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Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

Homeless man arrested after Berkeley bank robbery

Berkeley police officers recovered the cash after arresting a homeless man they said was responsible for robbing a bank late Tuesday morning. According to police, Barrett Brown was not armed but instead used a note to demand money from a teller at the downtown Berkeley Union Bank located at 2333 Shattuck Ave., at Durant Avenue. Police described Brown, […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

Berkeley police defend tactics after laundromat robbery

One week after a police operation in southwest Berkeley sparked community questions about whether military tools and tactics have been unnecessarily adopted by local departments, the Berkeley Police chief and one of his captains said safety was the overriding concern that drove decision making last Monday. Threats to officer safety are very real. Police Chief Michael Meehan and […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

Berkeleyside blotter: Crime in Berkeley, 2/26-3/4

This overview of recent crime in Berkeley is based on reports to the Berkeley Police unless otherwise noted. Please don’t hesitate to share photos, videos or tips, about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at tips@berkeleyside.com or on Facebook or Twitter; let us know if you prefer to be anonymous. Don’t assume someone else will alert us — we value your eyes and ears, and you may be […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety, Schools

Update: 2 Berkeley High students injured, 3 arrested after fights downtown

Update, Jan. 24, 8:45 p.m. The Berkeley Police Department said the two arrests referenced by Principal Glenchur were for incidents that happened Friday: A 15-year-old was arrested on suspicion of possession of a BB gun on the school campus; and a 14-year-old was arrested on suspicion of being a non-student who refused to leave, and reentered campus. Both […]

Posted inCommunity

Police hold art show to raise money for turkey baskets; fundraiser tonight at Berkeley Underground

After a two-year hiatus, the Berkeley Police Association has brought back its holiday “turkey basket” program for families in need. The association is holding an art show Wednesday night, Nov. 19, to raise money for that program by selling photographs by three Berkeley Police officers. The charity event takes place at the recently opened Berkeley Underground […]