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Berkeley Police Log for July 28-Aug. 4

Now including UC campus crime! Incidents are compiled from reports referenced in the Berkeley Police Department’s Community CrimeView interactive map and from other police reports.

Thursday, Aug. 4

A man in the 1100 block of Channing Way learned that the noise near his pickup truck that awakened him about 4 a.m. was the sound of its rear load-bearing rack being carted off. 

Officers who went to arrest a man in the 1000 block of University on a no-bail warrant this morning experienced "a few tense moments" when he fled to his apartment balcony, but finally rounded him up along with a quantity of suspected stolen property found inside.

An apparently drunken man staggering through Willard Park at 10:10 a.m. was arrested.

Wednesday, Aug. 3

Two vehicles stolen July 31 from Fourth and Page streets — a white 2011 Ford Econoline 350 van  and a white 2008 utility trailer — were recovered in Albany Village.

A 65-year-old Walnut Creek man left his motel room in the 900 block of University Avenue about 7:40 p.m. to buy a soda, closing the door but not locking it. When he returned, he found a middle-aged guy rummaging through his belongings on the bed. The thief fled, but was quickly found and arrested on suspicion of burglary and a probation violation.

An apartment dweller in the 1600 block of Euclid Avenue returned from a two-hour errand about 7 p.m. to find that someone had popped open the Plexiglas hallway window outside his front door. Nothing was taken, but the tenant noted that the window been broken by a previous burglar and replaced with Plexiglas by the property owner.

A Berkeley woman got a phone call from Sears in Connecticut wanting to verify a $1,000 credit purchase being made in her name. No, she had never opened or even heard of this account, which already had a $2,000 balance. On the same day, Target Stores called the woman and said someone was attempting to open an account in the store. A credit check revealed an unexplained $2,000 balance at JC Penney’s, while a similar attempt at Best Buy was denied.

A Mazda in the 2500 block of Benvenue Avenue had its rear license plate stolen.

In separate incidents, students' bikes outside University Hall and Evans Hall were stripped of parts.

A man was picked up in the Eucalyptus Grove this afternoon on a probation violation.

A woman's wallet was stolen around 3 p.m. in Doe Library.

A man who apparently had been sleeping outside Tolman Hall was told to move along.

Tuesday, Aug. 2

Two people in the 2700 block of Durant Avenue were awakened about 3:15 a.m. by the sound of a man climbing through their unlocked bedroom window. Police arrested a man nearby who matched that description and who told them he was on the roof looking for a friend.

A key was left in a lock in the 3200 block of Shattuck Avenue, and laptops and cameras within are now gone.

A large (6'0", 250+ lbs.) would-be bicycle thief fled Soda Hall when his nefarious doings were observed just before dawn.

A 55-year-old man riding his bicycle inside the Recreational Sports Facility at 7 a.m. was spoken to about it.

A 31-year-old nonstudent lost his campus hanging-around privileges for seven days after causing a lunch-hour disturbance inside Doe Library.

Same thing happened to two People's Park denizens engaged in what the UCPD log describes as "mutual battery."

Sometime between noon and 4 p.m., someone climbed through an unlocked front window of a home in the 1200 block of Dwight Way, ransacked the living room and bedrooms and stole jewelry, a camcorder and coins from a piggy bank.

A passenger in a car stopped about 5 p.m. at Stanford and Lowell avenues, just over the Oakland city line, had a plastic bag stuffed into his waistband with 23 individually wrapped pieces of alleged cocaine base.

Three men in a pickup truck appeared to be checking out the south side of Etcheverry Hall for future bike thefts.

The driver of a blue Volvo stopped at Fairview and Sacramento streets about 9:30 p.m. had 14 individually wrapped pieces of alleged cocaine base under the seat.

Monday, Aug. 1

A 72-year-old man was arrested near the Pelican Building on a no-bail felony warrant from the state Department of Corrections around 10:30 p.m.

A man was picked up on traffic warrants about 12:30 a.m. in the 2500 block of Durant Avenue.

Somebody thought it was hilarious to spray parts of Evans, Bechtel, Blum and Sutardja Dai halls with a fire extinguisher.

Copper wiring was stripped from the Anna Head site at 2538 Channing Way.

Two Viewsconic projectors worth $1,400 are missing from B75 Hildebrand Hall.

A student's nifty 7-speed Gahom folding bike is missing from Wurster.

Police seek a 45-year-old man who allegedly exposed himself in Strawberry Canyon around 8 p.m.

Sunday, July 31

A 21-year-old Rochdale Village man was jailed on suspicion of sexual battery and three counts of battery.

A man and woman in People's Park were picked up around 10:30 a.m. on $5,000 and $15,000 Ventura County misdemeanor warrants, respectively.

Someone was arrested at a party in the 2700 block of Bancroft Avenue for attempting to steal stuff.

