This is a partial list of recent crime in Berkeley, compiled by Berkeleyside, and based on reports to the Berkeley Police Department unless otherwise noted. See recent Berkeley crime coverage here.
The following items represent just a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate. From April 10-16, there were 13 burglary reports, 26 auto break-in or theft from a vehicle reports, and 15 stolen vehicle reports to the Berkeley Police Department, according to CrimeMapping.com. Three robberies and 15 assaults, domestic violence incidents or batteries were reported. These numbers are subject to change. Click the previous links for the most current information.
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Wednesday, April 9
Police tracked down and arrested a hit-and-run suspect after he reportedly rear-ended the vehicle of a 67-year-old Albany woman at a stop sign on University Avenue just before 5:15 p.m., authorities said. (The woman complained of pain but was not taken to the hospital.) The driver who struck the woman’s car left the scene, but a witness gave police the man’s license plate number, which officers linked to Obie Lee Rigmaiden, 59, of Berkeley. Police went to Rigmaiden’s home on Ninth Street and, according to court papers, he resisted when officers tried to take him into custody. He was taken to the Berkeley Jail and, during booking, told officers he had cocaine hidden in his sock. He was charged with cocaine possession, leaving the scene of an accident and resisting arrest by the Alameda County district attorney’s office.
Thursday, April 10
Seven burglaries or thefts from vehicles took place: at 12:05 a.m. in the 200 block of Tanglewood Road; at 4:10 a.m. in the 300 block of Halkin Lane; at 1 p.m. in the 2400 block of Durant Avenue; at 1 p.m. in the 1000 block of University Avenue; at 2 p.m. at Panoramic Way and Dwight Way; at 4 p.m. in the 1900 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way; and at 9 p.m. in the 1000 block of Cragmont Avenue.
A home burglary was reported at 8 a.m. in the 900 block of Delaware Street.
Two vehicles were reported stolen, at 8 a.m. at Piedmont Avenue and Bancroft Way, and at 9 p.m. in the 2700 block of Belrose Avenue.
The University of California Police Department responded to a report of a sex crime at Moffitt Library at 12:42 p.m.
Friday, April 11
Two vehicles were reported stolen, at 12:01 a.m. in the 2100 block of Addison Street, and at 6 p.m. in the 2800 block of Eighth Street.
Two home burglaries were reported, at 9 a.m. in the 1400 block of Olympus Avenue, and at 8 p.m. in the 700 block of Cragmont Avenue.
A felony assault or battery was reported at 10:37 a.m. in the 2700 block of College Avenue.
The University of California Police Department responded to a report of a sex crime at Dwinelle Hall at 3:12 p.m.
A commercial burglary was reported at 11 p.m. in the 3200 block of College.
Saturday, April 12
A commercial burglary was reported at 3:30 a.m. in the 3000 block of Telegraph Avenue.
Two vehicles were reported stolen, at 8:30 a.m. in the 800 block of Jones Street, and at 9 p.m. at Derby and Warring streets.
A misdemeanor sexual assault was reported at 4 p.m. in the 2800 block of Park Street.
An auto burglary was reported at 5:45 p.m. in the 2400 block of Hearst Avenue.
Sunday, April 13
A robbery was reported at 2:16 a.m. at Parker and Regent streets.
Three auto burglaries were reported: at 1:30 p.m. in the 2300 block of Bancroft Way; at 3:15 p.m. in the 1800 block of Berkeley Way; and at 11:30 p.m. in the 700 block of Keeler Avenue.
Four vehicles were reported stolen: at 2 p.m. in the 2200 block of Durant Avenue; at 2 p.m. in the 1200 block of Queens Road; at 5:30 p.m. in the 1600 block of Berkeley Way; and at 6 p.m. in the 2400 block of Bancroft Way.
Police received a report at approximately 9 p.m. regarding the sound of several loud explosions near Delaware and Curtis streets. Police checked the area but found nothing suspicious. Later that evening police received a report of fireworks from the west end, but authorities said they did not know if the calls were related.
Monday, April 14
A commercial burglary was reported at 1 a.m. in the 2400 block of Durant Avenue.
According to the University of California Police Department, a man was standing in line for food at People’s Park at 9:30 a.m. “when he felt something stab his cheek.” He received a small laceration and was treated for it at Alta Bates Hospital later that day. Police spoke with people at the park and a witness said the victim had been in an argument with three men just before the apparent assault. Police searched the area, but could not find any suspects or other witnesses. All three suspects were described as white, two of whom had “an unkempt appearance.” The other man appeared 30-40 years old, and had shoulder-length dirty blond hair and a slim build; he was wearing a dirty red or purple windbreaker.
A home burglary was reported at 2:45 p.m. in the 2900 block of Deakin Street.
Two vehicles were reported stolen: at 7 p.m. in the 3000 block of Acton Street, and at 8:30 p.m. in the 1800 block of Berkeley Way.
Tuesday, April 15
Five thefts or burglaries from vehicles were reported: at 1:05 p.m. in the 2100 block of Allston Way; at 2:45 p.m. in the 700 block of Gilman Street; at 3:50 p.m. in the 3200 block of Adeline Street; at 6 p.m. in the 2600 block of Eighth Street; and at 7 p.m. in the 1800 block of Thousand Oaks Boulevard.
A home burglary was reported at 1:45 p.m. in the 1100 block of Hillview Road.
Police responded to the Ashby BART station for a report of a man with a gun that involved a verbal dispute between a citizen and a hot dog vendor just before 2 p.m. BART police and Berkeley Police officers responded to the area, but found that the report of the gun was unfounded, said Lt. Steve Coontz of the BART Police Department via email. Coontz said both men involved were identified and released without charge.
Two commercial burglaries were reported, at 4:14 p.m. in the 1300 block of San Pablo Avenue, and at 10:30 p.m. in the 2000 block of San Pablo.
A robbery was reported at 11:05 p.m. at Addison and Fifth streets.
Wednesday, April 16
Three vehicles were reported stolen: at 12:10 a.m. in the 1200 block of Seventh Street; at 7:30 a.m. in the 1100 block of Addison Street; and at 8 p.m. in the 2300 block of Ward Street.
Ten thefts or burglaries from vehicles were reported. See the list here.
A felony assault or battery was reported at 8:20 a.m. at Shattuck Avenue and Center Street.
Two home burglaries were reported, at 10:29 a.m. in the 3100 block of Deakin Street, and at 9 p.m. in the 1400 block of Addison Street.
A robbery was reported at 3 p.m. at Kittredge and Fulton streets.
A commercial burglary was reported at 10 p.m. in the 1900 block of University Avenue.
See the full list of Berkeley Police Department calls for service on CrimeMapping.com. See the list of calls to UC Police at Berkeley, which are also posted on CrimeMapping. 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. 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 post does not reflect every call.
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