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. 18-24, there were reports of 13 burglaries, 24 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles and nine stolen vehicles, according to CrimeMapping.com. Three robberies, 19 assaults, domestic violence incidents or batteries and one sexual assault were reported. Significant incidents from the University of California Police Department included a weapons call, a sexual assault, a burglary and a vehicle theft. In addition, BART Police noted a robbery at the North Berkeley BART station. These numbers are subject to change. Click the links above for the latest numbers.
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Thursday, Sept. 18
Two vehicles were stolen, at 8:25 a.m. in the 2200 block of Jefferson Avenue, and at 6 p.m. in the 1400 block of 10th Street. A vehicle was also stolen from University Village in Albany at 7:17 a.m., according to the University of California Police Department.
A business was burglarized at 10:09 a.m. in the 2900 block of College Avenue.
Someone brandished a weapon at 12:30 p.m. at West Street and University Avenue.
A home was burglarized at 2 p.m. in the 2400 block of Dana Street. Police arrested 22-year-old Jasmine Blau on suspicion of second-degree burglary and theft.
There was a felony assault or battery at 5:45 p.m. at Addison Street and McGee Avenue.
Police responded to a disturbance at 10:13 p.m. in the 2000 block of University.
Friday, Sept. 19
There was a “second response” call at 2:44 a.m. in the 2300 block of Piedmont Avenue.
There were two felony assaults or batteries, at 1:44 p.m. in the 1200 block of Burnett Street, and at 4:28 p.m. at Otis and Russell streets. Police arrested 40-year-old Otis Ellis Lindsey in connection with the Burnett Street assault. He is no longer in custody.
A vehicle was stolen at 3 p.m. at Scenic and Le Conte avenues.
A teenager from Richmond was arrested after a carjacking attempt and stabbing Friday at 4:30 p.m. that left a 72-year-old woman in critical condition. Police were called to the intersection of Russell and Otis streets, and ultimately arrested 18-year-old Kamau Berlin in connection with the stabbing. As of last week, the woman was still in critical condition, and Berlin had been charged with attempted homicide. Berkeleyside will continue to follow the story.
From the BART Police: A man detained for fare evasion at the downtown Berkeley BART station at 6:36 p.m. was found with powder cocaine during a search. He was cited for fare evasion and arrested on suspicion of possession of narcotics.
Also according to the BART police, there was an armed robbery in the North Berkeley BART station parking lot at 10:40 p.m. Police said two juveniles approached the victim, brandished a gun and took a cellphone and handbag. The suspects fled south and officers were not able to locate them. No injuries were reported. (Berkeleyside first reported this in last week’s crime blotter, for timeliness.)
Police responded to a disturbance at 10:55 p.m. at Eighth and Cedar streets.
Police handled a call involving a gun or other weapon at 11:07 p.m. at Carleton Street and San Pablo Avenue.
Saturday, Sept. 20
Two vehicles were stolen, at 12:01 a.m. in the 2000 block of Ninth Street, and at 1:31 a.m. in the 2400 block of Piedmont Avenue.
A home was burglarized at 8 a.m. in the 1800 block of Short Street.
Police handled a call involving a gun or other weapon at 3:30 p.m. at Second and Cedar streets.
There was a robbery at 4 p.m. in the 1900 block of San Pablo Avenue.
A business was burglarized at 4:30 p.m. in the 1300 block of Fourth Street.
There was a “second response” call at 9 p.m. in the 3100 block of Lewiston Avenue.
Police responded to two reports of a disturbance, at 10 p.m. in the 800 block of Bancroft Way, and at 10:25 p.m. in the 2500 block of Durant Avenue.
Sunday, Sept. 21
Two vehicles were stolen, at 12:35 a.m. at Hearst and San Pablo avenues, and at 10:15 a.m. in the 2100 block of Sixth Street.
Police handled a “second response” call at 12:44 a.m. in the 2400 block of Warring Street.
