This is a partial list of recent crimes in Berkeley based on information from the Berkeley Police Department and the UC Berkeley Police Department. The calls for service spreadsheet is available on Google Docs. (Please note that these are Calls For Police Services only and are subject to review and reclassification. These CFS numbers only reflect part one crimes reported to BPD.)

The numbers reflected in the report are only a snapshot of what occurs in the City of Berkeley. The numbers are considered for informational purposes only and should not be used for data analysis or comparison to other agencies. Cases may be reclassified after further review of the incident, by supervisors, investigating detectives or the District Attorney as appropriate.

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 CrimeView Community and Crimemapping.com.

September 10:

AID Call, 3100 Block of Sacramento Street
On Monday, September 10, 2012 at approximately 2:27 p.m. BPD officers responded to the 3100 block of Sacramento Street to assist the Berkeley Fire Department.  BFD responded to a structure fire in that block.  BPD officers arrived at the location and assisted with crowd and traffic control at the scene.  They also assisted the residents who were displaced by the fire.

Disturbance, 1900 Block of Shattuck Avenue
On Monday, September 10, 2012 at approximately 9:25 p.m., a business employee reported a subject inside harassing customers.  The subject was refusing to leave when asked by the employee.  BPD officers responded to the location and were advised by the employee the subject had left.  An area check was negative for the subject.

Robberies: Sproul Plaza and Golden Bear Cafe
On Monday, September 10th, 2012 two robberies occurred at the Golden Bear ATM.  The first victim was walking on lower Sproul Plaza at around 2:55 p.m. when she was approached by a male who identified himself as “Kody” and asked her if she would like to purchase a magazine subscription.  The victim agreed to buy the subscription, however, when informed of the price she declined.  The suspect and two accomplices threatened the victim.  The suspect walked the victim to a nearby ATM in the Golden Bear Café.  The victim withdrew cash which was taken by the suspect.  The suspect and his companions were last seen walking towards the Sather Gate.  The victim was not injured during the encounter.

The second robbery occurred at about 4:50 p.m.  The victim, a 21 year old female student, was walking through Sproul Plaza near the intersection of Bancroft Way and Telegraph Avenue when she was approached by a male.  The male introduced himself as “Kody” and told the victim that he was selling magazine subscriptions.  The male suspect attempted to verbally pressure the victim into buying several subscriptions. The victim declined but due to hand gestures made by the suspect, she feared that she would be physically harmed if she tried to walk away without giving the suspect money.  The suspect walked the victim to an ATM in the Golden Bear Café where the victim withdrew cash which she gave to the suspect.  While standing in line the victim noticed the suspect talking to a male and female who seemed to be acquaintances.  The suspect was last seen leaving
the café. The suspect is described as: A White male in his early 20’s, 5’06” to 5’07” in height, with a thin build, blue eyes and short hair.  There is no description of the suspect’s two companions at this time.

September 11:

Reckless Driving, Center Street/Shattuck Avenue
On Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at approximately 7:56 p.m., a caller reported a dangerous driver in the area of Center Street and Shattuck Avenue.  The caller reported that the driver of a silver Honda Civic was speeding and ran a red light.  A BPD officer was dispatched to the area.  An area check for the vehicle was negative.

Vandalism, 1700 Block of 8th Street
On Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 1:30 p.m., an employee at James Kinney Park reported graffiti on the south wall of the recreation center.  There is no suspect information at this time.

September 12:

Person Down, 2nd Street/Hearst Avenue
On Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at approximately 5:18 p.m., a caller reported a male subject down behind a tree near the intersection of 2nd Street and Hearst Avenue.  A BPD officer responded to the location and located a subject there.  After assessing the subject, the officer requested the Berkeley Fire Department for a medical problem.

Residential Burglary, 1600 Block of Stannage Avenue
On Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at approximately 6:33 p.m., a resident in the 1600 block of Stannage Avenue reported a burglary.  The victim returned to home to find and unknown suspect in her residence.  When the suspect saw the victim they fled out the rear door of the home.  The suspect took some cash and other items. The suspect is described as: Suspect – “Unknown race/ gender person, 5’5” tall, 150 pounds wearing a dark hood sweatshirt and dark pants.”