A 1993 Toyota Prerunner was stolen from the Berkeley Marina, while a 1992 Nissan Maxima was stolen from the 1600 block of Posen Avenue.

A student's 2003 Mitsubishi Montero was burglarized this afternoon on Jackson Street in Albany Village; it's not clear what was taken.

A musical thief or thieves took a Yamaha keyboard around noon from an unlocked car at Hillegass Avenue and Parker Street.

Someone stole a white Camry from the 1500 block of Harmon Street.

Someone was robbed at gunpoint around 10:30 p.m. in the 3100 block of Adeline Street, while a robber around the same time at Euclid and Eunice streets needed only threats to divest someone of an iPhone. 

A cyclist who locked his wheel to a stationary object at Center Street and Shattuck Avenue returned around 10 p.m. to find the rest of the bike gone.

That city sign at Telegraph and Parker did not walk away by itself.

Saturday, July 30

People attending a late-night party in the 2500 block of Ridge Road ransacked several unlocked rooms, helping themselves to at least three laptops, two iPhones, a cell phone, credit cards and jewelry.

Camping equipment was stolen from an unlocked car in the 1600 block of Fairview Street.

Yay! A student's $300 Felt bike stolen Friday from outside Evans Hall was recovered by BART police and returned.

Somebody smashed a window in the 3000 block of Telegraph Avenue and stole a purse, a camera and computer equipment.

Somebody who probably shouldn't have had the combination to some locks in the 1400 block of Fifth Street walked off with the computers inside.

A door was unlocked in the 1900 block of Channing Way, and a laptop disappeared through it.

A 40-year-old peddler was served with a stay-away order at Stanley Hall.

Someone walking down the 1500 block of University Avenue at 11 a.m. had the iPhone snatched out of his/her hand.

Several people in and around the Greek Theater for the Perfect Circle concert were spoken to about California's open-container law.

Also the public-urination law.

But a woman who responded unkindly to a similar conversation was arrested for a probation violation and battery on a peace officer. 

Someone stole a 2003 Jaguar parked at Shattuck Avenue and Bancroft Way.

A Cloyne Court resident was hospitalized with an "alcohol-related illness."

Friday, July 29

If you want to sit unnoticed in your truck with a bunch of narcotics, doing so in a towaway zone is unwise. A man learned this lesson in Albany Village at 12:30 a.m.

The catalytic converter was stripped from a vehicle in the 2700 block of Derby Street.

Someone kicked open a door in the 2100 block of Browning Street and stole an iPad and cameras.

Three people suspected of breaking into a vehicle around the same time in the 900 block of The Alameda and stealing a computer were arrested.

Somebody broke into the Albany Village community center via a window, but didn't take anything.

A man pried open a garage window at Allston Way and Shattuck Avenue and stole a backpack. He is described as a white male, 40-50 years old, thin with short brown hair and glasses and wearing black clothing.

A 1995 Honda Civic, license plate 3NLP229, was stolen from the 3000 block of Bateman Street.

A 19-year-old who skateboarded through a red light at Durant Avenue and Bowditch Street this afternoon was spoken to about it.

A student's $700 Cannondale Bad Boy bike was stolen from outside Stanley Hall.

A battery suspect in People's Park was arrested and placed under psychiatric observation.

Two people bringing alcohol and weed into the Greek Theater show were cited.

Thursday, July 28

A male Cal student was robbed of his wallet on the 2500 block of Durant Avenue a few minutes after midnight.

Around the same time, someone stole $1,000 worth of stuff from a Freeborn Hall dorm room.

Sometime this afternoon, a visitor's $2,500 MacBook Pro was stolen from the Men's Faculty Club.

A 27-year-old man was picked up on misdemeanor warrants around 7 p.m. at University Avenue and Oxford Street.

A 2006 Vespa scooter was stolen around 5 p.m. from the 1900 block of University Avenue and recovered a few blocks away on Center Street with some 18- to 20-year-old kid sitting on it.

But the 2003 Vespa taken from the 2000 block of Allston Way around the same time is still missing.

Lou Judson August 05, 2011 at 02:47 PM
I find the addition of UC items to be trivial and distracting. Good to have them but I think they should be separate - who really cares about fire extinguisher spraying and the names of the halls make no sense to the casual reader. Is Doe Library where the deer read? The UC stuff seems trivial and juvenile for the main part. It would be far more relevant to include BART police reports than UC campus stuff... Just a comment. <L>
Barbara Wilcox August 05, 2011 at 06:27 PM
BART police data would be informative, I agree. We include UCPD data because other readers have requested it. Also, UCPD assists with many BPD calls, so the line between the jurisdictions is more permeable than one might suppose. Having all this info in a single blotter rather than several is largely a matter of funding.

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