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. The following items represent a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate.
From Aug. 28 to Sept. 3, there were reports of 21 burglaries, 19 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles and five stolen vehicles, according to CrimeMapping.com. One robbery, nine assaults, domestic violence incidents or batteries and no sexual assaults were reported. Significant incidents from the University of California Police Department included two vandalisms. These numbers are subject to change. Click the links above for the latest numbers.
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Thursday, Aug. 28
Three home burglaries took place: at 1:30 a.m. in the 1600 block of 62nd Street; at 3:02 p.m. in the 1400 block of Hearst Avenue; and at 9 p.m. in the 2900 block of Deakin Street.
A vehicle was reported stolen at 5 p.m. in the 2500 block of Piedmont Avenue.
A man reported the theft of his $200 blue bicycle from the North Berkeley BART station. He had cable locked it to the bike racks at 8:20 a.m., and it was gone as of 6:40 p.m.
There were 21 burglaries reported over this period, via CrimeMapping.com. The prior week there were 23. Click the map for a list of calls.
Friday, Aug. 29
A vehicle was stolen at midnight at Ninth Street and Bancroft Way.
A felony assault took place at 12:49 a.m. in the 2000 block of Durant Avenue. The violent assault with a baseball bat in a senior living complex left a 72-year-old man in critical condition, according to authorities. Berkeleyside broke the story, then updated it as we gathered new information. Police arrested 69-year-old Lawrence Landis on suspicion of attempted homicide. Berkeleyside has requested additional information from the Alameda County district attorney’s office. (This entry was updated shortly after publication.)
Someone broke into a business at 2 p.m. in the 100 block of Tunnel Road.
Berkeley police arrested three men after serving a search warrant in the 800 block of MacArthur Boulevard in Oakland. According to Berkeley Police Lt. Dave Frankel, police visited the home of Alfonso Jones and found him cooking crack cocaine. Jones, 47, was arrested on suspicion of possession of cocaine base and marijuana for sale, and other drug-related offenses, as well as the manufacturing of a controlled substance. Police arrested 41-year-old Lamont Jefferson on the same violations. Police arrested 34-year-old Jerry Williams during the same incident on suspicion of marijuana and cocaine sales, and other drug-related violations.
A thief broke into a home at 6:55 p.m. in the 700 block of Tunnel Road.
Saturday, Aug. 30
Two homes were burglarized, at 1:59 a.m. in the 1400 block of Hawthorne Terrace, and at 11:20 a.m. in the 2200 block of Eighth Street.
A business was burglarized at 6:25 a.m. in the 1400 block of University Avenue.
Someone reportedly brandished a weapon at 12:22 p.m. in the 1600 block of 62nd Street.
Sunday, Aug. 31
Two homes were burglarized, at 1:30 a.m. in the 2500 block of Piedmont Avenue, and at 2:30 a.m. in the 2600 block of College Avenue.
Authorities conducted a manhunt for two reportedly armed carjackers after they abandoned their crashed car in Berkeley’s Claremont neighborhood just before 7 a.m. The suspects were not caught. Berkeleyside broke the news then provided live updates.
A vehicle was reported stolen at 9 a.m. at Hearst Avenue and Milvia Street.
Police arrested 37-year-old Alexandre McMillan on suspicion of misdemeanor battery and cruelty to an elder or dependent adult. The arrest took place at Telegraph and Durant avenues just before 3 p.m. He remains in custody at Santa Rita Jail with a bail of $20,000 and is scheduled to enter a plea after arraignment Sept. 18.
A patron reported the theft of a white Raleigh men’s single-speed bike from the bike racks on the west side of the Ashby BART station, according to BART Police. The $250 bike was secured with a cable and U-bolt locks Saturday at 10 p.m., and was gone as of 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
Someone reportedly brandished a weapon at 8:18 p.m. in the 2100 block of Shattuck Avenue.
Monday, Sept. 1
A business was burglarized at 1:30 a.m. in the 1800 block of Euclid Avenue.
There were five home burglaries: at 10 a.m. in the 1200 block of Derby Street; at noon in the 800 block of Delaware Street; at 4 p.m. in the 1700 block of Harmon Street; at 8:40 p.m. in the 2400 block of Warring Street; and at 11:35 p.m. in the 900 block of Dwight Way.
Tuesday, Sept. 2
There were three home burglaries: at 1:41 a.m. in the 3000 block of Shattuck Avenue; at 10 a.m. in the 2400 block of Acton Street; and at 1 p.m. in the 2600 block of Parker Street.
A gun or other weapon was reported at 9:30 a.m. in the 2400 block of Ashby Avenue.
Two vehicles were stolen, at 6:21 p.m. in the 2200 block of Milvia Street, and at 7 p.m. at Ellis and Fairview streets.
A thief stole a red Trek 1200 18-speed road bike from the North Berkeley BART station, according to BART Police. The victim used a chain and padlock to secure the bike to the north bike racks at 5 p.m. It was gone as of 9 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 3
Two bikes were stolen from the Ashby BART station, according to BART Police. A cyclist locked one bike, a $2,500 blue and white Kona Jake CX bicycle, to the bike racks with two U-locks the prior day at 9 a.m., then returned shortly before 8:30 a.m. Wednesday to find the bike missing. In the second incident, a $200 Nishiki road bicycle had been locked with two U-locks to the bike racks the prior Thursday at 8:30 a.m. It was gone as of 6 p.m. Wednesday.
A robbery took place at 3:40 p.m. at University and San Pablo avenues.
There were two felony assaults or batteries, at 4:45 p.m. at Telegraph Avenue and Haste Street, and at 11:30 p.m. in the 1800 block of San Pablo Avenue.
There were two homes burglarized, at 5 p.m. in the 1100 block of Channing Way, and at 11 p.m. in the 2700 block of Haste Street.
See the full list of Berkeley Police Department crime reports 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 reports may be added to CrimeMapping in an unpredictable manner, so numbers may increase slightly in the days after this report. This post does not reflect every call. See recent Berkeley crime blotters here.
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