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 24-30, there were 11 burglary reports, 23 auto break-in or theft from a vehicle reports, and 19 stolen vehicle reports to the Berkeley Police Department, according to CrimeMapping.com. Nine 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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Thursday, April 24
Two vehicles were reported stolen, at 4:35 a.m. in the 2400 block of Carleton Street, and at 10 a.m. in the 2400 block of Parker Street.
Two auto burglaries were reported, at 7:30 p.m. in the 1300 block of San Pablo Avenue, and at 8 p.m. in the 200 block of Marina Boulevard.
Friday, April 25
Three auto burglaries were reported: at 1:10 a.m. in the 1700 block of Walnut Street; at 7:59 a.m. in the 2200 block of Rose Street; and at 9 p.m. in the 3000 block of Bateman Street.
Two vehicles were reported stolen, at 8 a.m. at Addison and Acton streets, and at 10:30 p.m. in the 2900 block of Dohr Street.
A robbery was reported at 10:27 p.m. in the 1400 block of Shattuck Avenue.
Saturday, April 26
Five vehicles were reported stolen: at midnight in the 1100 block of San Pablo Avenue; at 12:15 a.m. at Emerson Street and Shattuck Avenue; at 3 a.m. at Haste Street and Telegraph Avenue; at noon at Woolsey Street and Claremont Avenue; and at 12:06 p.m. in the 900 block of Heinz Avenue.
A felony sexual assault was reported at 12:30 a.m. in the 900 block of University Avenue.
Five auto burglaries were reported: at 1 a.m. in the 2500 block of San Pablo Avenue; at 3 a.m. in the 1900 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way; at 3:35 a.m. in the 2500 block of Prince Street; at 8 p.m. in the 2700 block of College Avenue; and at 10 p.m. in the 2100 block of Fourth Street.
A home burglary was reported at 1 p.m. in the 1900 block of California Street.
Two robberies were reported, at 4:20 p.m. at Bancroft Way and Shattuck Avenue, and at 9:40 p.m. at Prince and Ellis streets. In the first incident, a 50-year-old man was walking when two people approached him and acted as if they had a gun. They demanded the victim’s property, according to a statement released by the University of California Police Department. The victim gave the suspects his cellular phone and iPod, and the suspects fled on foot. Officers searched the area but could not locate the suspects. The suspects were both described as black men in the 20s with thin builds. One appeared approximately 6 to 6 feet 3 inches tall, and was clean shaven and wearing a black-colored sweatshirt with “Cal” printed on it. The other looked 5 feet 10 inches tall and had a “stubble beard”; he was wearing a sky-blue-colored sweatshirt, gray pants and red shoes.
In the second robbery, a woman walking in South Berkeley near Malcolm X Elementary School was assaulted and robbed after being sprayed with an unknown liquid. The woman was walking at 9:45 p.m. near Prince and Ellis streets, not far from the Ashby BART station, when two people approached her, said Officer Jennifer Coats, Berkeley Police spokeswoman, in response to a request from Berkeleyside. The woman, a Berkeley resident, looked down momentarily and was “sprayed by a liquid,” which Coats said was “most likely pepper spray.” One of the robbers then hit the woman with an unknown object, which knocked her to the ground. Read more here.
Sunday, April 27
Police arrested a 23-year-old Oakland man over the weekend in Berkeley after he reportedly struck two males over the head with a baseball bat, causing what authorities described as “significant injuries.” Sunday, at 1:25 a.m., the Berkeley Police Department responded to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon in the 2700 block of Durant Avenue, near College Avenue, just south of the UC Berkeley campus. Read more here.
The University of California Police Department took a report of a vehicle that had been stolen at 10:04 a.m.
Three auto burglaries were reported: at 11 a.m. in the 100 block of Mosswood Road; at 1 p.m. in the 3000 block of Deakin Street; and at 7 p.m. in the 2200 block of Hearst Avenue.
Seven vehicles were reported stolen: at 12:15 p.m. at Channing Way and Prospect Street; at 2 p.m. in the 2300 block of Warring Street; at 6 p.m. in the 1700 block of Russell Street; at 7 p.m. in the 2600 block of Buena Vista Way; at 8 p.m. in the 1800 block of Sacramento Street; at 9 p.m. at Haste and Bowditch streets; and at 11 p.m. in the 2600 block of Alcatraz Avenue.
