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Berkeley Police Log for Feb. 9-15, 2012

Incidents are derived from reports referenced in the UC Police Daily Activity Bulletin, the Berkeley Police calls-for-service log and other reports. The BPD items are from a police-provided sample of the 375+ calls the force receives each week.

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Wednesday, Feb. 15

A 1997 Mazda Miata parked overnight in the 1100 block of Page Street wasn’t there in the morning. 

A gentleman parked his 2007 Lexus this morning outside a business in the 3200 block of Adeline Street, where its roof and windshield were caved in minutes later by a fallen branch from a city-owned evergreen pear tree.

A car that ran a stop sign at Harmon and King streets turned out to be occupied by two suspected marijuana smokers from Richmond and Oakland; two loaded magazines of ammunition; and a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol that had been stolen in an Oakland residential burglary. Both men were arrested; the passenger, a parolee for robbery, was additionally booked on a parole violation. 

Someone who might have had a key to a business in the 2100 block of Allston Way helped himself overnight to the cash register and its contents.

The day in bike thefts: a $700 silver Raleigh Rush Hour from south of Cal's Valley Life Sciences Building sometime between 1 and 5 p.m. and a $500 dark grey Gary Fisher M18 from the Haas Business School racks sometime between 3:30 and 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 14

A commercial property in the 800 block of University Avenue was stripped of its copper pipe and fixtures – both interior and exterior – sometime between Feb. 10 and this morning by a thief or thieves who broke through a glass pane and drywall to get in. 

An armed motorist being pursued by Oakland police drove north into Berkeley, where local officers joined the chase through the streets of South Berkeley about 6:20 p.m. Just a minute later, the suspect’s car was involved in a collision at Shattuck Avenue and Russell Street in which four vehicles were damaged and one person received minor injuries. Oakland police then arrested their two suspects. 

A midnight Recreational Sports Facility workout cost a student his iPhone.

Around the same time, a Cloyne Court resident's $1,000 laptop vanished from her room.

The $170 brown leather Brooks seat was stripped in the middle of a lunch-hour crowd from a bike locked northeast of University Hall.  

A fortyish white man, 5'8", wearing glasses and carrying bolt cutters was chased away from stealing a bike outside the ASUC just before 2 p.m.

A Christian Hall dorm room was looted sometime during the day of a $1,500 laptop and a $1,000 digital camera. 

A drunken young lady who apparently didn't realize that law enforcement can also climb a flight of stairs was peeled off the second-floor balcony of the ASUC and taken to the Berkeley City Jail to sober up.

Her companion, who police say had a small quantity of weed, was merely spoken to on the subject. 

A male student accused of beating and robbing a female student was arrested at Cal's Morrison Hall about 7 p.m. 

Monday, Feb. 13

Somebody stole $250 worth of soda and corn-syrup derivatives overnight from two Evans Hall vending machines.

Also ransacked during the night was Giannini Hall, where a window was smashed to gain access to various goodies including an HP computer monitor.

A woman in the 1600 block of Ward Street whose MacBook was stolen sometime during the day told police that her front door is “is often left open for a number of reasons.”

A 34-year-old man with four Santa Clara County traffic warrants was arrested on the 2200 block of Bancroft Way about 5 p.m.

Campus bike thefts: a Motobecane AL6061 hybrid from the Foothill LaLoma residences sometime before 5 p.m. and a red Giant 4130, value $600, from outside Genetics and Plant Biology.

Sunday, Feb. 12

A 61-year-old San Anselmo man with two Marin County felony warrants for offenses related to marijuana sales was arrested just after midnight at the Unit 2 dorms. 

Somebody stole a University of California police officer's patrol jacket and everything in it. 

A pudgy white guy in a black beanie stole packages about 11 a.m. from outside a home in the 1700 block of Highland Place.

Vehicle burglaries continue apace at the Lawrence Hall of Science parking lot: Between 12:30 and 1:50 p.m. today, three cars' windows were smashed and a Mac laptop and iPad taken, among other things. 

A gun did not persuade someone in the 1900 block of Ashby Avenue at 3:30 p.m. to give up his or her stuff.

A bicyclist in his 20s rode past someone at Blake and Fulton streets about 6:20 p.m., grabbed his or her iPhone and ran off. 

The day in auto thefts: a white Nissan Pathfinder vanished from the 1800 block of Alcatraz Avenue, a 2000 Integra from Oakvale Avenue and a blue 1995 Honda Civic from the 2500 block of Fulton Street.

And in auto burglaries: stereos found stripped about noon in the 2400 block of Acton Street and the 2400 block of Valley Street and an iPod about the same time at Dana and Haste streets.

