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From July 30 to Aug. 5, there were reports of eight robberies, 19 burglaries, 11 assaults or batteries, three weapon-involved calls and one sexual assault, according to CrimeMapping.com. There were also 13 stolen vehicles, 11 disturbances and 43 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. There were two burglaries and one sex crime reported by 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, July 30
There were four robberies: at 1:55 a.m. at San Pablo and Hearst avenues; at 3:19 a.m. in the 2400 block of Haste Street; at 1:10 p.m. in the 2000 block of Oregon Street; and at 5:27 p.m. in the 1600 block of Derby Street. Police arrested a 23-year-old Berkeley man at 1:19 p.m. on suspicion of robbery in connection with the incident on Oregon, but he is no longer in custody and does not appear to have been charged, according to online records from the Alameda County sheriff’s department. Police arrested an 18-year-old man in connection with the Derby Street incident but he, too, is no longer in custody and charges do not appear to have been filed.
A man who had been sleeping in People’s Park woke up to discover signs that he had been raped, according to UCPD. Read more on Berkeleyside.
There was a commercial burglary at 11:25 a.m. in the 2000 block of Rose Street.
There were three home burglaries: at 11:45 a.m. in the 800 block of Grizzly Peak Boulevard; at 12:04 p.m. in the 1300 block of Ordway Street; and at 4 p.m. in the 100 block of Hillcrest Road.
There were two disturbance calls, at 3:40 p.m. in the 1000 block of Merced Street, and at 10:41 p.m. in the 2500 block of Hillegass Avenue.
A vehicle was stolen at 8 p.m. in the 2700 block of Parker Street.
Between May 4 and July 30, the Berkeley Police Department has investigated a residential burglary series around the 1300 block of Ordway Street. According to police, “The burglaries have been occurring at varying hours throughout the day and into the evening. The police department has investigated as many as 15 residential burglaries associated with the series. The suspect typically gains entry to the homes via unlocked door/window or window pry/smash. In seven of the burglaries, various silverware pieces and other items containing silver have been stolen. Other items that have been consistently stolen are cash, jewelry, laptops, tablets, and other small electronics.” Read tips about burglary prevention online.
Friday, July 31
There was a commercial burglary at 3 a.m. in the 2500 block of Ninth Street.
There were two home burglaries, at 1 p.m. in the 1600 block of 62nd Street, and at 11:30 p.m. in the 1100 block of Francisco Street.
Two vehicles were stolen, at 1:30 p.m. in the 1600 block of Woolsey Street, and at 7:57 p.m. at Sacramento and Stuart streets. Police arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion of auto theft in connection with the second incident, but he is no longer in custody and charges do not appear to have been filed, according to online records from the sheriff’s department.
There were two disturbances, at 8:30 p.m. in the 1300 block of University Avenue, and at 11:27 p.m. at California and Julia streets.
There was a call involving a gun at 10:52 p.m. at Alcatraz Avenue and Herzog Street. Police arrested Lamar Cannada, 57, on suspicion of multiple violations including several related to firearms. He remains in custody without bail at Santa Rita Jail and is scheduled for a sentencing hearing Sept. 11.
BART officers responded to the downtown Berkeley station for a report of a man brandishing a weapon shortly before midnight. An officer detained the man as he tried to flee from the station. He was placed under arrest and booked on suspicion of brandishing a weapon. BART does not routinely provide in its daily crime reports the names of subjects arrested. (This item first appeared in a prior Berkeleyside blotter for timeliness.)
Saturday, Aug. 1
There was a disturbance at 3:52 a.m. at Webster Street and Telegraph Avenue.
Two vehicles were stolen, at 5 a.m. in the 3100 block of Mabel Street, and at 7:17 a.m. at California and 62nd streets.
There were two robberies, at 8 a.m. in the 2900 block of San Pablo Avenue, and at 6:37 p.m. in the 2300 block of Telegraph Avenue. Police arrested Raykheem Guthery, 23, on suspicion of robbery and other violations in connection with the incident on Telegraph. He remains in custody with a bail of $180,000 but is not eligible for bail. He is scheduled for a preliminary examination Aug. 18.
There was a home burglary at 10:45 p.m. in the 2000 block of Milvia Street. Police arrested two men on suspicion of burglary: Khalid Khanshali, 23, and Rashad Williams, 19. Khanshali is no longer in custody, but a bench warrant is scheduled to be issued Wednesday for his arrest. Williams remains in custody at Santa Rita Jail. He is scheduled for a procedural hearing Wednesday.
