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

Aggravated Assault – 2300 block of Telegraph Avenue BPD Case #2011-44627
A 17 year old male called BPD on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at about 9:00 p.m. to report an assault that happened on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at 8:30 p.m. The victim said he was with a 17 year old friend when a male suspect punched him multiple times in the face causing his head to hit the side of a building. The suspect, along with another suspect fled the scene on foot. The victim sustained a bruised right eye, swollen right cheekbone/eye socket and lump to the back of his head with bruising down his neck. The victim  said the injury to his eye was affecting his vision.

The victim and witness described the suspects as – “SU #1 – Black Male Adult, cropped hair, 20s, 5’8”, medium build wearing a black baseball cap with red logo and all black clothing.”

“SU#2: – “Black Male Adult, 19-20, 6’1″, thin build, nose pierced w/ purple stud” – nothing further.

Residential Burglary – 2800 Block of Buena Vista – #2011-44579
A Berkeley woman called BPD on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at 4:36 p.m., to report a burglary. She told BPD officers that she left her home around 10:30 a.m. in the morning.  She returned around 4:30 p.m., she discovered that her home had been broken into. Although the dwelling is equipped with an alarm system, she did not turn on prior to leaving in the morning. The BPD determined that the suspect smashed the glass on the door to the office which is located to the rear of the dwelling, on the third level to gain entry. A large rock was found near the door. The suspect or suspects made off with a Apple Mac Pro computer and miscellaneous expensive jewelry.

Robbery via Strong Arm – Virginia and Chestnut Streets #2011-44458
On Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at 12:35 a.m. two young men were robbed by three male suspects as they walked back to the place they were staying. They told BPD officers that they had walked from the BART station and were in the area of Virginia and Chestnut Streets when the crime happened. One of the victims stated that that one of the suspects pushed him to the ground and stole his iPhone and wallet. The other victim said that the other two suspects pushed him to the ground and stole his Nokia cell phone and wallet. Neither sustained any physical injuries during the robbery. The three suspects were last seen running on foot north bound on Chestnut Street from Virginia Street. Officers conducted and area check for the suspects but no suspects were found.

The victims described the suspects as – “SU#1 – Black Male Adult, 6’00”, heavy build, wearing a black hoodie and dark baggy jeans.

“SU#2- Black Male Adult, 20s, 5’8”, medium build, wearing a black hoodie and dark baggy jeans.

SU#3- Black Male Adult, 20s, nothing further.”

Traffic Enforcement Stop – 66th and Herzog – One Adult Arrested – #2011-44466
A white Lexus was spotted at 12:54 a.m. on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 by a BPD patrol officer. The car was westbound on Alcatraz Avenue travelling at a high rate of speed. When the officer located it, the car had made several turns before stopping in the middle of the road at 66th & Herzog just over the border into Oakland. Both the male driver and passenger fled the car on foot. Many other BPD officers arrived to assist with the investigation and created a perimeter before a small team of officer searched the block for the men. They found the passenger in the 1000 block of Herzog. A computer check of the suspect’s name revealed he is on felony probation for robbery. He is a Berkeley resident. The case officer arrested the suspect for PC148 – Obstructing a Police officer and 1203.2 – Violation of Felony Probation. The driver got away.

Commercial Burglary through Unlocked Window – 2100 Block of Bancroft Way #2011-44692
A community member called BPD at about 1:50 a.m. on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 to report a burglary of a restaurant. BPD officers met the witness during which he said he saw a male suspect standing outside the restaurant while another suspect was inside handing items out the window. The BPD officers found several windows unlocked and the suspects had fled just prior to the officers’ arrival. There was no evidence of forced entry thus the window or windows were likely left unlocked. The two suspects made off with an 18″ Porcelain pig, wooden Welcome Home sign, a Mendocino Brewing Company Sign and a white Occupied sign. Officers did area checks but did not find the suspects. A BPD CSI came to the scene to process it.

The witness described the suspects as  SU #1: Hispanic or Latino male adult, 6’00”, 250 lbs., black curly hair, wearing black t-shirt, blue jeans and gym shoes. SU #2: : Hispanic or Latino male adult, 5’7”, 250 Lbs. long black hair, dark hoodie and blue jeans.

Auto Burglary via Convertible Top Slash – 3100 block of Halcyon Court – #2011-44498
A community member who owns a BMW M3 convertible called BPD on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at about 9:39 a.m. to report that an unknown suspect has slashed her convertible top. She told the BPD officer that sometime between Tuesday night on the 9th at 9:00 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. on the 10th the crime happened. Her iPhone car charger was stolen.

Burglary of Home through Unlocked Window – 1100 block of Virginia Street – #2011-44403
On Tuesday, August 9, 2011 between 7:40 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., an unknown suspect or suspects got into a home in the 1100 block of Virginia through an unlocked front window and took electronic and computer equipment from inside. Stolen was a Compaq laptop, an HP printer and a Garmin GPS.

Auto Burglary – Related Arrest – Stuart and Fulton Streets – #2011-44460
On Tuesday, August 9, 2011 a few minutes before midnight, a BPD Patrol Sergeant detained a male suspect near the scene and just after a recent auto burglary. A records check revealed that the Oakland detainee was on parole. The sergeant did a parole search and found burglary tools on the man. The witness of the auto burglary did not identify him as the suspect of the recent case and yet, the man was arrested, booked at the BPD Jail, fingerprints confirmed then cite released for possession of burglary tools – 466 PC – a misdemeanor crime – with a future court date.

  • BPD officers made 56 traffic enforcement stops between August 8, 2011 at 3:17 a.m. and August 11, 2011 at 3:13 p.m..
  • BPD Officers responded to 8 reports of found property ranging from a bike, purse, ID and car keys from August 8 and August 11 at 3:15 p.m., 2011.
  • BPD officers responded and handled 31 advice calls for service regarding neighbors, noise, civil matters, blight and crime prevention between August 8 and August 11th at 3:15 p.m.

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...