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From May 14-20, there were reports of five robberies, 22 burglaries, 13 assaults or batteries, two weapon-involved calls and no sexual assaults, according to CrimeMapping.com. There were also 16 stolen vehicles, 10 disturbances and 45 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. There were no significant reported incidents from the University of California Police Department (UCPD). These numbers are subject to change. Click the links for the latest numbers. The following items represent a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate; incidents that took place during a range of time are listed by the beginning of that time period.
Thursday, May 14
There were two disturbance calls, at 5 a.m. in the 1700 block of Walnut Street, and at 11:23 a.m. at Telegraph Avenue and Channing Way.
There were two home burglaries, at 9 a.m. in the 2000 block of Channing, and at 7:20 p.m. in the 1700 block of San Lorenzo Avenue.
Three vehicles were stolen: at 11 a.m. in the 1000 block of Pardee Street; at 3:55 p.m. in the 1800 block of Derby Street; and at 6 p.m. in the 2200 block of San Pablo Avenue.
A female pedestrian who was hit by a car just before noon was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, authorities report. The collision took place at Channing Way and Bowditch Street, said Officer Jennifer Coats. No further information was immediately available.
There was a commercial burglary at 1:26 p.m. in the 1800 block of Fourth Street.
A man told the BART Police his $750 red-and-white Jamis Coda Sport men’s 10-speed bicycle had been stolen from the North Berkeley BART station while it was cable locked at the bike racks between 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
UCPD released the following statement: “Since the beginning of May 2015 UC Berkeley has experienced 11 auto burglaries occurring in multiple parking lots on and near campus. In almost all of the incidents valuables were left in plain sight and the burglaries occurred through a window smash. UCPD’s random patrol efforts and dedicated directed patrol operations continue.” Listed locations included the parking lots for the Botanical Garden, Fulton, LH&S Terrace, Bowles, RFS & Rochdale Apartments.
Friday, May 15
There were two commercial burglaries, at 5:25 a.m. in the 1900 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way, and at 5 p.m. in the 2400 block of Shattuck Avenue.
There were two home burglaries, at 8 a.m. in the 500 block of The Plaza Drive, and at 11:30 a.m. in the 2800 block of Oak Knoll Terrace.
Two vehicles were stolen, at 2:45 p.m. in the 2000 block of Dwight Way, and at 11 p.m. in the 1600 block of 62nd Street.
A man told the BART Police his 2000 green Honda Civic was stolen while it was parked at the North Berkeley BART station between 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
There was a disturbance at 7:45 p.m. in the 2500 block of Telegraph Avenue.
Saturday, May 16
There was a felony assault or battery at 4:07 a.m. in the 1500 block of University Avenue.
There was a disturbance at 7:12 a.m. in the 1800 block of Fourth Street.
There were five home burglaries: at 8 a.m. in the 2600 block of Hillegass Avenue; at 10 a.m. in the 2500 block of McGee Avenue; at 3 p.m. in the 2800 block of Channing; at 5 p.m. in the 1400 block of Ada Street; and at 9:30 p.m. in the 1600 block of Buena Avenue.
There was a robbery at 10:05 p.m. at Fulton and Stuart streets.
Police handled a call involving a gun or other weapon at 10:56 p.m. in the 2100 block of San Pablo Avenue. Police arrested Vanak Lorm, 18, on suspicion of several firearm related offenses. He remains in custody without bail and is scheduled to report for sentencing June 25.
Sunday, May 17
Six vehicles were stolen: at midnight in the 1300 block of Harmon Street; at 9:45 a.m. in the 1800 block of Harmon; at noon at Channing and Telegraph Avenue; at 4 p.m. at Spruce and Cedar streets; at 9 p.m. in the 1500 block of Prince Street; and at 11 p.m. in the same block.
There was a disturbance at 8:20 p.m. in the 800 block of University Avenue.
Monday, May 18
A stolen vehicle pursuit that began near Concord, with the driver traveling the wrong direction on the freeway for about 30 miles, ended with a crash in Berkeley around midnight. Authorities spent several hours searching for the driver, but he managed to evade them. (Editor’s Note: They caught up with the alleged driver earlier this week, on May 27.)
Two vehicles were stolen, at 12:42 a.m. in the 3000 block of Bateman Street, and at 6 p.m. in the 1200 block of Grizzly Peak Boulevard.
There was a felony assault or battery at 2:22 a.m. in the 2200 block of Shattuck.
There were two home burglaries, at 7 a.m. in the 2600 block of Hillegass Avenue, and at 12:14 p.m. in the 1400 block of Fairview Street.
Police handled a call involving a gun or other weapon at 10 a.m. in the 2300 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way.
There was a disturbance at noon in the 2100 block of Allston Way.
Tuesday, May 19
From the BART Police: An officer responded just before 12:30 a.m. to the North Berkeley station for a report of a woman creating a disturbance on a Richmond-bound train. A records check revealed she had a court order prohibiting her from being on BART property. The woman resisted the officer as he tried to arrest for the court order. The officer was able to secure the woman in handcuffs, but she began threatening to harm him, according to police. The woman “made spontaneous statements to the officer that led to her being placed on an emergency psychiatric hold.” Police planned to book her into Santa Rita Jail for violation of a court order and on suspicion of resisting arrest after medical clearance. (BART does not include the names of arrested parties in its daily log.)
There were four disturbance calls: at 6:45 a.m. in the 2400 block of Shattuck; at 8:45 a.m. in the 2300 block of Sacramento Street; at 9:18 a.m. in the 2200 block of Shattuck; and at 6:30 p.m. in the 2700 block of Sojourner Truth Way.
There were three home burglaries: at 8:30 a.m. in the 1400 block of Fairview; at 10:50 a.m. at College Avenue and Woolsey Street; and at 1 p.m. in the 1500 block of Sacramento Street.
There were three robberies: at 1:15 p.m. at California and Harmon streets; at 2:30 p.m. at Baker Street and Alcatraz Avenue; and at 6:50 p.m. in the 3100 block of Sacramento.
There were two commercial burglaries, at 4:30 p.m. in the 1500 block of Hopkins Street, and at 7 p.m. in the same block.
A vehicle was stolen at 6:15 p.m. in the 200 block of University Avenue.
Wednesday, May 20
There were two commercial burglaries, at 12:01 a.m. in the 2000 block of Center Street, and at 6:30 p.m. in the 3300 block of Adeline Street.
There was a home burglary at 9 a.m. in the 1600 block of Bancroft Way.
Two vehicles were stolen, at 9 a.m. in the 1400 block of Allston Way, and at 11 p.m. in the 1400 block of 66th Street.
There was a robbery at 7:40 p.m. at Channing Way and Browning Street.
See the Berkeley Police Department’s crime reports on CrimeMapping.com. See the list of calls to UC Police at Berkeley, which are also posted in brief 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. The Berkeley Police Department also posts “calls for service” spreadsheets — containing more data — online for those who would like to see more. New reports may be added to CrimeMapping in an unpredictable manner, so numbers may increase in the days after this report. This post does not reflect every call. See recent Berkeley crime blotters here.
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