Berkeley police ask for public assistance in catching cigarette burglar

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Berkeley Police Department is seeking help from the public in catching a serial burglar that police have been investigating for the past month.

According to a media release from the department, BPD detectives are asking for tips that could lead to the arrest of a man suspected to be the culprit behind a series of burglaries in Berkeley and neighboring cities.

The suspect allegedly enters businesses by smashing a window, then enters and takes cigarettes in a short period of time. Police said the suspect is believed to be responsible for two burglaries and an attempted burglary in Berkeley, as well as additional burglaries in other cities.

According to BPD, the suspect is described as:

A black adult, 25 to 35 years old, with pierced ears and wearing an olive-green baseball cap, black hooded sweatshirt and dark pants.

Anyone with information about the suspect should call the BPD Crimes Against Property Unit at (510) 981-5737 or the nonemergency line at (510) 981-5900. For anonymous tips, call Bay Area Crimes Stoppers (BACS) at (800) 222-TIPS (8477).

Adelyn Baxter is the city news editor. Contact her at [email protected].