September 13:

Parking Violation, 1600 Block of Derby Street
On Thursday, September 13, 2012 at approximately 8:20 p.m. a caller reported a vehicle parked in a red zone in the 1600 block of Derby Street.  An officer was dispatched to the location and determined the vehicle was illegally parked in a red zone.  The officer issued the vehicle a parking citation.

Auto Burglary, 1300 Block of San Pablo Avenue
On Thursday, September 13, 2012 between 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., an auto burglary occurred in the 1300 block of San Pablo Avenue.  The victim parked his vehicle in the 1300 block of San Pablo Avenue.  He returned a short time later and discovered his property missing, which included a briefcase and other items.  It is unknown how the suspect gained entry to the vehicle.

September 14:

Loud Reports, 1600 Block of Delaware Street
On Friday, September 14, 2012 at approximately 8:49 p.m., several callers reported hearing a loud explosion in the area of the 1600 block of Delaware Street.  BPD officers were dispatched to the location.  After speaking with several parties in the area the officers determined the loud report was fireworks.  There were no reports of injuries or damage.

Theft, 1100 Block of University Avenue
On Friday, September 14, 2012 at 12:35 p.m., the victim reported a theft that occurred in the 1100 block of University Avenue.  The male victim reported that the previous evening he locked his bicycle out front.  He returned the next day and discovered that an unknown suspect had stolen his bicycle.

September 15:

Loud Party, 1200 Block of Ashby Avenue
On Saturday, September 15, 2012 at approximately 7:35 p.m., a caller reported a loud party in the 1200 block of Ashby Avenue.  A BPD officer responded to the location and contacted the group having the party.  The officer determined the party was not unreasonable; it was merely a family barbeque.  The group agreed to make sure they reduced their noise level.

Theft, 1600 Block of Jaynes Street
On Saturday, September 15, 2012 at approximately 8:43 a.m., the victim reported a theft from his vehicle in the 1600 block of Jaynes Street.  The unknown suspect entered through an open window to the vehicle and stole a bag and miscellaneous change.

September 17:

Indecent Exposure, University Village Albany, #12-04553
UCPD received a report that on Monday, September 17th, 2012 at 3:45 p.m. a resident of UVA was the victim of an indecent exposure crime. The victim, a female resident of the married student housing facility, was at home with her two children when a male knocked on the door. The male suspect told the victim that he was a maintenance person and was there to do repairs.  The victim let the suspect into her apartment. The suspect proceeded to walk around the apartment as if he were about to do repair work. The suspect asked the victim if he could use her restroom which the victim granted permission.  Upon exiting the restroom the suspect unzipped his pants and exposed himself to the victim. The victim screamed and the suspect fled the apartment in an unknown direction.

After the above Crime Alert went out to the University Village community, UCPD received two additional reports of a suspicious person misrepresenting himself as a UVA maintenance employee.  On Friday, September 14th at 5:00 p.m. a female admitted who she thought was a UVA maintenance worker into her residence who was looking for a water leak. After looking in each room of the apartment the suspect left.  The next incident occurred on Monday, September 17th at 3:00 p.m.  A female resident’s doorbell rang and upon answering she encountered a male subject who identified himself as a UVA maintenance person looking for a water leak.  The suspect was admitted to the apartment.  The resident followed the suspect as he walked through each room in the apartment.  He then exited the apartment.  In these two cases no indecent exposure occurred.

The suspect is described as: A White male, approximately 50 years of age, about 6’0” in height, with a thin build and thinning grey hair, wearing a long sleeve shirt and khaki pants.

Community safety tip: pedestrian safety

  • DO NOT pass a vehicle stopped for a pedestrian.
  • Cross or enter the roadway where it is legal to do so, such as a crosswalk.
  • Be wary of drivers; don’t assume they have seen you.

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