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Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

Police seek woman after ID theft, shopping sprees

Berkeley police investigators are trying to find the woman pictured above after linking her to an ID theft case and fraudulently purchased merchandise worth thousands of dollars, authorities report. Police said Thursday in a prepared statement that a Berkeley woman identified the person pictured above, on Nov. 30, as someone who had “used her stolen identity […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

Pit bull fatally shot after biting Berkeley Police officer

Berkeley police fatally shot a pit bull in West Oakland on Tuesday night after the dog attacked an officer during a search warrant operation, officials have reported. According to scanner recordings reviewed by Berkeleyside, an officer also received an accidental graze wound from a bullet shot at the dog during the confrontation. Officer Stephanie Polizziani, […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

Berkeley pair faces felony identity theft charges

A Berkeley couple facing seven felony counts related to identity theft allegations is set to appear in court Thursday for a pre-trial hearing. Berkeley police arrested Albert Thomas and Juanita Roles at their southwest Berkeley apartment in the 1200 block of Haskell Street earlier this month after a search warrant turned up identity theft materials, illegal drugs, […]

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Police: Man arrested after impersonation at Berkeley bank

A Hercules man has been charged with identity theft and forgery after walking into a Berkeley bank and pretending to be someone else earlier this month, authorities said. Randeep Randhawa, 30, reportedly entered the Chase Bank at 2390 Shattuck Ave. on Jan. 6 with a doctored driver’s license and tried to change another man’s account information, […]

Posted inCity

News Group chief responds to Berkeley privacy breach

The Bay Area News Group maintains a database of public employee compensation records. Click the image to search the database. Following this week’s disclosure by Berkeley city staff that roughly 11,000 municipal employee social security numbers had been erroneously divulged to a local media outlet in March, the media outlet’s managing editor said Tuesday that […]

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Berkeley shared SSNs from 11,000 current, past staff

City Manager Christine Daniel said information from 11,000 current and retired employees had been mistakenly released. Photo: Emilie Raguso It emerged Tuesday afternoon that more people than previously thought had their social security numbers inadvertently released to a local news organization due to an error by a city of Berkeley employee. City Manager Christine Daniel […]