6 crimes occur in Berkeley within 2 days


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Six crimes took place in Berkeley on Wednesday and Thursday, according to a Berkeley Police Department Nixle alert released about 11:35 a.m. Tuesday.

According to the alert, four female suspects entered the Lululemon on Fourth Street about 3:52 p.m. Wednesday carrying bags. The suspects filled their bags with about 120 pairs of pants, then ran out of the store. The alert described the suspects as Black and about 18 years old. Two of the suspects were wearing light-colored track suits, and another was wearing a dark, hooded sweatshirt.

Later that day about 5:08 p.m., officers responded to reports that a man was possibly pointing a gun at someone in the area of Ninth Street and Heinz Avenue, the alert stated. According to the alert, when officers arrived, they learned that the suspect allegedly stole a laptop from a business on the 2900 block of San Pablo Avenue while armed with a gun.

When the suspect ran away, people followed the suspect and alerted the police. The suspect was found 10 minutes later hiding inside an apartment complex on the 2800 block of Eighth Street. The officers located the stolen laptop and the reported gun, which turned out to be a “replica gun,” meaning that the gun was fake, said BPD spokesperson Officer Byron White. The Nixle alert identified the suspect as Edward Clark, 60, from Oakland. Clark was arrested on suspicion of burglary, robbery and violation of probation.

The Nixle alert also detailed another incident from Wednesday. About 5:41 p.m., three female suspects entered Young’s Backpacking on Telegraph Avenue, grabbed a total of 89 jackets from the displays and tried to walk out, the alert said. The suspects threw the staff person trying to prevent them from walking out to the ground and kicked him. The staff person, a 75-year-old man, sustained cuts and bruises on his arms, face and knees. The alert described the suspects as Black women between the ages of 18 and 25, with heavy builds.

Also on Wednesday between 6 and 6:30 p.m., a woman using her cellphone while walking on 66th Street was approached from behind by two male suspects, according to the Nixle alert. One suspect took the cellphone from her hand while the other grabbed her backpack. The alert stated that the suspects pushed the woman to the ground and ran away. The alert described the suspects as Black men about 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall, with a skinny build and short hair.

The Nixle alert also detailed a crime that occurred the following day, Thursday. According to the alert, two boys ages 13 and 14 were confronted by two male suspects who got out of a silver SUV while they were walking on California Street about 4:19 p.m. Thursday. The suspects pushed the boys against a wall, hit them in the face and demanded that they give up their property, the alert alleged. The suspects left in their silver SUV and were described by the alert as Black men between 16 and 17 years old, 5 feet, 10 inches to 5 feet, 11 inches in height, wearing dark clothing. The alert added that one of them was described as wearing multicolored pants.

Later that day about 4:23 p.m., a woman was standing outside of her SUV using her cellphone on the corner of King and Harmon streets when a silver SUV pulled in front of her vehicle, the Nixle alert said. Three male suspects got out of the silver SUV and demanded the woman’s keys and phone. The suspects punched and kicked the woman and took her keys, laptop and vehicle, the alert alleged. The alert described one of the suspects as a Black man in his 20s and about 5 feet, 9 inches tall. The woman’s car was later discovered in Oakland, along with the silver SUV that was believed to have been used in the robbery.

Sabrina Dong is an assistant news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @Sabrina_Dong_.