This is a partial list of recent crimes in Berkeley based on information from the Berkeley Police Department and the UC Police Department. (Please note that these are Calls For Police Services only and are subject to review and reclassification by supervisors, detectives and the DA as appropriate.) The calls for service spreadsheet is available on Google Docs. See also the San Francisco Chronicle’s regularly published list of arrests in Berkeley. For other sources of information on crime in Berkeley see BPD’s Community CrimeView and

July 15

Vehicle Vandalism, 500 block of Arlington Avenue
On Sunday, July 15 at 8:14 a.m., several vehicles were discovered vandalized along Arlington Avenue. It appeared the unknown suspect(s) damaged the vehicles by shooting the windows with a BB or pellet gun.

Armed Robbery, Ashby Avenue/Benvenue Streets
On Sunday, July 15 at approximately 11:40 pm., a robbery via gun occurred near the intersection of Ashby Avenue and Benvenue Street. The unknown suspect approached the victims while he was walking in the area. The suspect pointed a gun at the victims and demanded their property. The victims complied and turned over their property. The unknown suspect was last seen going east on Ashby Avenue.

The suspect is described as “unknown race male, 5’10” tall, thin/athletic build wearing a black mask, black hooded sweatshirt and black pants.”

July 16

Strong Arm Robbery, Haste and Bowditch Streets
On Monday, July 16 at approximately 7:40 p.m. a strong armed robbery occurred in the area of Haste Street and Bowditch Street. The victim was walking in the area when she was approached by the unknown suspect. The suspect forcibly grabbed her property from her hand and then fled to a waiting vehicle. The vehicle was last seen going north on Bowditch Street.

The suspect is described as “black male, 40-50 years old, 5’7”-5’8” tall, medium build, dark complexion wearing black baseball hat, black zippered hooded sweatshirt and baggy jeans.”

Suspect vehicle: “Possible White Honda Accord”.

Auto Burglary, 100 block of Seawall Drive
On Monday, July 16 between 11:30 a.m. and 1:36 p.m., an auto burglary occurred in the 100 block of Seawall Drive. The unknown suspect broke the window to the victim’s vehicle removing several items, including a backpack.

July 17

Residential Burglary, 900 block of Hilldale Avenue
On Tuesday, July 17 sometime after 8:00 p.m., a burglary occurred to a garage in the 900 block of Hilldale Avenue. The unknown suspect entered into the garage area and stole several items. The unknown suspect went through the interior of the garage and vehicle parked inside.

July 18

Auto Burglary, 2500 block of Regent Street
On Wednesday, July 18 at approximately 9:50 p.m., the victim contacted police reporting their vehicle burglarized in the 2500 block of Regent Street. The unknown suspect broke a window to the vehicle and stole an electronic device.

Auto Burglary, 2000 block of Bancroft Way
On Wednesday, July 18 at approximately 12:00 a.m., the victim reported an unknown suspect broke the window to their vehicle. The vehicle was parked in the 2000 block of Bancroft Way. The unknown suspect took several items from the vehicle.

July 19

Auto Burglary, 1000 block of Gilman Street
On Thursday, July 19 at approximately 5:30 p.m., the victim reported an unknown suspect broke the window to their vehicle. The unknown suspect took money and the victim’s bag from the vehicle.

Suspicious Fire Investigation, University Avenue/Bonar Street
On Thursday, July 19 at approximately 2:53 a.m., BPD officers responded to the 1200 block of University Avenue for a report of a chair on fire. BPD personnel arrived on scene and located a small fire. The officers were able to contain the fire until the Berkeley Fire Department arrived on scene and handled of the incident. It is unknown who may have set the fire and there is no suspect information.

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Lance Knobel (Berkeleyside co-founder) has been a journalist for nearly 40 years. Much of his career was in business journalism. He was editor-in-chief of both Management Today, the leading business magazine...