A cyclist on Spruce near Eunice streets was seriously injured shortly after 8 a.m. when he and a car collided, according to Berkeley police. The cyclist, 62-year-old Kurt Wehner, later died of his injuries. No cause for the crash has yet been released by authorities. Berkeleyside has requested additional information from Berkeley Police, and will continue to follow the story.
A home was burglarized at 11:20 a.m. in the 2700 block of Stuart Street.
Police arrested Davion Evans on suspicion of grand theft in the 2000 block of San Pablo Avenue at 11:30 a.m. He remains in custody with a bail of $70,000 and also has been charged with robbery and other violations. Evans, 19, is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing Oct. 1 at the Wiley W. Manuel courthouse.
Two businesses were burglarized, at 4:55 p.m. in the 2200 block of Shattuck Avenue, and at 10:30 p.m. in the 3000 block of Shattuck Avenue.
Police responded to a disturbance at 5 p.m. in the 1800 block of Hearst.
From the BART Police: A patron reported that a male suspect evaded fare at 7:39 p.m. to enter the downtown Berkeley BART station. The reporting party pointed out the suspect out to responding officers, and he was detained on the platform. A records checks showed that the suspect had an active stay-away order from all BART stations as a condition of his probation. He was arrested and booked at Glenn Dyer Jail.
BART Police took a report at 9:23 p.m. about a patron whose blue Motobecain 21-speed bike was stolen from the south racks at Ashby station between 8 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Sunday. The victim had secured the bike with a U-lock, which was also taken.
Monday, Sept. 22
There was a sex crime reported in Albany’s University Village at 10:55 a.m., in the 700 block of Ohlone Avenue, according to the University of California Police Department.
There was a felony sexual assault at 7 p.m. in the 1600 block of University.
Tuesday, Sept. 23
A home was burglarized at 5:45 a.m. in the 2300 block of Seventh Street.
A vehicle was stolen at 7 a.m. from Woodmont Avenue and Grizzly Peak Boulevard.
Two businesses were burglarized, at noon in the 2500 block of Bancroft Way, and at 7:32 p.m. in the 1800 block of Fourth.
There was a robbery at 12:06 p.m. at Shattuck Avenue and Allston Way.
There was a burglary at 12:45 p.m. at the Golden Bear Cafe, according to the University of California Police Department.
There were two felony assaults or batteries, at 1:31 p.m. in the 2900 block of Sacramento Street, and at 5:45 p.m. in the 2100 block of Shattuck.
Police responded to a disturbance at 4:47 p.m. at Bowditch Street and Dwight Way.
BART Police took a report at 6:50 p.m. about a $200 blue Peugeot 5-speed women’s road bicycle stolen from the racks at the North Berkeley BART station. It had been secured with a cable lock.
There was a weapons call at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at 7:44 p.m., according to the University of California Police Department.
Wednesday, Sept. 24
There was a robbery at 1:20 a.m. at College Avenue and Parker Street.
There were two home burglaries, at 7:25 a.m. in the 2100 block of Woolsey Street, and at 4:30 p.m. in the 2300 block of Eighth Street.
A business was burglarized at 7:49 a.m. in the 2300 block of Shattuck.
There were three disturbance calls: at 8 a.m. in the 1900 block of Essex Street; at 8:55 a.m. in the 2300 block of Shattuck; and at 7:30 p.m. in the 2300 block of Spaulding Avenue. Police arrested Anthony Vickstrout, 24, on suspicion of making criminal threats in connection with the Shattuck Avenue incident. He is no longer in custody.
A vehicle was stolen at 4:29 p.m. in the 1900 block of Oregon Street.
Other recent incidents
Police investigated a suspicious device at San Pablo Avenue and Gilman Street on Friday, Sept. 26, just before 6:20 a.m., but ultimately determined that the device was not hazardous. During the investigation, residents were advised to shelter in place, and the intersection was closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Police sent out Nixle alerts to let community members know about the incident.
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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