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Crime Blotter – Cars and iPads Stolen and Diners Harassed

Crime in Berkeley so far this week.

-- From the Berkeley Police Department 

Sunday, April 22, 2012 

Violation of Park Hours Leads to Narcotics Arrest – Seawall Drive/Berkeley Marina 
At about 2:20 a.m., BPD officers were doing a security check of the Berkeley Marina area. One of the officers spotted an Oldsmobile occupied and parked along Seawall Drive in the Berkeley Marina. The individuals were in violation of Berkeley Municipal Codes - Posted Park Hours and No Parking – both 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. The officer talked to both the man and woman inside the parked car. Another officer acted as a cover officer. A records check revealed that the Oakland man was on Felony Probation for selling cocaine base aka “crack” and was subject to search. The officer searched the inside of the car and found powder cocaine inside a dollar bill. The officer arrested the male suspect for violations of 11350(a)PC- Possession of a Controlled Substance and a Felony Probation Violation – 1203.2 PC. The woman was free to go and left the scene in the car.

Vandalism to Cars- 1900 block of 8th Street 
A Berkeley man called BPD a bit before 8:00 a.m. to report vandalism to his two cars that were parked in the 1900 block of 8th Street. Overnight, an unknown suspect or suspects sprayed satanic symbols on the cars. On both the man’s pick-up truck and minivan, there were drawings sprayed including pentagrams within a circle, along with what appeared to be a ram's head in the middle of the pentagrams written both in white and black. A BPD crime scene technician took photographs of the vandalism.

Monday, April 23, 2012 
Stolen Car – 600 Block of Colusa Avenue 
A 31-year-old Berkeley woman called to report that her 2003 silver Volkswagen Jetta had been stolen. She told the BPD officer that she had parked and locked her vehicle in front of her house in the 600 block of Colusa Avenue at about 8:00 p.m. the previous night. When she left her home at 8:00 a.m. to use her vehicle, it was gone. The woman had both sets of car keys and she did not give anyone permission to take her vehicle. The BPD officer entered the vehicle description and license plate into the Stolen Vehicle System.

Auto Burglary – Shattuck Avenue and Lincoln Street 
At about 6:30 p.m., two Berkeley men parked a Honda Civic at Lincoln Street just west of Shattuck Avenue. The two went nearby to have dinner. When the two returned to the parked car at 8:00 p.m., they discovered that the rear passenger side window was smashed and there was a piece of concrete  on the ground below the window. Two backpacks containing $8000 worth of laptops and an iPad had been stolen from the backseat of the Honda.

Harassing Diners – Drunk in Public & Warrant Arrest – 3100 Block of Telegraph Avenue -
A Berkeley Patrol officer was dispatched to a man disturbing customers on at 6:09 p.m. The caller told the dispatcher that a drunk man was touching people’s food at a restaurant in the 3100 block of Telegraph Avenue. The officer arrived and detained the described 54-year-old Oakland resident. The officer had to assist him in walking as he was stumbling and swaying and had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath. When the officer did a records check, the officer learned that the suspect had an active warrant. The officer arrested the suspect for the warrant and for violation of 647(f)PC – Drunk in Public.

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