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From Jan. 14-20, there were reports of seven robberies, 18 burglaries, 17 assaults or batteries, seven weapon-involved calls and two sexual assaults, according to CrimeMapping.com. There were also 12 stolen vehicles, 10 disturbances and 26 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. Three burglaries and a stolen vehicle were reported to the University of California Police Department (UCPD). The following items represent a sampling of calls; incidents that took place during a range of time are listed unless otherwise noted by the beginning of that time period. Arrested individuals listed in this blotter are presumed innocent.
Thursday, Jan. 14
A vehicle was stolen at 6 p.m. from Curtis Street and University Avenue.
There was a felony assault or battery at 6 p.m. in the 3300 block of King Street.
There was a robbery at 8:47 p.m. in the 2300 block of Shattuck Avenue.
There was a commercial burglary at 10:15 p.m. in the 2400 block of Sacramento Street.
Friday, Jan. 15
There were two home burglaries, at 1:09 a.m. in the 2800 block of Russell Street, and at 8:30 a.m. in the 1600 block of Jaynes Street.
There were two disturbance calls, at 8:42 a.m. in the 1800 block of Hearst Avenue, and at 3:25 p.m. in the 1600 block of Josephine Street.
Police responded for a report of a prowler behind a house in the 1600 block of Josephine. Said Lt. Andrew Rateaver of the Berkeley Police Department, “Officers responded and located the suspect fleeing from the scene. He was detained, identified and arrested.” Police identified the man as 33-year-old Carlos Kincaid of San Francisco. (This item first appeared on an earlier blotter for timeliness.)
Police detained three young men after a pedestrian robbery in downtown Berkeley on Shattuck Avenue and Center Street at 2:15 p.m. The robbery took place in front of the BART rotunda, said Rateaver. Police later identified the men as Jerrell Gardner, 20, of Richmond; Terrance Mitchell, 20, of Berkeley; and an 18-year-old from Oakland who was later released without charges, according to online records from the sheriff’s department. (This item first appeared on an earlier blotter for timeliness.) Gardner and Mitchell have been charged, but are no longer in custody. They are set to return to court March 8 for further pretrial, according to Alameda County sheriff’s department records online.
There was a commercial burglary at 6 p.m. in the 600 block of Cedar Street.
A vehicle was stolen at 6 p.m. in the 600 block of Addison Street.
Saturday, Jan. 16
There were two disturbance calls, at midnight in the 2600 block of Acton Street, and at 4 p.m. in the 2100 block of Shattuck.
Two vehicles were stolen, at 2 a.m. in the 100 block of Del Mar Avenue, and at 3 a.m. in the 1900 block of Stuart Street.
There was a vice call at 4:17 a.m. in the 2400 block of Ashby Avenue.
There was a robbery at 9 a.m. at California and Russell streets.
An Oakland man was arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the fatal shooting in 2014 of 21-year-old Damarco J. Thomas. Police arrested Keivon Burnette on a warrant in Oakland at 9:25 a.m. after working on the case for more than a year, said Carolyn Jones, East Bay Regional Park District spokeswoman. The DA’s office has not filed charges. Read more on Berkeleyside.
There were two felony assaults or batteries, at 12:30 p.m. in the 2700 block of Ashby, and at 9:05 p.m. in the 1800 block of 10th Street.
There was a home burglary at 6:25 p.m. in the 3000 block of Acton Street.
Sunday, Jan. 17
There were two felony sexual assaults, at 1:45 a.m. in the 3000 block of Sacramento Street, and at 8:45 a.m. at Kittredge Street and Shattuck Avenue.
There was a gun or other weapon call at 3:14 a.m. at Ashby Avenue and Ninth Street.
There were four home burglaries: at 2 a.m. in the 1700 block of Highland Place; at 10 a.m. in the 2300 block of College Avenue; at 10:02 a.m. in the 2100 block of Haste Street; and at 8:30 p.m. in the 1100 block of University Avenue.
Police arrested 24-year-old Erik Reed (listed occupation: stage pirate) in connection with the incident on Haste. He remains in custody and has been sentenced, according to the sheriff’s department.
A vehicle was stolen at 10 a.m. in the 1400 block of Holly Street.
There were two disturbance calls, at 1 p.m. in the 1300 block of Neilson Street, and at 5:57 p.m. at Russell and Grant streets.
There was a robbery at 4:25 p.m. in the 3000 block of Telegraph Avenue.
In response to a reader query, Berkeleyside asked police for more information about this incident, which took place at Savvy Rest, a bedroom shop. Said Officer Jennifer Coats, BPD spokeswoman, officers responded to a report of a theft at 3001 Telegraph. Someone went into the business and stole two laptops belonging to employees. “An employee attempted to follow the suspect … to retrieve the laptops. The suspect jumped into a getaway vehicle driven by the second suspect. When the vehicle drove off it dragged one of the employees a short distance causing non-life threatening injuries.” Berkeley Fire Department paramedics attended to the woman at the scene, but she declined medical transport, Coats said. The person who took the laptop was described as a black male, 6 foot 3, 175 pounds, with a thin build and short hair. He was wearing a beanie, red scarf, jacket and blue jeans. The driver was described as a dark-complexioned male, 6 feet tall, 170 pounds, with dreadlocks and no facial hair. They left in a tan passenger vehicle, Coats said.
