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 Sept. 4-10, there were reports of 19 burglaries, 24 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles and 12 stolen vehicles, according to CrimeMapping.com. Three robberies, 11 assaults, domestic violence incidents or batteries and no sexual assaults were reported. Significant incidents from the University of California Police Department included a vehicle theft, a robbery and a sexual assault. These numbers are subject to change. Click the links above for the latest numbers.
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Thursday, Sept. 4
There were four home burglaries: at 4 a.m. in the 2700 block of Durant Avenue; at 4:48 p.m. in the 1200 block of Parker Street; at 5 p.m. in the 2400 block of Roosevelt Avenue; and at 8:17 p.m. in the 2400 block of Roosevelt.
A robbery took place at 10:25 a.m. in the 2000 block of San Pablo Avenue.
Police responded to a disturbance at 6:30 p.m. in the 1600 block of Blake Street.
There were two commercial burglaries, at 7 p.m. in the 2900 block of Domingo Avenue, and at 9 p.m. in the 1800 block of Euclid Avenue.
Three vehicles were reported stolen: at 9 p.m. at Milvia and Stuart streets; at 9 p.m. in the 2400 block of McKinley Avenue; and at 11:30 p.m. in the 3000 block of Mabel Street.
A felony assault or battery took place at 9:40 p.m. in the 2300 block of College Avenue.
There was a second-response call at 11:48 p.m. in the 2500 block of College.
Friday, Sept. 5
Six vehicles were stolen: at 12:01 a.m. in the 2200 block of Parker Street; at 9 a.m. in the 1800 block of Acton Street; at 6 p.m. in the 400 block of Bret Harte Road; at 7 p.m. in the 1500 block of Josephine Street; at 8:30 p.m. in the 600 block of Colusa Avenue; and at 9:30 p.m. in the 1400 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way.
There were two commercial burglaries, at 12:45 a.m. in the 1800 block of Euclid Avenue, and at 5:02 a.m. in the 2500 block of Shattuck Avenue.
Police responded to two disturbance calls, at 3:10 p.m. at Dwight Way and Ellsworth Street, and at 5 p.m. in the 2700 block of College Avenue.
There were three home burglaries: at 4:25 p.m. in the 1600 block of Allston Way; at 4:30 p.m. in the 2500 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way; and at 6:45 p.m. in the 2800 block of Parker.
BART Police reported the theft of a 1998 red four-door Honda Civic at the Ashby BART station sometime between 7:15 a.m. and 7 p.m.
There were two calls involving guns or other weapons, at Telegraph Avenue and Dwight Way at 9:15 p.m., and at Telegraph and Russell Street at 9:43 p.m. Police arrested Joel Christie, 42, in connection with the first incident on suspicion of carrying a switchblade knife, disorderly conduct and carrying a concealed weapon. Police arrested Lamar Marshall, 18, in connection with the second incident on suspicion of possessing concentrated cannabis and the alteration of an imitation firearm.
Police responded to a second-response call at 11:45 p.m. at Durant Avenue and Telegraph.
Saturday, Sept. 6
There were two robberies, at 12:30 p.m. at Channing Way and Telegraph, and at 1:50 a.m. at Bancroft Way and College. Arrests were made in both cases. Read more on Berkeleyside.
There were two calls involving guns or other weapons, at 1:15 a.m. at Bancroft and Bowditch Street, and at 8:04 p.m. at Telegraph and Haste Street. According to the Daily Cal, the second call involved a 19-year-old man who brandished a “rather large knife” at police when they tried to arrest him in connection with drug sales. Five officers sustained minor injuries during the incident, and Taiwan Perrin was arrested. Read more on the Daily Cal.
A felony assault or battery took place at 1:26 a.m. in the 2300 block of Piedmont Avenue.
According to the University of California Police Department, there was a home invasion robbery just before 3 a.m. at 735 Gooding Way, in University Village in Albany. A 33-year-old man was sleeping on his couch when a man entered his apartment and confronted him. According to police, the intruder “verbally threatened the victim and stole items within the home. The victim was punched a few times during the encounter.” The robber fled before police arrived. He was described as a black man in his 30s or 40s, about 6 feet 1 inch tall, with a deep voice. Police ask anyone with information to call the University of California Police Department at 510-642-6760.
A business was burglarized at 7 a.m. in the 1100 block of Second Street, and at 2 p.m. in the 200 block of Cedar Street.