Somebody pried open a garage door in the 1500 block of Summit Road, but didn't take anything.

Saturday, Feb. 11

In Lower Sproul Plaza, a man was arrested about 1:30 p.m. for three counts of possessing stolen property and petty theft with a prior record.  

Bikes were stolen from a yard in the 1400 block of Allston Way; the 2400 block of Milvia Street; from an unlocked garage in the 2200 block of Eunice Street and, with the aid of bolt cutters, from the corner of Allston and Milvia.

Someone pried open a window of a home in the 2300 block of Prince Street and walked out with a camera and laptop.

Because stores that sell beer on San Pablo Avenue often have cameras, police can get a good idea who's been shoplifting.

Someone's license plate was stripped this morning from a car parked at Oxford Street and Hearst Avenue.

A gray and black scooter vanished from the 1300 block of Alcatraz Avenue.

Someone smashed a vehicle window in the 1300 block of Josephine Street, but didn't take anything.

An employee accused of helping him- or herself to the contents of a cash register in the 2200 block of Shattuck Avenue was arrested.

Owner of the fog machine that set off the Priestly Hall fire alarms: You know who you are.

Friday, Feb. 10

Overnight, somebody stole $1,000 worth of copper welding cable from outside the Recreational Sports Facility. 

Someone was arrested from strongarming someone else out of candy and drinks in the 2100 block of Shattuck Avenue about 1:24 p.m.

The GPS was found stripped this morning from a car in the 200 block of University Avenue.

A resident in the 1400 block of Berkeley Way woke up to find someone had dug up and stolen a plant from his or her garden.

The rear plate was stripped from a vehicle in the 900 block of Allston Way.

The catalytic converter was found stripped at 10:30 a.m. from a vehicle at Claremont and Avelon avenues.

Same thing a few minutes later in the 2800 block of Hillegass Avenue.

A gold 1997 Nissan Altima vanished from the 2300 block of Tenth Street.

A 1984 Tacoma vanished from Eighth and Delaware streets.

Slightly more discerning auto thieves in the 1700 block of Shattuck and the 2600 block of Russell Street stole a blue 2004 Audi A4 and a 2003 Matrix, respectively.

A vehicle lock was picked on Hillside Court for the sake of change lying around visible within.

Somebody pried open a basement window in the 1400 block of Scenic Avenue, but it's unclear what, if anything, they took.

The burglars in the 2300 block of Prince Street, however, pried open a window to find cash.

Thursday, Feb. 9

The lock of a UC van was punched overnight in Parking Structure D and $450 worth of tools and other stuff taken. 

A business in the 600 block of Cedar Street was looted of guitars. 

People who left change lying around their vehicles in the 2200 block of Prince Street and the 3000 block of Deakin Street overnight returned to find seas of broken glass where it had been.

A resident in the 1600 block of Tyler Street reported seeing a middle-aged black man removing a bicycle from his or her garage. 

The door handle was found jimmied this evening on a house in the 2000 block of Browning Street.

A student's Toshiba laptop was stolen inside Moffitt Library at 1 a.m.

A house window was smashed and a laptop taken in the 2200 block of Dwight Way a few minutes later.

Another student's $2,400 Mac laptop was stolen this afternoon in Dwinelle Hall.

Meanwhile, somebody found a black Dell Inspiron laptop. UCPD has it if you can prove it's yours.

The wallet was lifted from a woman's purse during the noon hour in the 2000 block of Kittredge Street by a stocky black man who imagined himself inconspicuous two blocks from the Cal campus by dressing almost entirely in red.

Times are tough: The tip jar was stolen from an eatery in the 2200 block of Shattuck Avenue about 2:24 p.m. by a 40ish gentleman who walked with the aid of a cane.

A bicyclist was hospitalized after he ran into a deer on Centennial Drive about 6:25 p.m.

Police are pretty sure they know who looted the sterling silver from the 2400 block of Roosevelt Avenue.

A 1988 Toyota pickup is homesick for the 1600 block of Harmon Street.

A 1991 Nissan pickup misses the 2600 block of Sacramento Street.

And a 1995 Civic vanished this afternoon from the corner of Hearst and Euclid avenues.

A female student was annoyed enough to call police on the round-faced man following her through the Clark Kerr Campus parking lot in a gold Jeep. 

Yet another license-plate theft, this time from the 2200 block of Grant Street.

Barbara Wilcox February 17, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Just updated with more City of Berkeley crime!
Tanya Jo Miller February 17, 2012 at 06:24 PM
thank you!

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