[Editor's Note: Below is a sampling of items from the Berkeley Police Department's crime blotter from Sept. 9 to Sept. 15. The narratives have been written and selected by the Berkeley Police Department.]
Trespassing, 2300 Block of Bancroft Way: On Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012 at approximately 10:30 p.m., a property caretaker called BPD reporting trespassers on the property in the 2300 block of Bancroft Way. The caretaker requested the group be moved along. A BPD officer arrived at the location and contacted a group of 4, sleeping on the property. They were asked to leave the property and did so.
Robbery, Russell Street/Benvenue Street: On Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012 at approximately 12:54 a.m. a robbery occurred near the intersection of Benvenue Avenue and Russell Street in Berkeley. The female victim and male victim were walking in the area when they were approached by the unknown suspects. One suspect armed with a gun demanded the victim's property. The victim's fearing for their safety gave the suspects their property, which included a purse, wallet and cell phones. The victim's were not physically hurt during the incident.
The suspects are described as:
Suspect 1 - "Black Male, late 20s, 6'3" tall, 180 lbs wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt."
Suspect 2 - "Black Male, late 20s, 6' tall, 170 lbs wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt."
AID Call, 3100 Block of Sacramento Street: On Monday, Sept. 10, 2012 at approximately 2:27 p.m. BPD officers responded to the 3100 block of Sacramento Street to assist the Berkeley Fire Department. BFD responded to a structure fire in that block. BPD officers arrived at the location and assisted with crowd and traffic control at the scene. They also assisted the residents who were displaced by the fire.
Disturbance, 1900 Block of Shattuck Avenue: On Monday, Sept. 10, 2012 at approximately 9:25 p.m., a business employee reported a subject inside harassing customers. The subject was refusing to leave when asked by the employee. BPD officers responded to the location and were advised by the employee the subject had left. An area check was negative for the subject.
Reckless Driving, Center Street/Shattuck Avenue: On Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 at approximately 7:56 p.m., a caller reported a dangerous driver in the area of Center Street and Shattuck Avenue. The caller reported that the driver of a silver Honda Civic was speeding and ran a red light. A BPD officer was dispatched to the area. An area check for the vehicle was negative.
Vandalism, 1700 Block of 8th Street: On Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 at 1:30 p.m., an employee at James Kinney Park reported graffiti on the south wall of the recreation center. There is no suspect information at this time.
Person Down, 2nd Street/Hearst Avenue: On Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012 at approximately 5:18 p.m., a caller reported a male subject down behind a tree near the intersection of 2nd Street and Hearst Avenue. A BPD officer responded to the location and located a subject there. After assessing the subject, the officer requested the Berkeley Fire Department for a medical problem.
Residential Burglary, 1600 Block of Stannage Avenue: On Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012 at approximately 6:33 p.m., a resident in the 1600 block of Stannage Avenue reported a burglary. The victim returned to home to find and unknown suspect in her residence. When the suspect saw the victim they fled out the rear door of the home. The suspect took some cash and other items.
The suspect is described as:
Suspect – “Unknown race/ gender person, 5’5” tall, 150 pounds wearing a dark hood sweatshirt and dark pants.”
Parking Violation, 1600 Block of Derby Street: On Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 at approximately 8:20 p.m. a caller reported a vehicle parked in a red zone in the 1600 block of Derby Street. An officer was dispatched to the location and determined the vehicle was illegally parked in a red zone. The officer issued the vehicle a parking citation.
Auto Burglary, 1300 Block of San Pablo Avenue: On Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 between 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., an auto burglary occurred in the 1300 block of San Pablo Avenue. The victim parked his vehicle in the 1300 block of San Pablo Avenue. He returned a short time later and discovered his property missing, which included a briefcase and other items. It is unknown how the suspect gained entry to the vehicle.
Loud Reports, 1600 Block of Delaware Street: On Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 at approximately 8:49 p.m., several callers reported hearing a loud explosion in the area of the 1600 block of Delaware Street. BPD officers were dispatched to the location. After speaking with several parties in the area the officers determined the loud report was fireworks. There were no reports of injuries or damage.
Theft, 1100 Block of University Avenue: On Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 at 12:35 p.m., the victim reported a theft that occurred in the 1100 block of University Avenue. The male victim reported that the previous evening he locked his bicycle out front. He returned the next day and discovered that an unknown suspect had stolen his bicycle.
Loud Party, 1200 Block of Ashby Avenue: On Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 at approximately 7:35 p.m., a caller reported a loud party in the 1200 block of Ashby Avenue. A BPD officer responded to the location and contacted the group having the party. The officer determined the party was not unreasonable; it was merely a family barbeque. The group agreed to make sure they reduced their noise level.
Theft, 1600 Block of Jaynes Street: On Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 at approximately 8:43 a.m., the victim reported a theft from his vehicle in the 1600 block of Jaynes Street. The unknown suspect entered through an open window to the vehicle and stole a bag and miscellaneous change.
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- DO NOT pass a vehicle stopped for a pedestrian.
- Cross or enter the roadway where it is legal to do so, such as a crosswalk.
- Be wary of drivers; don’t assume they have seen you.
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