This is a partial list of recent crimes in Berkeley based on information from the Berkeley Police Department and the UC Berkeley Police Department. For other sources of information on crime in Berkeley see Community CrimeView and

Armed Robbery, 2700 Block Haste Street, (Suspects Arrested), #11-57385
On Monday, October 10, 2011, at approximately 9:15 p.m., an armed robbery occurred on the 2700 block of Haste Street.   The 20 year old male victim, affiliation unknown, was on Haste near College when he was approached by three males who robbed him at gunpoint.  A short time later a BPD officer stopped a car matching the description of the vehicle that had been seen speeding off from the area of the robbery.  Two of the suspects were positively identified by the victim. The third suspect had stood behind the victim during the robbery and the fourth suspect was the driver of the car. The victim was not injured during the encounter.

The suspects are described as:

Suspect #1 – RODRIQUEZ, Luis Gerardo, a Hispanic male, 20 years-of-age,
5’8” in height, 180 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes.

Suspect #2 – GONZALEZ, Jose Emanuel, a Hispanic male, 19-years-of-age,
5’8” in height, 180 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes.

Suspect #3 – ALVARADO, Martin, a Hispanic male, 18-years-of-age, 5’5” in
height, 180 lbs.

Suspect #4 – A 16 year old male; there is no further description at this
time due to the suspect’s age.

Auto Burglary Via Window Smash – 700 block of Hearst Street  #2011-57375
On Monday, October 10, 2011 at 6:00 p.m., a woman parked a 2011 Jeep in the 700 block of Hearst Street. When she returned at about 8:02 p.m., rear passenger window was smashed and a suspect or suspects stole a backpack and a laptop computer.

Residential Burglary via unlocked kitchen window – #2011-57582
A Berkeley man in the 2700 block of Mathews Street left his home on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 7:15 p.m. When he returned at a bit before 10:00 p.m., he found the front door slightly ajar. When he explored inside, he found that his kitchen window was open and his iTouch was missing from his bedroom. At the time of the report, he did not find anything else missing. Based on the BPD officers preliminary investigation, it appears that the suspect or suspects entered through the unlocked kitchen window, took the iTouch and left out the front door. The BPD officer called the BPD CSI to process the scene.

Car Stop with Arrest – 2500 block of Benvenue – #2011-57447
At about 11:30 a.m., on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 two BPD Bicycle Patrol made a car stop of a vehicle that was speeding. The driver immediately got out of the car and while clutching something in his hand, he was verbally confrontational. When the officer directed him to get back into the car for safety, he refused. The officers attempted to physically control him for approximately two minutes and the suspect fought them, resisting their efforts to handcuff him. Once the suspect calmed down and was in handcuffs, the BPD officers discovered that he was clutching a bundle of powder cocaine in his hand.  The BPD officer arrested a 58-year-old Berkeley man for violations of 11350 H&S – Possession of a Controlled Substance, 148(a)PC – Resisting Arrests, 1203. 2 PC – Violation of Probation and several outstanding warrants.

Commercial Burglary via Broken Window, 2000 Block of University Ave – #2011-57617
Sometime between 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 and 5:00 a.m., on Wednesday, October 12, 2011, an unknown suspect or suspects used a piece of concrete to break the glass of the front door frame and get into the business. Once inside, the suspect or suspects stole 50-60 pieces of jewelry. BPD received a commercial alarm at about 5:02 a.m. at a jewelry store in the 2000 block of University Avenue. When the BPD officers arrived, they found the front door smashed. They were able to get inside and check the interior for any suspects or victims. They called the owner who arrived to survey his business. He estimated approximately 50-60 pieces of miscellaneous jewelry was stolen from wall displays and he would attempt an inventory later in the day.

Identity Theft/Fraud – 1600 block of Oxford Street #2011-57543
On Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at about 6:18 p.m., a woman came to the Public Safety Building to report identity theft. She told the BPD officer who documented the crime that on Monday, October 10, 2011, she was checking her credit card account. While doing so, she discovered a charge made on 10-10-11 for 389,83 EUR. She called the Credit Card company who told her the purchase was made in person at a shop in Chile. She has possession of the card and gave no one permission to use her numbers. The woman told the officer she had never been to Chile.

Residential Burglary via Unlocked door – 2200 block of Fifth Street #2011-57752
On Wednesday, October 12, 2011 between 12:30 p.m. and 2:15 p.m., an unknown suspect entered a home in the 2200 block of Fifth Street and stole a laptop computer from the first floor. The homeowners were having work done and the front entry door was left unlocked or open for access for the contractor. The homeowners were upstairs until 2:15 p.m., when they discovered it missing.

Quick Facts for the Week:

  • Between October 9 and October 13 at 6:05 p.m., BPD officers handled 37 audible burglar alarms from homes and businesses.
  • Between October 9 and October 13 at 6:05 p.m., BPD officers managed 6 barking dog calls.
  • Between October 9 and October 13 at 6:05 p.m., BPD officers documented and investigated 11 stolen vehicles throughout the city of Berkeley.
  • Between October 9 and October 13 at 6:05 p.m., BPD officers made 52 pedestrian stops of individuals for a variety of reasons.
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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...