they are able to access and at the time of report/disposition – all proved to be false, either human error, construction workers, wrong codes or some other reason(s) for alarm going off.
From July 12 at 10:30 p.m. to July 14, 2011 at 1:10 p.m., BPD officers responded to 8 silent alarms of residences and businesses – all proved to be false, either human error, pushed button accidentally, incorrect codes or some other reason(s) for alarm sending a signal.