Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Berkeley Crime Report Jan. 9-19

Residential Burglary 
A construction contractor reported the theft of two skylights and three pieces of aluminum scaffold from a home he was working on in the 1600 block of Ward Street. He said he believed the burglar or burglars climbed in the house through the rear window.
DUI Arrest (No. 2 for this Young Man)
At about 2:35 a.m., a Berkeley police officer spotted a Buick driving too fast in front of her on Martin Luther King Jr. Way with a brake light out. The officer pulled the 22-year-old driver over, smelled alcohol and performed a field sobriety test, which the driver failed, followed by a blood-alcohol test which came up .139, police said. The legal limit of blood alcohol in California is .08. The driver had a suspended license and was on probation for a previous DUI conviction.
DUI Arrest
A woman driving a black Mustang ran a red light at Alcatraz Avenue and Sacramento Street at 1:45 a.m. The 44-year-old was pulled over on San Pablo Avenue, given a sobriety test and failed with a blood alcohol level of .215, police said. The legal limit is 08. 
Auto Burglary 
At about 6:40 a San Lorenzo man came back to his parked car in the 1000 block of Ashby Avenue and found that someone broke a window and took his backpack which contained his checkbook.
Identity Theft
A woman who lives on Creston Road reported that someone opened an account in her name on a website called and used her information to make purchases of more than $600. 
Armed Robbery at Gas Station 
A gas station attendant working in the 3400 block of Ashby Avenue reported an armed robbery of a small amount of cash.
About 15 officers searched the area for the suspect, who was described to police as a teenager about 5-feet-5 inches tall, thin, with freckles and wearing all dark clothes, a mask, gloves and carrying a handgun. 
Despite searching for 90 minutes, police could not find the suspect. 
Auto Burglary (Fur Coat Apparently Not of Interest)
A Piedmont woman who left her MacBook pro computer under her fur coat in her car, on The Uplands, just east of Claremont Avenue in Berkeley, reported someone smashed the right rear window and took the computer. 

Arrest of Man With a Gun and Drugs Near Park
Berkeley Drug Task Force members spotted a 25-year-old Richmond man with a stay-away order from San Pablo Park. When the man saw the officers he took off running and ditched a loaded handgun, police said. Police caught him in the 1200 block of Burnett Street and said they found him in possession of 12 grams of marijuana. He was arrested on suspicion of gun offenses, possession of marijuana for sale, resisting and obstructing police and a felony probation violation.

Auto Burglary
A woman told police that someone broke into her car in the 3000 block of Hillegass Avenue and took her iPod. 
Drug Arrest After Foot Chase
At about 9 p.m. police stopped a bicyclist on San Pablo Avenue just south of University Avenue for riding his bike on the sidewalk. When the officer decided to search him, the man fled northbound on San Pablo Avenue, police said. Officers caught him in the 2000 block of 9th Street, where they said they found 14 individually wrapped pieces of crack cocaine in a bag he was carrying. The 23-year-old Richmond was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance for sale and resisting arrest. 
Grand Theft of iPhone
A 25-year old woman walking near Haste and Ellsworth streets had her iPhone snatched by a man on a bicycle, police said.

Break in and Residential Burglary
A resident of the 2000 block of Hearst Street told police someone pried the lock on the front door of a home and stole a laptop computer, an iPod, coins and jewelry.
Identity Theft and Fraud on Elderly
An 83-year-old woman reported that someone stole her identity by opening a credit card account in her name using her Social Security number. The person then used the card to purchase items at Macy’s, police said.
Copper Pipe Theft
Someone stole 12-feet of copper pipe from a restaurant in the 1500 block of Shattuck Avenue, where it was to be installed as a railing, police said.
Drunk in Public (No. 2 for this Man) and Probation Violation
At about 10:40 p.m., an employee of a grocery store in the 3000 block of Telegraph Avenue called police after witnessing a man steal beer. When officers arrived, the suspect became belligerent, aggressive and uncooperative, police said. While the employee did not want the police to arrest him, he was so drunk they did so anyway for being drunk in public. A records check revealed the 50 year-old Berkeley man was also on probation for a previous drunk-in-public offense and was violating his probation.
Strong Arm Robbery and Beating
At about 5:15 p.m., a 62-year-old San Francisco man was walking east on Woolsey Street playing a word game on his cell phone. A suspect approached him from his right, hit him with a hard object in the mouth, grabbed his black iPhone 4 and fled east on Woolsey. 
The victim tried to chase the suspect but lost him in the BART parking lot near Tremont Street.  
The victim was taken to a local emergency room for an injury to his mouth and a gash on his temple. The victim described the suspect as a male teenager wearing black clothes, about 5-feet-8 inches tall and about 160 pounds.

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