This is a partial list of recent crimes in Berkeley prepared by the Berkeley Police Department. For other sources of information on crime in Berkeley see Community CrimeView and Crimemapping.com.

Update, 10:30am: Two new crime alerts have come in from the UC Police:

Armed robbery, Channing Way at Fulton Street

On Wednesday around 2:30 a.m., UCPD was informed that Berkeley Police Department officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at the intersection of Channing Way and Fulton Street.
The unidentified suspect took a victim’s cellular phone.  The suspect fled the scene in a southbound direction.

UCPD is awaiting more information from BPD regarding this offense and a supplemental Crime Alert will be distributed.

The suspect is described as: A Hispanic male, in his late 20s, approximately 5’-5”, small build,
wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, and carrying a pistol.

Attempted strong-arm robbery, Parker Street at Telegraph Avenue

On Thursday around 5:25 p.m., UCPD was informed that BPD officers responded to a report of a strong-arm robbery near the intersection of Telegraph Avenue and Parker Street.  An unidentified suspect attempted to take a victim’s purse.  The suspect was not successful and she fled away on foot, northbound on Chilton Way.  A possible associated vehicle was a maroon colored Lexus. BPD and UCPD checked the area and did not locate the suspect.

The suspect was described as: A Black female, approximately 18-20 years of age, approximately 5’-5” in height, about 160 pounds, with black hair and red highlights in a side braid, and wearing a tight grey T-shirt and torn blue jeans.

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Tuesday, August 2

Residential burglary – 2700 block of Durant Avenue – one arrested
Two residents of a home in the 2700 block of Durant Avenue called 911 at about 3:15 a.m. on Tuesday after a male suspect woke them from the sound he was making trying to enter the unlocked windows. The suspect was partially through the bedroom window when the residents scared him off. The first BPD officer to arrive detained a male in front of the home who matched the description provided by the victims. He told the officer he was on the roof and climbing through windows looking for a friend. He also told BPD officers that he had a shotgun in his car, a Subaru parked nearby. Officer seized it for safekeeping and arrested the 22-year old Covelo, CA man for violation of 459PC — Burglary. An officer did a records check for status of the gun which revealed no information such as registration or whether it might be stolen.

Residential burglary – 1200 block of Dwight Way
Between noon and 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, an unknown suspect or suspects burglarized a home in the 1200 block of Dwight Way. The family called BPD upon returning and discovering the crime. The suspect got in through an unlocked front window, ransacked the living room and bedrooms stealing jewelry, coins from a piggy bank and a camcorder. The suspect then left through the front door, as that door was open when the residents came home. A CSI processed the scene for evidence.

Car stop and drug violation – Stanford and Lowell, Oakland – just over the Berkeley south border  – one arrested
BPD Drug Task Force officers made a traffic enforcement stop of a Pontiac on Tuesday about 4:56 p.m. at Stanford and Lowell Streets. As the officers walked up to the car, one of the officers saw the male passenger stuff a plastic bag into his waistband. A records check confirmed that he was on parole for sales of cocaine and probation for DUI. Officers conducted a parole search of the 31-year old Oakland resident and discovered the plastic bag containing 23 individually packaged pieces of suspected cocaine base in his waistband. BPD DTF officers arrested and booked him for violations of H&S 11351.5 — Possession for Sales of Cocaine, PC 3056 – Parole Violation and PC 1203.2.- Probation Violation. The driver was identified and released at the scene.

Car stop and drug violation – Fairview and Sacramento Streets – one arrested
BPD Drug Task Force officers made a traffic enforcement stop of a blue Volvo on Tuesday about 9:35 p.m. A records check of the 43-year old Berkeley man revealed that he had a suspended/revoked driver’s license. During an inventory search prior to towing the car, officers found a red cloth pouch that had 14 individually packaged pieces of cocaine base under the driver’s seat. The man was arrested and booked for violation of H&S 11351.1 – Possession for Sales of Cocaine and VC 14601.1(a) – Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License. The man’s car was towed for storage.

Wednesday, August 3

Theft of license plate – 2500 Benvenue Avenue
A Berkeley man called BPD on Wednesday at about 3:00 p.m., to report that he had just walked to his Mazda Protégé that was parked in a lot to the rear of his apartment complex, and discovered that his Mazda’s rear license plate had been stolen. He did not see anyone steal his vehicle’s license plate. The BPD officer documented the crime and entered the stolen plate into SVS- Stolen Vehicle System that is also a database for lost or stolen vehicle plates.

Attempted residential burglary – 1600 block of Euclid Avenue
A Berkeley man left his apartment in the 1600 block of Euclid Avenue on Wednesday at about 5:15 p.m. When he returned home at about 7:00 p.m., he discovered that the hallway window was open and unlocked. He went inside, found nothing had been disturbed or apparently stolen. The hallway window is located just outside his front door. It had been broken before and according to the victim, the property owner landlord replaced the window with Plexiglas and then caulked it. An unidentified suspect or suspects was able to push against the Plexiglas and the window popped open enough for the suspect to reach in and unlock the window. The BPD called the CSI to dust the area for any viable fingerprints.

