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Crime in Berkeley: Oct. 15 - Oct. 19

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OCTOBER 20, 2011

The following is a sample of crime in the city of Berkeley, provided by the Berkeley Police Department.

Residential burglary via unlocked door — 2600 block of Benvenue Avenue
A man and woman left their home at about 12:10 p.m. and returned at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday Oct. 19, 2011. When they returned, they found their kitchen door ajar, a basement door open and a gate to the yard open. Once inside, they discovered that two laptops, an iPod, two digital cameras and other items had been stolen. The BPD officer called for a BPD CSI for process the scene for any evidence.

Identity theft/fraud — 1200 block of Henry Street
On Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011 at 1 p.m., a Berkeley man reported to a BPD officer that an unknown suspect had used his bank account connected to Bill Pay to attempt to purchase over $6,000 worth of merchandise from an Internet company. The company called the Berkeley man to confirm the charges. The victim told the company rep that the charges were fraudulent and to cancel it which the company did. The victim has no idea how a suspect obtained his bank account number to attempt this type of crime. The BPD officer advised the victim to close the accounts that may be impacted immediately and offered additional crime prevention guidance.

Motorcycle stop leads to meth arrest — South Aquatic Park
A BPD Patrol Officer was doing a security check of South Aquatic Park at 12:40 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011. A 26-year-old Berkeley man was sitting on his motorcycle hidden between a tree and structure. The officer and a cover officer who arrived detained the man for violating the posted park hours. The man consented to a search and the officer found a baggie of suspected methamphetamine in his possession. The BPD case officer arrested the suspect for violation of 11377 H&S – Possession of a Controlled Substance and booked into the BPD Jail. The BPD investigation packet with report is forwarded to the District Attorney for review and charging consideration.

Hot prowl burglary via open/unlocked window — 2300 block of Dwight Way
A 21-year-old woman was sleeping in her bedroom at 1:33 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011. The victim woke up during the burglary, saw the suspect, she screamed and the suspect fled the bedroom. She called 911 immediately and reported the crime. The victim discovered that her white MacBook and Droid phone were taken. BPD officers did area checks but did not locate the suspect.

The victim described the suspect as “a black male, 5”11, thin build, in his 20s, bald, long sleeved shirt and pants with a backpack.” The victim was not physically injured during the crime.

Auto burglary via lock pry — 1800 block of Tacoma Avenue
A Berkeley man parked and locked his 1999 Volvo near his home in the 1800 block of Tacoma Avenue at about 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011. When he went to use the car at about 4:45 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, he saw that his Garmin GPS and about $20 worth of coins were missing from the car.

There were 7 additional auto burglaries throughout the City of Berkeley from 10/16 to 10/19 midday.

Residential burglary via window pry — 2800 block of California Street
A woman called BPD to report that between Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 17, 2011 at 12:26 a.m., an unknown suspect or suspects entered her home by prying a window in her living room and stole two laptops. The victim told BPD officers that the suspect likely fled through her rear door which she found was found open when she came home.

Attempted burglary via screen removal — 1900 block of Parker Street
Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011 at about 4:08 p.m. a man was inside his home when he heard noises coming from the back kitchen area of his home. He went to investigate and saw two male juvenile suspects mid-teenage wearing dark hooded sweatshirts at the back window. The suspects had removed the window screen. When the homeowner engaged them and asked what they were doing, the two took off running down his driveway then in an unknown direction from there. Officers did area checks for the teen suspects but did not find them.

Auto burglary via window smash — Spinnaker Way/Berkeley Marina
On Sunday, Oct.16, 2011 at about noon, a Davis couple who had parked and left their 2005 Toyota Prius for about an hour, returned to find the right rear window smashed. The suspect or suspects stole a tan leather suitcase and two purses containing credit cards and keys.

Robbery via gun — 2300 Block of Channing Way
A 35-year-old woman, was robbed via handgun on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011 at about 8:30 a.m. She told responding BPD officers that she was walking in the 2300 block of Channing Way when a male suspect passed her on the sidewalk. He suddenly turned around, pointed a handgun at her and took her purse from her shoulder. The suspect then ran south on Dana Street and got into the passenger seat of a car that stopped mid block on Dana Street between Channing Way and Haste Street. BPD and UCPD Officers conducted area checks for the suspect and car but did not locate either.

The suspect stole the victim’s brown purse and contents. She was not physically injured during the crime.

The victim described the suspect as a “Hispanic Male Adult in his 20s, thin with dark clothing.”

Grand theft of catalytic converter — 1200 block of Evelyn Avenue
On Saturday Oct. 15, 2011 at about 8 p.m. a woman parked her Toyota pick-up near her home in the 1200 block of Evelyn Avenue in northwest Berkeley. When she went to start the truck to use it on Monday, Aug. 17, 2011 at 6 a.m. they discovered that the catalytic converter had been stolen.

Stephanie Baer is the city news editor.

OCTOBER 20, 2011