The following is a sample of crime in Berkeley this week, provided by the Berkeley Police Department.
Driving While Intoxicated BAC above .08 — 2500 Block of College Avenue
On Sunday at approximately 3:08 a.m., a BPD officer spotted a man who appeared to be tampering with a car that had fresh damage on it. When the officer spoke to the suspect, the officer learned that the suspect was the driver of the car who had just been involved in a traffic collision. The officer noted that the suspect showed objective symptoms of alcohol intoxication and detained him. The driver performed poorly on the field sobriety tests. The driver agreed to a PAS test (Preliminary Alcohol Screening) test which resulted in B.A.C. (Blood Alcohol Content) of .139% and .136%. The BPD officer arrested the 21-year-old Berkeley man for violations of 23152(a)(b)CVC and booked him into the BPD Jail.
Drunk in Public & Probation Violation Arrest — Telegraph Avenue & Dwight Way
On Sunday at 6:47 p.m., a BPD patrol officer saw a male that he knew had a stay away order from Telegraph Avenue and Dwight Way. The BPD officer and his trainee officer detained the suspect. When the officers detained the suspect, they immediately noted that the suspect showed signs of intoxication. The suspect had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath and body, slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and was very belligerent. BPD officers arrested and booked the 43-year-old Berkeley man for violations of 647(f)PC – Drunk in Public, 166(a)(4)PC – Violation of a Court Order and 1203.2PC – Probation Violation.
On Monday at 11:19 a.m., an employee of a business in the 1300 block of Eighth Street called BPD to report vandalism. The BPD officer learned that an unknown suspect or suspects had scratched/etched the windows on the south and west side of the building. The suspect(s) scratched “NBD” at least seven times, “ACNE” two times, “BITCH”, “SHUG” and “I LIKE” as well as other non-legible writing into the glass. The employee also showed the officer the mail slot as it appeared that a suspect or suspects had urinated into the building using it as an entry point. The total damage is estimated at $1,500.
Fraudulent Use of Credit Card — 2300 Block of Channing Way
On Monday at 2:01 p.m., a woman called BPD to report fraudulent charges on one of her credit cards. She told the BPD officer that her wallet has been stolen or had gone missing on June 6, 2012. When she began the process of cancelling all her accounts, she discovered that an unknown suspect or suspects had charged $200 on one of her credit cards and $1,000 on her debit/credit card. The BPD officer documented the crimes.
On Tuesday a Berkeley couple called BPD to report a burglary. The BPD officer who responded learned that an unknown suspect pried the lock off a detached garage and stole two expensive bicycles. The crime happened between Monday at approximately 10:30 p.m. and Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. A suspect also made it into the basement of the home and made off with digital camera equipment. The total loss is estimated at $10,000.
Possession For Sale of Narcotics & Probation Violation Arrest — Herzog & 65th Streets
On Tuesday at 5:49 p.m., Drug Task Force (DTF) officers detained a male cyclist just over the Berkeley border into Oakland for riding on the sidewalk. The DTF team detained him after a brief struggle with the young man. The officers did a records check which confirmed that the suspect is active to felony probation for robbery and had an outstanding no bail warrant. During a search incident to arrest and conditions of probation, one of the DTF officers found three (3) pieces of cocaine base, aka crack, packaged for sale, cash and a cell phone. DTF arrested the 20-year-old Oakland man for violations of 11351 H&S, 1203.2 PC and the No Bail Warrant.
Robbery of Pedestrian via Gun — 900 Block of Hearst Avenue
On Tuesday at approximately 10:45 p.m., an Oakland woman was the victim of a robbery. She told BPD officers that she was walking west on Hearst Avenue approaching Seventh Street. She said she saw two male suspects approaching her from front. The suspects blocked her path and the first suspect pointed a gun at her while the second suspect demanded money and pulled her purse from her. The second suspect grabbed her iPhone and wallet . The suspects then fled eastbound on foot.