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From Aug. 13-19, there were reports of three robberies, 20 burglaries, 13 assaults or batteries, one weapon-involved call and three sexual assaults, according to CrimeMapping.com. There were also 13 stolen vehicles, 16 disturbances and 26 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. A burglary was 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, Aug. 13
Five vehicles were stolen: at midnight in the 2500 block of Ellsworth Street; at 3 p.m. in the 2400 block of Stuart Street and also at Ninth and Harrison streets; at 5 p.m. in the 2700 block of Ridge Road; and at 11:30 p.m. in the 1300 block of Sixth Street.
There were four disturbances: at 1:21 a.m. in the 1300 block of Hearst Street; at 6:15 a.m. at Grant Street and University Avenue; at 10:20 a.m. in the 1700 block of 62nd Street; and at 6 p.m. in the 2400 block of Telegraph Avenue.
There were two felony assaults or batteries, at 2 a.m. at Channing Way and Telegraph, and at 2:45 p.m. at Alcatraz Avenue and Dover Street.
There were three home burglaries: at 9 a.m. in the 1700 block of Blake Street; at 10:10 a.m. in the 1200 block of Ordway Street; and at noon in the 1000 block of Spruce Street.
Police arrested 42-year-old Rodney Collins on suspicion of various violations including felony drug possession. He remains in custody at Santa Rita Jail with a bail of $200,000, and is scheduled for further pretrial Sept. 3.
Friday, Aug. 14
There was a “second-response” call at 1:07 a.m. in the 2700 block of Bancroft Way.
There were two disturbances, at 2:30 a.m. in the 2700 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way, and at 9:26 a.m. in the 1200 block of Burnett Street.
There were three vehicles stolen: at 8 a.m. in the 2200 block of Ninth Street; at 7 p.m. in the 1200 block of Channing Way; and at 9:30 p.m. in the 2000 block of Bancroft.
There were two home burglaries, at 9 a.m. in the 1700 block of Tacoma Avenue, and at 5:30 p.m. in the 2500 block of Benvenue Avenue.
There was a commercial burglary at 4:30 p.m. in the 2400 block of Shattuck Avenue.
Saturday, Aug. 15
There was a felony sexual assault at 2 a.m. in the 1300 block of Bonita Avenue.
There were two home burglaries, at 6 a.m. in the 1900 block of Bonita, and at 7:52 p.m. in the 2700 block of Haste Street.
There was a robbery at 11:55 a.m. in the 1000 block of Gilman Street.
There was a commercial burglary at 3:30 p.m. in the 1600 block of San Pablo Avenue.
Three vehicles were stolen: at 6 p.m. in the 900 block of Virginia Street; at 7:30 p.m. in the 1300 block of Queens Road; and at 9 p.m. in the 1400 block of Summit Road.
There were two felony assaults or batteries, at 6:38 p.m. in the 2800 block of Mabel Street, and at 9 p.m. at Harmon and Adeline streets. The first incident was due to a shooting near San Pablo Park. A male victim was taken to the hospital for treatment but has since been released. Read more on Berkeleyside.
Sunday, Aug. 16
There was a commercial burglary at 3 a.m. in the 1000 block of Camelia Street.
At least five fire companies responded to a vegetation fire that broke out before sunrise in the Berkeley-Oakland hills. Read more on Berkeleyside.
BART officers received a report of a man exposing his genitals in the flea market at the Ashby BART station around 8 a.m. An officer contacted a man matching the description provided. A witness identified the man and placed him under citizen’s arrest. He was booked into Santa Rita Jail on suspicion of indecent exposure. (This item first appeared in last week’s crime blotter for timeliness.)
There were two disturbances, at 8:55 a.m. in the 1400 block of Ninth, and at 10:11 p.m. in the 3000 block of Telegraph.
A victim reported to the BART Police the theft of a black Trek 7-speed hybrid bike from the racks at the North Berkeley BART station. The bike was secured with a chain and lock on Saturday at 4 p.m. The bike and lock were gone at 10:10 a.m. Sunday.
A vehicle was stolen at 7 p.m. in the 1800 block of Eighth Street.
There was a home burglary at 9:30 p.m. in the 1500 block of University Avenue.
Monday, Aug. 17
There were two commercial burglaries, at 1:14 a.m. in the 3200 block of Sacramento Street, and at 5:19 a.m. in the 2700 block of College avenue.
There were three home burglaries: at 9:45 a.m. at an unlisted location; at 10 a.m. in the 2800 block of California Street; and at 11:45 a.m. in the 2800 block of Benvenue Avenue.
Someone broke into UC Berkeley’s Hearst Gym, according to UCPD, and stole $2,000 worth of property between Aug. 6 at 3 p.m. and Aug. 17 at about 10 a.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 18
There was a felony sexual assault at midnight in the 1600 block of Dwight Way.
There was a second-response call at 12:01 a.m. in the 2400 block of College.
There were two home burglaries, at 7 a.m. in the 2200 block of Dwight, and at 11:30 a.m. in the 2400 block of Fulton Street.
There was a robbery at 8:50 a.m. in the 2600 block of Telegraph.
There were two disturbance calls, at 8:52 a.m. in the 1100 block of Keith Avenue, and at 6:30 p.m. in the 2700 block of Bancroft.
A vehicle was stolen at 2 p.m. in the 2500 block of Shattuck.
Someone reportedly brandished a weapon at 5 p.m. in the 3300 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way.
Wednesday, Aug. 19
There was a robbery at 12:23 a.m. in the 1200 block of University Avenue.
There were two home burglaries, at 11:30 a.m. in the 300 block of Alamo Avenue, and at 2:25 p.m. in the 1600 block of Allston Way.
There was a felony sexual assault at 12:09 p.m. in the 1900 block of Oxford Street.
There was a felony assault or battery at 12:26 p.m. in the 1200 block of Haskell Street.
There were three disturbance calls: at 12:34 p.m. in the 2200 block of Bonar Street; at 1:54 p.m. in the 3100 block of King Street; and at 11:14 p.m. in the 2500 block of Ellsworth Street.
A victim reported to the BART Police the theft of a silver Schwinn road bike, valued at $200, while it was cable locked at the Ashby BART station between 7 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
A man told the BART Police that his catalytic converter was taken from his 2003 Acura TL 4-door while it was parked at the North Berkeley Station between noon and 7 p.m. (This item first appeared in last week’s crime blotter for timeliness.)
There was a second-response call at 11:35 p.m. in the 900 block of Arlington Avenue.
Other recent incidents
UCPD is investigating a sexual battery reported early Tuesday morning. At 12:37 a.m. Sept. 1, an officer was dispatched to the 2100 block of Shattuck where a 20-year-old woman reported that she had been the victim of a sexual battery in a university library approximately 10 minutes earlier. No further information is available at this time. UCPD is investigating this crime.
UCPD reported the arrest of two people linked to an attempted armed robbery on the Grinnell Pathway, north of Alumni House, on the UC Berkeley campus Aug. 9. A 21-year-old male student noticed two males standing on the Octagon Bridge. After walking past them, the student felt something hard pressed against the back of his head. He turned around and one of the males was pointing a gun at him. The student began to yell and the suspects fled the scene westbound on the Grinnell Pathway. UCPD reported the arrest Aug. 31 of 18-year-old Jack Boston and a juvenile male whose name was not released. Boston is no longer in custody. No further information was available at publication time.
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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