The following is a sample of crime in Berkeley this week, provided by the Berkeley Police Department.
Residential burglary via likely unlocked front door — 1600 block of Ward Street
On Feb. 14 at approximately 10:32 a.m., a BPD Patrol Sergeant assigned himself to a call for service in the queue. He went to the 1600 block of Ward Street and learned that sometime between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. the day before (February 13th) an unknown suspect or suspect accessed the victim’s bedroom and stole a MacBook. The young woman said that the door to the home is often left often for a number of reasons. The Sergeant located the serial number of the computer the next day and was able to enter into APS – Automated Property System – a searchable database of stolen property.
Burglary to business — 2100 block of Allston Way
Sometime between Feb. 14 at about 10:00 p.m. and Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at about 8:35 a.m., an unknown suspect or suspects entered a business located in the 2100 block of Allston Way via either a key or an unlocked door. They prowled the interior and stole a gray register and cash. The BPD officer who handled the preliminary investigation called a BPD CSI to process the business for anything of evidentiary value. This investigation is ongoing.
Burglary of a commercial property — 800 block of University Avenue
On Feb. 14 at about 9:43 a.m., a property manager called BPD to report a burglary of a property that the company she works for owns and manages. Sometime between 6:00 p.m. on Friday, February 10, 2012 and the time she called, an unknown suspect or suspects smashed a glass pane and smashed through some drywall to access the interior of the building. The suspect or suspects stole an unknown quantity of copper wire and fixtures from the interior and copper piping from the exterior. A member of BPD CSI was called by the BPD patrol officer to process the scene.
Vehicle stolen — 1100 block of Page Street
On Feb. 15 at about 7:53 a.m., a community member called BPD to report that his wife’s car had been stolen. The handling officer learned that the 1997 black Mazda Miata had been parked at about 8:00 p.m. the evening before in the driveway of the home in the 1100 block of Page Street. Sometime overnight between 8:00 pm and 7:30 a.m., an unknown suspect or suspects stole the car. The officer documented the auto theft then entered the car into SVS. (Stolen Vehicle System)
Tree branch falls & damages parked car — 3200 block of Adeline
On Feb. 15 at about 10:05 a.m., a community member called to document some city liability. A BPD officer responded to the 3200 block of Adeline and met the caller outside a business. He told the officer that he legally parked his wife’s 2007 Black Lexus ES350 and moments later heard a crash while in a business. He looked outside and saw that a large tree branch fell from a city Evergreen Pear tree and landed on the hood, windshield and roof, causing moderate to major damage to the car. The officer called the City of Berkeley Forestry Dept who sent a crew to cut the branch and haul it away. A BPD CSI took some photographs of the tree and the car.
View Crime blotter: Feb. 14 — Feb. 16 in a larger map
Soumya Karlamangla is the city news editor.
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