Police responded to an accident at Ashby and Telegraph avenues at about 3:15 p.m. involving a vehicle and a motorcycle. The motorcyclist was on the hood of the vehicle when police arrived. He reported a complaint of pain to his rib and wrist. According to the Berkeley Fire Department, he was not transported to the hospital. The road was closed temporarily during the investigation.
The Berkeley Police Department received a call at 3:46 p.m. from someone near Piedmont Avenue and Bancroft Way who reported a male walking down the street holding what appeared to be a handgun. Police responded to the area and were able to locate the male, and determined the firearm was a replica only. Authorities determined the incident to be related to a student-related video production of some kind.
A robbery was reported at 11:45 p.m. in the 1000 block of Delaware Street.
Monday, April 28
Four commercial burglaries were reported: at 12:01 a.m. in the 3000 block of Telegraph Avenue; at 2:01 a.m. in the 3100 block of College Avenue; at 6:20 p.m. in the 3000 block of Claremont Avenue; and at 10 p.m. in the 2900 block of Russell Street. Police arrested Eugene Copes and Mario Washington in connection with the Telegraph Avenue incident.
Four thefts or burglaries from vehicles were reported: at 6:15 a.m. in the 2300 block of Hilgard Avenue; at 9 a.m. in the 3100 block of Telegraph; at 11 a.m. in the 2500 block of Warring Street; and at 7 p.m. in the 1900 block of 10th Street.
Two vehicles were reported stolen, at 9 a.m. in the 1600 block of Kains Avenue, and at 1 p.m. at Ashby Avenue and Ellis Street.
Three home burglaries were reported: at 10 a.m. in the 1500 block of Alcatraz; at 7 p.m. in the 2900 block of Derby Street; and at 10 p.m. in the 1600 block of Harmon Street.
A misdemeanor sexual assault was reported at 7:24 p.m. at Prospect Street and Dwight Way.
Tuesday, April 29
The University of California Police Department reported at assault at 9:07 a.m. on the Cal campus; an exact location was not provided.
Three thefts or burglaries from vehicles were reported: at 2:30 p.m. at California Street and Berkeley Way; at 6:35 p.m. at Addison Street and San Pablo Avenue; and at 9 p.m. in the 900 block of Contra Costa Avenue.
Two home burglaries were reported, at 4:30 p.m. in the 1300 block of Virginia Street, and at 8 p.m. in the 1200 block of Haskell Street.
A vehicle was reported stolen at 7 p.m. in the 600 block of Cragmont Avenue.
Three robberies were reported: at 8:44 p.m. at Bancroft Way and Fulton Street; at 8:45 p.m. in the 2400 block of Fulton Street; and at 10:10 p.m. in the 2100 block of Shattuck Avenue.
Wednesday, April 30
Three thefts or burglaries from vehicles were reported: at 9:50 a.m. at Comstock and Cedar streets; at 10:30 a.m. in the 1800 block of Addison Street; and at 5:05 p.m. at Hearst and Euclid avenues. Police arrested Yared Tsegaye in connection with the Comstock incident.
A home burglary was reported at 3:30 p.m. in the 3200 block of Idaho Street.
Two robberies were reported, at 8:45 p.m. at Henry and Rose streets, and at 11:15 p.m. in the 1700 block of Spruce Street. According to a neighborhood email list, a man was walking south on Henry when a male approached him from behind and told him to put up his hands. The robber asked the victim where his wallet was, then removed the wallet and took all the cash. He put the wallet back and told the man to keep walking without looking back. Said a local resident: “That stretch of Henry is very dark, ergo dangerous.”
Other recent incidents
A strong-arm robbery was reported near Channing Way and Atherton Street on Thursday, May 1, at 4:17 p.m., according to a notice released by the University of California Police Department. A 21-year-old woman was walking when the suspect stole a cellular phone from her back pocket. The victim chased the suspect and police were able to apprehend him near Durant Avenue and Fulton Street. The woman’s property was recovered and the suspect was arrested on suspicion of robbery. Police identified the robber as a male juvenile from Oakland. No further information was released due to his status as a minor.
The University of California Police Department reported approximately 40 thefts from Upper Sproul Plaza since March. Police said in a prepared statement that “Most victims were not aware of their surroundings as their backpacks or property was nearby. Other victims left their property unattended at a distance while they were tabling, handing out information, or campaigning.”
The University of California Police Department reported a series of auto burglaries via window smash in April around campus. Fourteen reports were received near Centennial Drive (the Bowles Parking Lot, Coffer Dam Parking Lot, Botanical Gardens Parking Lot, and Lawrence Hall of Science Parking Lots), and six reports were received within the Clark Kerr Campus.
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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