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From Oct. 8-14, there were reports of six robberies, 25 burglaries, 11 assaults or batteries, three weapon-involved calls and one sexual assaults, according to CrimeMapping.com. There were also 15 stolen vehicles, 22 disturbances and 35 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. Two assaults were reported by the University of California Police Department (UCPD). 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 unless otherwise noted by the beginning of that time period.
Thursday, Oct. 8
There were five home burglaries: at 5:30 a.m. in the 1000 block of Page Street; at 6:30 a.m. in the 1000 block of Miller Street; at 7 a.m. in the 1100 block of Sterling Avenue; at 7:45 a.m. in the 1300 block of Carlotta Avenue; and at 10:30 a.m. in the same block.
Two vehicles were stolen, at 9:38 a.m. at Woolsey Street and Telegraph Avenue, and at 5:30 p.m. in the 1700 block of Grant Street.
There was a call involving a report of a gun at 12:30 p.m. in the 2200 block of Milvia Street. Berkeley police officers detained a student at Berkeley High School after receiving an anonymous tip that the student had a gun. The school was on lockdown from around 12:30 p.m. No weapon was ultimately recovered. Read more on Berkeleyside.
A community member reported, at about 4 p.m., that someone had stolen his white Brooklyn-brand men’s cruiser bike, valued at $530, from the Ashby station, according to the BART Police. The bike had been locked with a metal chain on the east side of the station, and was stolen between 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday.
Friday, Oct. 9
There were four commercial burglaries: at 12:15 a.m. in the 1900 block of Ashby Avenue; at 1:55 a.m. in the 2700 block of College Avenue; at 4:10 a.m. in the 1800 block of Fourth Street; and at 4:38 a.m. in the 1900 block of Ashby.
Regarding the last incident, Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats told Berkeleyside in response to a request for information: A caller reported a possible break-in at 1945 Ashby. Officers arrived quickly and detained three males seen fleeing from the business. All three were 15 years old; two are Berkeley residents and the other is from Oakland. It appears they entered the business by forcing open a side window, Coats said. All three were arrested. Their names were not released due to privacy laws protecting minors.
There were five disturbance calls: at 4:30 a.m. in the 2900 block of California Street; at 10:11 a.m. in the 1500 block of Josephine Street; at 2:10 p.m. in the 2100 block of Bancroft Way; at 3:47 p.m. in the 1200 block of Ashby; and at 4:51 p.m. in the 1400 block of Alcatraz Avenue.
Three vehicles were stolen: at 6 a.m. at Second and Harrison streets; at 12:10 p.m. in the 3200 block of Baker Street; and at 7:50 p.m. in the 1000 block of Miller Avenue.
Police investigated a suspicious bag left unattended in the 2300 block of Shattuck Avenue, but ultimately determined it to be safe. The roadway was closed temporarily during the investigation. Read more on Berkeleyside.
There were four home burglaries: at 10 a.m. in the 600 block of Peralta Avenue; at 11:30 a.m. in the 100 block of Southampton Avenue; at 12:30 p.m. in the 6000 block of Chabolyn Terrace; and at 6 p.m. in the 1300 block of Miramonte Court.
Saturday, Oct. 10
There were two disturbance calls, at 12:53 a.m. at Stanford Avenue and Lowell Street, and at 10:14 p.m. in the 3200 block of Shattuck Avenue. Two people were charged in connection with receiving stolen property, a felony, after the incident at Stanford and Lowell: 29-year-old Antoine Jajjers and Jason Nora. Both are out of custody but scheduled for further pretrial Nov. 10 at the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in downtown Oakland.
There were four second-response calls: at 12:57 a.m. in the 2300 block of Piedmont Avenue; at 10:42 p.m. in the 2400 block of Haste Street; at 11 p.m. in the 1700 block of Virginia Street; and at 11:37 p.m. in the 2300 block of Channing Way.
There was a robbery at 1 a.m. at Bancroft Way and McKinley Avenue.
There were two home burglaries, at 11 a.m. in the 600 block of Stevenson Avenue, and at 9 p.m. in the 2300 block of Piedmont.
Three vehicles were stolen: at noon in the 2800 block of Prince Street; at 9 p.m. at Baker and Harmon streets; and at 11 p.m. in the 1700 block of Virginia Street.
Sunday, Oct. 11
Two vehicles were stolen, at 1 a.m. in the 1000 block of Delaware Street, and at 1:30 a.m. in the 1800 block of Prince.
There were two robberies, at 1:30 a.m. in the 1700 block of Rose Street, and at 3 p.m. in the 1300 block of Ninth Street.
