Police Blotter

Tuesday June 17, 2003



Observant neighbor spots thief 


On Saturday around 5 a.m., a 55-year-old resident of Edith Street opened her living room blinds and noticed a man peering in car windows and trying their doors. He approached a white Acura, found the door to be unlocked and began rifling through the inside of the vehicle.  

The resident called police who later detained a man who resembled the resident’s description. The woman identified the suspect. Officers searched the man and discovered burglar tools and a gram of methamphetamine.  

He was booked into Berkeley jail for a felony count of auto burglary, another felony count of possession of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor count of possession of burglary tools. He is being held on $31,000 bail. 


Couple finds stranger in their truck 


A couple who had parked their truck at Fifth and Gilman streets while they went shopping in the area returned to find a man inside rumaging through their vehicle. 

The car owner noticed the passenger window had been broken and confronted the man, who began to walk away and warned them to not follow him because he had a gun. 

The owner followed him anyway and after a short foot chase, wrestled the fleeing man to the ground. The car owner searched a plastic shopping bag that the man was carrying and determined he had not stolen anything from his truck.  

The car owner told police that he let the man go despite his truck’s broken window.