Monday, Jan. 18
There were two commercial burglaries, at 1:40 a.m. in the 2500 block of Durant Avenue, and at 4 p.m. in the 2100 block of Bancroft Way.
There was a call involving a gun or other weapon at 9 a.m. in the 1600 block of Curtis Street.
Three vehicles were stolen: at 10 a.m. at Russell Street and College Avenue; at 4 p.m. in the 1900 block of Dwight Way; and at 10 p.m. in the 600 block of Vincente Avenue.
There was a felony assault or battery at 10:15 a.m. at Harrison and Fifth streets.
There was a home burglary at 11 a.m. in the 1500 block of Acton Street.
There was an arson call at 12:45 p.m. in the 2400 block of Haste Street.
A thief stole a blue men’s mountain bike worth $600 from the North Berkeley station while it was U-locked between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m.
At 10:15 p.m., BART officers “conducted a welfare check on a male that was crawling on the stairs at the Berkeley Station.” Officers found him to be too intoxicated to care for himself and arrested him on suspicion of public intoxication. According to the BART PD, “The officers were escorting the male out of the station when he grabbed an officer, struggled with them and kicked an officer.” He was forced to the ground and held down to control him before being placed inside a patrol car, according to the BART Police. He “complained of injury and was medically cleared” before being taken to Santa Rita Jail on suspicion of public intoxication, resisting arrest and battery on a peace officer.
There was a disturbance at 11:20 p.m. in the 1700 block of Hopkins Street.
Tuesday, Jan. 19
There was a commercial burglary at 1:04 a.m. in the 900 block of Murray Street.
There were two home burglaries, at 5:15 a.m. in the 2100 block of Carleton Street, and at 9 a.m. in the 1800 block of 63rd Street. Police arrested Jatinder Singh, 30, in connection with the incident on Carleton. He remains in custody at Santa Rita Jail with a bail of $35,000. His next court date was not listed.
There was a disturbance at 12:19 p.m. at Shattuck Avenue and Allston Way.
BART closed the North Berkeley station while the transit agency investigated whether a person was on the tracks. BART later confirmed that a person died after being struck by a train shortly after it left the North Berkeley station toward Richmond. The initial report came in at 1:15 p.m., according to BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost.
Three vehicles were stolen: at 4:30 p.m. in the 2000 block of Vine Street; at 8 p.m. in the 1500 block of Oxford Street; and at 8:30 p.m. at Walnut and Virginia streets.
There were two calls involving a gun or other weapon, at 5:10 p.m. in the 2200 block of Shattuck, and at 7 p.m. at Bancroft Way and McKinley Avenue. An 18-year-old from Berkeley was ultimately arrested with a loaded gun after authorities responded to reports of large groups of youth fighting in the streets downtown, police said. Read more on Berkeleyside.
Police got a call at 10:51 p.m. about loud reports in the marina, said Officer Jennifer Coats, Berkeley Police spokeswoman, in response to a reader query from Berkeleyside: “We did not locate any property damage, casings or other evidence. No victims were located.”
There was a robbery at 11:03 p.m. at Ninth and Virginia streets.
Wednesday, Jan. 20
There were two robberies, at 3:10 a.m. at Oxford Street and Hearst Avenue, and at 2:38 p.m. in the 1800 block of 62nd Street. In the first incident, two men, 18-25, who may have had a shotgun, robbed a female and male, then fled south on Oxford, UCPD reported, though it was a BPD case.
A vehicle was stolen at 7:29 a.m. in the 800 block of Cedar Street.
There was a disturbance at 10:37 a.m. in the 1900 block of Allston Way.
There were two home burglaries, at 11:30 a.m. in the 1200 block of Hearst Avenue, and at 2:30 p.m. in the 800 block of Menlo Place.
Three calls involved a gun or other weapon: at 1:50 p.m. at Milvia Street and Allston Way; at 4:10 p.m. in the 1900 block of Allston; and at 8:21 p.m. at Sacramento and Derby streets.
ALLSTON: Berkeley authorities detained two people — one of whom was spotted with a gun — Wednesday afternoon in what school officials say was a continuation of problems that began downtown Tuesday when a group of teens assaulted a BHS student. Read more on Berkeleyside.
DERBY: Police arrested Nathan Wallace, 37, on suspicion of carrying a loaded firearm with an extended magazine, both felonies, and several misdemeanors. He was released on a $50,000 bond. He is scheduled to return to court Feb. 8 for an attorney and plea hearing.
There was a commercial burglary at 8 p.m. in the 1900 block of Ashby 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, 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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