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

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)


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.

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...