Police responded to a disturbance at 9:36 a.m. in the 2000 block of University Avenue.
According to the University of California Police Department, a vehicle was stolen from the Underhill lot at 7:13 p.m. The Berkeley Police Department said a vehicle was also stolen at 11 p.m. in the 1200 block of Ashby Avenue.
Sunday, Sept. 7
Two homes were burglarized, at 12:30 p.m. in the 2900 block of Magnolia Street, and at 8:05 p.m. in the 1600 block of Oregon Street.
Police responded to a disturbance at 5:22 p.m. in the 1500 block of Julia Street.
A vehicle was stolen at 11:30 p.m. in the 1200 block of Blake Street.
According to a statement from the University of California Police Department, four UC Berkeley students were robbery at gunpoint “at an unidentified location within Berkeley. ” The group left their dormitory to smoke marijuana in People’s Park, according to police. At some point, three people approached and asked for the students’ remaining marijuana. The students walked away and the suspects followed, pointed a firearm at them and demanded their marijuana, cellphones and wallets. The victims turned over their money and the suspects left. (No further information was reported.)
Monday, Sept. 8
Police responded to four reports of a disturbance: at 7:45 a.m. in the 2200 block of Dwight Way; at 1:30 p.m. in the 1600 block of Oregon; at 7:25 p.m. in the 1900 block of Sixth Street; and at 8:12 p.m. in the 1200 block of Haskell Street. Police arrested Don Hayag in connection with the Sixth Street incident on suspicion of battery and disobeying a court order. Police arrested Lindsay Washington, 58, in connection with the Haskell incident, on suspicion of disobeying a court order and false imprisonment.
The University of California Police Department reported some type of sex crime at 8:14 a.m. in the Doe Library on the UC Berkeley campus.
There were two home burglaries, at 10:15 a.m. in the 2000 block of Channing Way, and at 10:30 a.m. in the 2300 block of Sacramento Street.
A vehicle was stolen at 6:30 p.m. in the 1300 block of Ordway Street.
Police arrested 23-year-old Rose Phillips on suspicion of second-degree burglary and receiving stolen property at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 9
Police responded to a vice call at 1:43 a.m. at University Avenue and Second Street. Police arrested 23-year-old Rejon Jmar Johnson of Oakland on suspicion of pimping and pandering. He was booked into Berkeley Jail with a bail of $100,000, and set for arraignment Sept. 11. Johnson was arrested previously in Berkeley in connection with robbery and receiving stolen property, in September 2013. He is no longer in custody according to the Alameda County sheriff’s department.
The Berkeley Police Department undertook a death investigation after a man’s body was found near Shattuck and Blake, just outside downtown Berkeley. Read more in Berkeleyside’s Facebook post. Coats said there didn’t appear to be any indication of foul play. The man was identified Tuesday as 22-year-old Tyler Gray, according to the Daily Cal.
Police arrested 37-year-old Rochea Butler at 3 p.m. on suspicion of failure to register as a sex offender. He was picked up on a $110,000 warrant and taken to Berkeley Jail. Butler is no longer in custody, according to the Alameda County sheriff’s department.
According to BART Police, a thief stole a $1,200 red and white Specialized Allez bicycle from the North Berkeley BART Station. The victim told police she locked the bike with a U-lock to the bike racks the prior day at 7:20 a.m., and found it missing as of 6 p.m. Tuesday.
There was a commercial burglary at 7:45 p.m. in the 1800 block of Solano Avenue.
Police responded to a report of a disturbance at 11:28 p.m. in the 1900 block of Center Street.
Wednesday, Sept. 10
There were two calls listed as weapon brandishing, at 2:50 a.m. in the 2000 block of Kittredge Street, and at 8 a.m. in the 2900 block of Sacramento.
A business was burglarized at 5:53 a.m. in the 1400 block of San Pablo Avenue. The owner of Beyond Aero said it was his shop that was hit. He shared security photographs from the theft, and said he hopes the burglars are caught. Police contact information is online here.
According to BART Police, a thief stole a lime green 21-speed mountain bike from the North Berkeley BART station between 4:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The bike had been secured to the north racks with a cable and padlock. The thief cut the lock, which was recovered as evidence.
Other recent calls
Police reported the use of pepper spray during an arrest in August. Read more in this memo from the city manager to the Berkeley City Council.
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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