A Berkeley police cruiser. Photo: D.H. Parks
Photo: D.H. Parks

The following items represent just a sampling of calls, and were selected by the Berkeley Police Department unless otherwise noted. Click to see past narratives from police, and Berkeleyside’s most recent compilation of calls for service.

Sunday, March 24: A woman was walking in the 1500 block of Prince Street at 8:10 p.m. when someone approached her from behind, then demanded her purse and grabbed it from her shoulder. The robber was described as a black man, 20 to 30 years old, 6 feet tall with a medium build, and wearing a light gray hooded sweatshirt. 

March 25, Monday: A burglar broke a window to get into the rear storage unit of a home in the 3000 block of King Street sometime before 2:16 p.m. The burglar apparently stole nothing.

March 26, Tuesday: Someone used a brick to break a window in a residential building in the 2700 block of Bancroft Way at 2:15 a.m.

March 27, Wednesday: A burglar pried open the door of a home in the 900 block of Tulare Avenue, between 2:30 and 8:30 p.m., and stole a computer and jewelry.

March 28, Thursday: A thief stole a black 1998 Honda Civic from the 3100 block of Lewiston Avenue sometime the prior night, but the vehicle was recovered on Northampton Avenue in Berkeley.

March 29, Friday: A Berkeley Police officer on patrol discovered, then used a fire extinguisher to put out, a fire in a trash can in the 1900 block of Shattuck Avenue at 2:01 a.m. The Berkeley Fire Department arrived to assist, and indicated the fire might not have been accidental. The incident is still under investigation.

March 30, Saturday: The Berkeley Police Department responded to the 900 block of University Avenue for a report of someone walking with a gun at 8:35 p.m. A police team searched the area but was unable to find the suspect. (Tipped by a Berkeleyside reader)

At 11:20 p.m., a Berkeley Police officer on foot patrol in the 2100 block of Fourth Street noticed someone hiding behind a vehicle smoking something. The officer determined through investigation that the substance was methamphetamine. The subject was arrested on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia.


  • Walk with purpose: Project an assertive image that conveys you know where you are going.
  • Avoid Isolation: Avoid uninhabited parks, parking lots, garages, and alleyways; stick to well-lit, high-traffic areas.

The Berkeley Police Department includes this disclaimer: “Please note that these are Calls For Police Services (CFS) only and are subject to review and reclassification. Learn more about calls for service near specific locations with CrimeView Community and crimemapping.com.

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Emilie Raguso (former senior editor, news) joined Berkeleyside in 2012 and covered politics, public safety and development until her departure in 2022. In 2017, Emilie was named Journalist of the Year...