Rash of peeping toms and burglaries hits town

By Matthew Artz
Friday October 11, 2002

Police are searching for suspects in a string of northwest Berkeley residential burglaries and a spate of prowling cases in northeast Berkeley. 

Police believe that at least 10 recent burglaries since mid-September are the work of one suspect, described as a black male about 6 feet tall, weighing between 190 and 240 pounds and with short hair.  

According to police, the suspect usually enters a home by smashing a window or entering through an unlocked window or door. Once inside, he usually steals small electronic equipment such as laptop computers. 

Police are also searching for a man accused of peeping into women’s bedrooms. According to police, five northeast Berkeley women have filed complaints about a man staring at them through their windows.  

The suspect is described as a stocky white male about 5 feet, 8 inches tall. 

Police ask that anyone with information on either case call the police at 981-5900.