Berkeley Police Log for June 30-July 6, 2011

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.

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Due to technical difficulties with BPD's crime map, some incidents may be missing from this week's report. 

Wednesday, July 6

A 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of attempted carjacking, assault with a deadly weapon and narcotics possession at Haste and Dana streets.

A Berkeley cyclist believed to be missing was actually 

Someone broke into a campus employee’s 1997 Honda in the 6300 block of College Avenue and stole his Lenovo laptop.

A female student free-climbed Doe Library just after midnight.

Tuesday, July 5

A man lurking around Evans Hall at 2 a.m. was picked up on a parole violation and an outstanding warrant.

Copper wire was stolen from the Memorial Stadium renovation project.

Someone in LeConte Hall burned his/her dinner badly enough to set off the fire alarms. 

A man stopped outside North Gate Hall at 8:33 p.m. with burglary tools and a probation record was arrested.

A 19-year-old Berkeley man was walking home alone near College Avenue and Garber Street about 9:40 p.m. when he encounted two men; one grabbed the iPhone out of his hand while the other punched him and tried to steal his shoulder bag. Failing in the latter, both ran away.

A woman was robbed about 10:48 p.m. at Woolsey and Tremont streets by a man who walked up to her, blocked her path, grabbed her iPhone and attempted to steal her purse by the shoulder strap. Falling to the ground in the scuffle, she was able to kick her assailant and scream for help. Neighbors heard her screaming and yelled to the robber to leave her alone. He let go of the victim’s purse and ran to a waiting car that sped away.

A 26-year-old Berkeley man waiting at a bus stop in the 1900 block of University Avenue about 9:40 p.m refused to hand over his iPhone to three men until one of them suggested that he had a gun. 

Monday, July 4

In separate incidents, two men were arrested for suspected DUI at Channing Way and Bowditch Avenue.

Squatters were spotted in the former Anna Head School, and one man was cited for possessing marijuana and alcohol there.

A female student and a young man snuck into Haas Pool for an 11 p.m. swim.

A man in People’s Park was arrested on an outstanding warrant and for possessing a knife.

Sunday, July 3

Just before 10 p.m., a young Albany man walked past a bus bench on the 1300 block of Henry Street and was assaulted by a man who had been sitting there, along with a second assailant who approached him from the other side. After being punched several times, the victim handed over his iPhone and the men ran away.

A few minutes later, a 21-year-old Berkeley man was walking home near Oxford and Cedar streets just before 10 p.m. when he was waylaid by one man who grabbed the iPhone from his hand and another who rushed up behind him and grabbed his wallet. Both ran away after emptying the cash from the wallet and dumping it on the ground.

About 10:55 p.m., a 22-year-old Berkeley man walking along the 2700 block of College Avenue was tailed by three men, one of whom demanded his backpack while the others followed behind him. When the victim began walking faster, two of the assailants shoved him to the ground and pointed knives at him. They divested him of his possessions, then forced him into the back seat of a dark sedan, drove a block and “threw him out,” he said, on the 2700 block of Benvenue Street. 

Someone left a locker unlocked at the YMCA, and his ID and credit cards disappeared.

Two teenagers were cited for smoking weed near the Pelican Building.

Saturday, July 2

A 22-year-old man was arrested on weapons charges in People’s Park just after midnight.  Around 4:30 p.m., a 23-year-old woman was picked up on outstanding warrants there.

A French guy’s passport was stolen at I-House.

Somebody slammed his/her Toyota Solara into a bus bench in front of the Botanical Garden. No injury except to the bench.

Fire was reported in a home at 2731 Durant.

Folks in the 1800 block of Ward Street had their vacuum cleaner stolen.

A guy was arrested for whiling away the afternoon in the Eucalyptus Grove with marijuana and an off-leash dog.

A visitor to campus will have the unpleasant memory of her iPhone 4 being stolen from Unit 3/Spens-Black Hall.

A 49-year-old man in Haviland Grove at 11:10 p.m. was found to be a registered sex offender.

Friday, July 1

A 24-year-old freshman was charged with getting drunk and spray-painting Christian Hall.

If you are lurking around the Eucalyptus Grove at 1:54 a.m. with four outstanding traffic warrants, UCPD doesn’t need further reason to bring you in.

A middle-aged white guy was spotted stealing recyclables from Albany Village.

Bike wheels left unlocked in the 2500 block of Stuart Street now have new owners.

Someone helped himself to 400 feet of copper flashing left unattended this afternoon at a building site at Spruce Street and Woodmont Avenue.

A woman’s Chevy Suburban was broken into near the Strawberry Creek coffer dam and $70 worth of stuff taken.

A 20-year-old male student was arrested at 2301 Bancroft Way at 1:45 a.m. on suspicion of DUI. A 34-year-old man was arrested at Parker Street and Shattuck Avenue a few minutes earlier on the same charges.

A 14-year-old was told to skateboard someplace other than the ASUC garage.

June 30

A man was walking home on Russell Street near Milvia about 9 p.m. when he was confronted by two teenage boys, one of whom pointed a handgun at him while the other rifled his pockets. Enriched by his wallet and cell phone, both ran away

Someone helped him- or herself to the contents of the New Amsterdam Coffeehouse's cash register.

Somebody took a hose nozzle from the 1500 block of Stannage Street.

A shirt was shoplifted from the Telegraph Avenue Walgreen's.

Somebody's car tire was stolen from the Berkeley Marina.

A bike was left unattended in the 2100 block of Parker Street, and soon it was gone.


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