Burglary of motel room – 900 block of University Avenue — one arrested
A 65-year old Walnut Creek man left his motel room on Wednesday about 7:40 p.m. to buy a soda. He closed his hotel room but did not lock it. The room is one of many rooms of a business in the 900 block of University Avenue. When the man returned, he found a male suspect rummaging through his belongings on the bed. The victim yelled at the suspect who fled the room. BPD officers arrived and detained the suspect nearby, a 50-year old Berkeley man. Officers arrested and booked him for violations of 459PC – Burglary and a Parole Violation, 3056 PC.

Identity theft/fraud – 1600 block of Ward Street
A Berkeley woman called BPD on Wednesday to report that she received a phone call from a representative of Sears in Connecticut. The rep told her that she opened a credit account in their store and charged over $2,000. The rep said another purchase of over $1,000 was being attempted and they were suspicious. The victim confirmed she did not open the account and had not authorized anyone else to do so. On the same day, a representative of Target called her and said someone was attempting to open a credit account in the store. The victim told the rep it was not her and the attempt was denied. A suspect or suspects had also attempted to open a credit line at Best Buy. She checked her credit report and there was an outstanding balance of $2,000 at JC Penney’s as well. The officer documented the crimes and provided identity theft resources.

Thursday, August 4

Drunk in public – Shattuck Avenue & Allston Way – one arrested
At 12:53 a.m, on Thursday, a BPD officer saw a man stumbling on the sidewalk at Shattuck Avenue and Allston Way. The officer made contact with the subject to make sure he was okay. Upon contact with the 46-year old Berkeley man, the officer saw that he was very unsteady on his feet and barely able to stand up without assistance. The man’s speech was also slurred and he had the strong smell of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath and on his person. Due to the objective signs of alcohol intoxication he exhibited, the officer felt that the man was unable to care for his own safety. The man was arrested and booked for violations of PC647(f) and a Probation Violation.

Theft from a truck – 1100 block of Channing Way
On Thursday at approximately 4:00 a.m., a Berkeley man in the 1100 block of Channing Way heard sounds of movement near his vehicle, a Dodge Dakota pick-up, which was parked near his home. The truck owner said that he went to his vehicle and discovered the rear load-bearing rack on the back of his pick-up truck was stolen.

Warrant arrest and probation search – 1000 block of University Avenue — one arrested
At about 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, members of the BPD Property Crimes Unit went to arrest a man who had a $0 Bail Warrant for Auto Theft. The detectives were also planning to conduct a probation search of his living space in the 1000 block of University Avenue. The suspect fled to his balcony and there were a few tense moments not knowing what his intentions were. He was coaxed to relax and he was arrested without further incident. The 25-year old Berkeley man was arrested and booked for the warrant. Detectives did a search of his apartment and found and seized suspected stolen property. They are in the process of confirming if the items are indeed stolen and at that time, booking offenses of 496PC – Possession of Stolen Property and 1203.2 PC Probation Violation will be added. He is currently in the BPD jail. BPD conducts these types of arrest operations, parole and probation searches, search warrants and related surveillances each week related to all types of crime. In most cases, community members or the public never know these efforts are ongoing.

Drunk in public – 2700 block of Hillegass Avenue – one arrested
At 10:10 a.m. on Thursday, a BPD officer was patrolling the area around Willard Park. The officer saw a man staggering in the park as the man approached three other individuals. The officer got out of his patrol car and approached the man to check his welfare. The officer immediately noticed objective symptoms of alcoholic beverage intoxication. The man’s speech was slurred and slow, his eyes were bloodshot, he was belligerent, his body was swaying as he stood in front of the officer and he had an odor of alcohol beverage coming from his breath and body. The BPD officer determined that the 52-year old man could not care for his own welfare. He arrested him for violation of PC 647(f) – Drunk in Public and PC 1203.2 PC — Probation Violation, as he was active to probation for PC 647(f).

Lance Knobel

Lance Knobel (co-founder) has been a journalist for nearly 40 years. Much of his career was in business journalism. He was editor-in-chief of both Management Today, the leading business magazine in Britain,...

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4 Comments

  1. What’s with the “could not care for his own welfare/safety” criterion though?  Shouldn’t, “is ruining Downtown for everyone else” be sufficiently actionable?  I’m guessing it would be in a lot of cities.

  2. Thank you DTF !  keep that border war in check.

    Most people commenting on this list have no idea what it is like to live hostage to gangs and summer street wars.

    This is the third summer in a row of much calmer streets in south Berkeley, thanks to the  effective neighborhood group abatement of several properties, both commercial and residential,  and monitoring by beat cops and DTF .

    The neighborhood group became so effective using standard tools used by Oakland neighborhood groups, that Berkeley politicians created a strategy to undermine our efforts.

    Thank god the cops and a few people on the southside of city hall’s 5th floor still have our backs.