An officer on patrol spotted a stolen truck parked in North Berkeley, but the driver fled and ended up crashing in a yard on Posen Avenue. The officer noticed the pick-up truck sometime after 11 p.m. in a parking lot near Monterey Avenue and Hopkins Street, and ran the license plate, which came back stolen out of San Francisco. While the officer was trying to detain a woman who had been in the truck, she jumped back inside through the passenger door and drove off. She crashed in a yard nearby, in the 1500 block of Posen, then fled. Police responded to the area and ultimately had the vehicle towed. One local resident described what looked to be “20 police with 10 cars, lights blazing, blocking the street” and a crime scene truck in the area. The woman fled on foot but was not apprehended. (This item first appeared in a prior Berkeleyside blotter for timeliness.)
Sunday, Aug. 2
There was a felony sexual assault at 12:01 a.m. in the 2100 block of Allston Way.
There were five home burglaries: at 8 a.m. in the 2200 block of Carleton Street; at 12:40 p.m. in the 2100 block of Haste Street; at 5:45 p.m. in the 2600 block of Regent Street; at 6:58 p.m. in the 1900 block of Delaware Street; and at 8 p.m. in the 2900 block of Russell Street.
There was a call involving a gun or other weapon at 12:44 p.m. in the 2600 block of Sacramento Street, and a call involving the brandishing of a weapon at 3:48 p.m. in the 2300 block of Telegraph. Police arrested a 37-year-old Berkeley man on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm, but he is no longer in custody and charges do not appear to have been filed, according to online records from the sheriff’s department.
There were three vehicles stolen: at 5 p.m. in the 1500 block of Blake Street; at 9:30 p.m. in the 2300 block of Russell Street; and at 10:30 p.m. in the 1900 block of Channing Way.
Police arrested Deshaun Montgomery, 24, at 5:40 p.m. in connection with a robbery July 28 at 5:38 p.m. at Shattuck Avenue and Channing Way. He remains in custody at Santa Rita Jail with a bail of $210,000, and is scheduled for preliminary examination Sept. 14 at the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in downtown Oakland.
A Berkeley man was violently assaulted while trying to get into his vehicle at 9:30 p.m. According to Berkeley Police Officer Jennifer Coats, department spokeswoman, the man was trying to get into his vehicle at Seventh Street and Channing Way when another man threw him to the ground, then punched and kicked him. During the assault, a chain was torn from the man’s neck. The suspect fled the area and managed to evade capture. The victim was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at a local hospital. Coats said the incident is believed to have been a robbery attempt. Police later found the chain, which had been discarded by the suspect or torn off during the assault, Coats said. (This item first appeared in a prior Berkeleyside blotter for timeliness.)
Monday, Aug. 3
There were three home burglaries: at 4:50 a.m. in the 2100 block of Prince Street; at 8:30 a.m. in the 1600 block of Carleton Street; and at 1:42 p.m. in the 1500 block of Dwight Way.
There were two robberies, at 6:20 a.m. in the 2200 block of Shattuck Avenue, and at 5:30 p.m. at Ashby Avenue and Sacramento Street. Police arrested Audrey Barlow, 31, on suspicion of robbery and theft in connection with the second incident. He is being held with a bail of $5,000 at Santa Rita Jail and is scheduled for a hearing to determine his mental competency Sept. 10.
There was a disturbance at 8:10 a.m. at Shattuck Avenue and Dwight Way.
Two vehicles were stolen, at 11 a.m. in the 2500 block of Hillegass Avenue, and at 8 p.m. in the 1100 block of Hearst Avenue.
There was a commercial burglary at 10:15 p.m. in the 2400 block of Sacramento Street.
There was an arson call at 10:48 p.m. in the 2100 block of Hearst Avenue.
Tuesday, Aug. 4
UCPD said a burglary at Evans Hall was discovered just before 7 a.m. A thief smashed a window, then stole computers worth $6,000 from nine rooms on the ninth floor. The theft happened between about 1:15 a.m. and 7 a.m. In recent months, UCPD has reported “an upswing in burglaries via window smash” on the UC Berkeley campus. Buildings recently reporting burglaries are North Gate Hall, Dwinelle, Cory, Wellman and Moses halls, and Haas School of Business. Police ask anyone with information about these incidents to call Detective Harry Benningson at 510-642-4909 or email him at email@example.com.
There were three disturbance calls: at 7:30 a.m. in the 200 block of Brookside Avenue; at 3:09 p.m. in the 2000 block of Shattuck Avenue; and at 3:44 p.m. in the 1200 block of Virginia Street.
Three vehicles were stolen: at 8:30 a.m. in the 1500 block of Alcatraz Avenue; at 1:30 p.m. in the 1800 block of Sixth Street; and at 3:30 p.m. in the 900 block of Spruce Street.
A man told the BART Police his red Huffy mountain bicycle was stolen while cable locked at the North Berkeley BART station between 8:15 a.m. and 8:40 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 5
There were two disturbance calls, at 2:05 a.m. in the 2200 block of Milvia Street, and at 3 p.m. in the 2300 block of Ninth Street.
There were two home burglaries, at 6 p.m. in the 2100 block of Emerson Street, and at 10 p.m. in the 1700 block of Hearst Avenue.
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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