There was a call involving a gun at 2:46 a.m. in the 6000 block of San Pablo Avenue. Police arrested 25-year-old Marcqus Coleman on suspicion of possession of a firearm by a felon, being a felon carrying a loaded firearm, several drug related violations and receiving stolen property. He remains in custody at Santa Rita Jail, with a bail of $220,000, and is scheduled for a pretrial hearing Wednesday, Oct. 28.
According to UCPD, shortly before 3:30 a.m. an assault occurred on the sidewalk in front of the Clark Kerr Campus. An 18-year-old student was walking on Warring Street when he was surrounded by 5 to 6 males: “One of the males punched the victim in the mouth.” The student ran back to his home and called police. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspects. The victim suffered physical injuries to his face from the encounter.
There were two home burglaries, at 7 a.m. in the 2400 block of Webster Street, and at 7 p.m. in the 200 block of Tanglewood Road.
There was a disturbance call at 8:24 p.m. in the 2500 block of Dana Street.
There was a second-response call at 11:37 p.m. in the 2600 block of College Avenue.
Monday, Oct. 12
There were two home burglaries, at 2:30 a.m. in the 2200 block of Dwight Way, and at 7:45 a.m. in the 1600 block of Berkeley Way.
There were six disturbance calls: at 3 a.m. in the 1700 block of San Pablo Avenue; at 9:30 a.m. in the 1800 block of Euclid Avenue; at 1 p.m. in the 1300 block of Seventh Street; at 4:15 p.m. in the 2300 block of Telegraph Avenue; at 5:37 p.m. in the 1900 block of Ninth; and at 6:21 p.m. in the 2600 block of Sacramento Street.
Police arrested a 44-year-old man on Ninth Street street on suspicion of being a transient who had failed to register as a sex offender, despite having been required to do so. He is no longer in custody and charges do not appear to have been filed.
UCPD responded to People’s Park shortly after 6 p.m. for a report of a woman who had been assaulted, suffering great bodily injury. According to UCPD, the 51-year-old woman declined medical help. The 51-year-old man who reportedly assaulted her, however, was taken to Highland Hospital for treatment. No further information was immediately available.
Police arrested a 49-year-old man at about 6:55 p.m. in the 2000 block of Francisco Street on suspicion of being a transient who had failed to register as a sex offender, despite having been required to do so. He is no longer in custody, however, and charges do not appear to have been filed. (The incident was listed on CrimeMapping as a misdemeanor sexual assault, but the man was not arrested on suspicion of any other violations.)
There was a robbery at 7:15 p.m. in the 2200 block of Durant Avenue.
Two vehicles were stolen, at 9 p.m. in the 1400 block of 10th Street, and at 10:45 p.m. in the 1500 block of Fairview Street.
Tuesday, Oct. 13
There was a felony assault or battery at 12:50 a.m. in the 2500 block of Hillegass Avenue.
There was a robbery at 5:52 a.m. at Woolsey and Deakin streets.
Berkeley firefighters and police responded to a fire in the 2900 block of Ellis Street at 10:30 a.m. According to Berkeley Fire Department Battalion Chief Paul Cavagnaro, the two-story house had six residents, four of whom were home when the fire broke out. Two were taken by ambulance to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation, he said. Read more on Berkeleyside.
There was a disturbance call at 12:04 p.m. in the 900 block of Ashby.
There was a vice call at 1:10 p.m. at Milvia and Addison streets.
There was a home burglary at 1:30 p.m. in the 600 block of Addison.
Wednesday, Oct. 14
There was a call involving a gun or other weapon at 12:55 a.m. in the 1900 block of Addison.
A BART Police officer responded to Ashby station at about 1 a.m. for a report of two fare evaders. The officer contacted the pair outside the station, according to a brief statement released by BART: “The male suspect stopped but the female attempted to walk away. An officer attempted to detain her but she struggled and force was used to place her into handcuffs. The agent placed both under citizen’s arrest for fare evasion. A records check showed the female was on probation and had a court order prohibiting her from being on BART. The female was placed under arrest for fare evasion, violation of a court order and her probation was violated.”
There was a commercial burglary at 2 a.m. in the 1400 block of University Avenue.
There were four home burglaries: at 2:30 a.m. in the 1600 block of San Pablo Avenue; at 5 p.m. in the 1200 block of Francisco Street; at 5 p.m. in the 1100 block of Delaware Street; and at 6:20 p.m. in the 2200 block of Channing Way.
There was a disturbance call at 11:21 a.m. in the 1200 block of Second Street.
Three vehicles were stolen: at 11:21 a.m. at Second and Harrison streets; at noon in the 700 block of Camelia Street; and at 1 p.m. at Vincente and Alvarado roads.
There was a robbery at 2:43 p.m. in the 3100 block of College.
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, and UCPD crime alerts. 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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