This is a partial list of recent crimes in Berkeley, compiled by Berkeleyside, and based on reports to the Berkeley Police Department unless otherwise noted. See past crime blotters here. (Note to readers: We always appreciate photographs and tips, about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
The following items represent just a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate. From May 9-15, there were 15 burglary reports, 26 auto break-in or theft from a vehicle reports, and nine stolen vehicle reports to the Berkeley Police Department, according to CrimeMapping.com. Eight robberies and 10 assaults, domestic violence incidents or batteries were reported. These numbers are subject to change. Click the previous links for the most current information. Information from several incidents over the weekend is also included at the bottom of this post.
May 9, Thursday
Two vehicles were reported stolen, at 11 a.m. from the 1400 block of Blake Street, and at 10 p.m. from the 1300 block of University Avenue.
A home burglary was reported at 4:15 p.m. in the 1300 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way.
Three auto burglaries were reported: at 7:30 p.m. in the 1300 block of Stannage Avenue; at 9 p.m. in the 1300 block of University; and at 10:30 p.m. at Virginia Street and San Pablo Avenue.
May 10, Friday
A robbery was reported at 12:37 a.m. at Dana and Carleton streets.
Six auto burglaries or thefts from vehicles were reported: at 1 a.m. in the 1200 block of Glen Avenue; at 2:28 a.m. in the 2100 block of Shattuck Avenue; at noon in the 1600 block of 62nd Street; at 3:40 p.m. at Ada and Acton streets; at 6:30 p.m. in the 2600 block of Regent Street; and at 7 p.m. at Blake Street and Telegraph Avenue.
Three vehicles were reported stolen: at 1:45 a.m. from the 2600 block of Fulton Street; at 10:30 p.m. from Dwight Way and Sacramento Street; and at 11:45 p.m. from the 1500 block of Stannage Avenue.
A commercial burglary was reported at 2:14 a.m. in the 1800 block of Sixth Street.
Two home burglaries were reported, at 9:30 a.m. in the 1500 block of Stuart Street, and at 9 p.m. in the 2000 block of Shattuck Avenue.
A shooting in North Oakland about one block from the Berkeley border, in the 6100 block of Adeline Street, left a 17-year-old man on life support and not expected to recover.
A gun or weapon was reported at 11:47 p.m. at Herzog and 66th streets.
May 11, Saturday
An auto burglary was reported at 3:38 a.m. in the 500 block of Vincente Avenue.
A theft from a vehicle was reported at 11 a.m. in the 800 block of Page Street.
A home burglary was reported at 1:50 p.m. in the 2100 block of Emerson Street.
A robbery was reported at 8 p.m. at Derby and Etna streets.
May 12, Sunday
Three auto burglaries were reported: at 8 a.m. in the 3100 block of Harper Street; at 9:30 a.m. at Dwight Way and Sports Lane; and at 9 p.m. in the 2300 block of Warring Street.
A felony assault or battery was reported at 8:24 p.m. in the 3000 block of Adeline Street.
A vehicle was reported stolen at 9 p.m. from Oregon and Grant streets.
May 13, Monday
Eight burglaries or thefts from vehicles were reported throughout the day. See the full list.
Three home burglaries were reported: at 8:30 a.m. in the 1900 block of Channing Way; at 10:20 a.m. in the 2500 block of Piedmont Avenue; and at 12:30 p.m. in the 2500 block of Warring Street.
Two robberies were reported: at 6:14 p.m. in the 3000 block of Colby Street, and at 10:41 p.m. in the 2300 block of Piedmont.
A vehicle was reported stolen at 6:45 p.m. from the 2500 block of Parker Street.
Police arrested Kevin Aikens, 52, after police said he assaulted an acquaintance at Black & White Liquor Store, 3027 Adeline St. at about 8:20 p.m. In response to a request from Berkeleyside, Berkeley Police Capt. Andrew Greenwood said Aikens knocked the victim out, then left. Police detained him in the 2900 block of Otis Street. He remains in custody with a bail of $100,000 at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, according to the Alameda County sheriff’s department. He was scheduled for a pre-trial hearing Monday morning.
May 14, Tuesday
Three robberies were reported: at 12:25 a.m. at Shattuck Avenue and Prince Street; at 9:25 a.m. in the 1900 block of Allston Way; and at 2 p.m. at Hearst Avenue and Fifth Street.
Three home burglaries were reported: at 1:30 a.m. in the 1700 block of Franklin Street; at 9 a.m. in the 3000 block of Wheeler Street; and at 7 p.m. in the 1700 block of Carleton Street.
A felony assault or battery was reported at 9:25 p.m. at San Pablo and University avenues.
May 15, Wednesday
Four home burglaries were reported: at 9:15 a.m. at an unlisted location; at noon in the 2200 block of Virginia Street; at 2:20 p.m. in the 1700 block of Carleton; and at 10 p.m. in the 1500 block of Le Roy Avenue.
Two vehicles were reported stolen, at 1 p.m. from the 2400 block of Prospect Street, and at 10 p.m. from Prince and Shattuck.
A robbery was reported at 2:49 p.m. at Prince and Fulton streets.
Three burglaries or thefts from vehicles were reported, at 5:11 p.m. in the 2800 block of Forest Avenue; at 5:30 p.m. in the 300 block of Parkside Drive; and at 7:30 p.m. at San Pablo and Addison Street.
May 16, Thursday
In response to a reader tip on Berkeleyside’s Facebook page about gunshots heard on Ashby near Harper Street, police said numerous officers were dispatched to the area at 9:57 p.m. after receiving several calls about numerous loud reports. Police were on scene within two minutes, and searched the area but found no victims. Police did recover one shell casing, said. Capt. Greenwood.
May 17, Friday
The Albany Police Department put out a release about a series of indecent exposure crimes that have occurred recently in Albany and Berkeley. In the past several weeks, according to the Albany Police, there have been six reports received by police in Albany and Berkeley. The suspect is described as a white man in his 30s, who is unshaven or has a full beard. He’s been described as 5 feet 8 to 5 feet 10 inches tall, 150-170 pounds, wearing a hoodie or yellow jacket with the hood up, and possibly carrying a backpack. The man has been seen exposing himself and masturbating in public, police said, on upper Solano Avenue and in the area of Key Route Boulevard and Santa Fe Avenue on weekday mornings between 6 and 8. Albany Police asked anyone with information to call 510-525-7300.
May 18, Saturday
Police arrested four juveniles after an attempted robbery Saturday at Hearst and Milvia at about 11 p.m., said Lt. Ed Spiller in response to a request from Berkeleyside. Police responded and stopped a vehicle matching the description of the one involved with the robbery attempt on Channing Way east of Dana Street. That part of Channing was closed to traffic for a period of time during the investigation.
May 19, Sunday
Police received numerous calls about shots fired in the area of McGee Avenue and Russell Street starting around 12:07 a.m. Callers described the suspect vehicle as a gold SUV, or a truck or van. Police responded to the area but were unable to find anything conclusive.
See the full list of Berkeley Police Department calls for service here on CrimeMapping.com. This may have been updated since publication. See the list of calls to the UC Police Department. See also Local Crime News’ regularly published list of arrests of Berkeley residents. Other sources of information on crime in Berkeley include the Police Department’s CrimeView Community and CrimeMapping.com.
Editor’s Note: New calls for service are at times added to the CrimeMapping.com system in an unpredictable manner, and numbers for most types of calls are likely to increase in the days following this report. This weekly post offers a relatively detailed account of calls for service over the course of a week but does not reflect every call.
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