Police Blotter

Tuesday August 12, 2003

Armed robbery 

A late-night armed robbery on Sunday left a couple missing their wallet and purse. 

At 1:44 a.m. Sunday, a suspect jumped out of a gray or blue early model BMW and approached a couple walking near the corner of Hearst Street and San Pablo Avenue. 

The suspect, described as a black male, 5’10” with a medium build and wearing dark-colored clothing, threatened the couple with a handgun and demanded their wallet and purse, said Officer Kevin Schofield, Berkeley Police Department spokesperson. 

The man then jumped back in the BMW, which was driven by another man. Police officers were called to the scene but were unable to locate the car or anybody matching the suspect description. Nobody was arrested. 


Vehicle Windows Smashed 

Someone broke into four vehicles parked near Haste Street and Dana Street early Saturday morning, according to Berkeley Police. 

At 2:19 a.m., police officers were called to the scene, where they found four cars with smashed windows. It was unclear what was taken from each vehicle. Officer Kevin Schofield, Berkeley Police Department spokesperson, said that the suspect, who was not found, was a male of unknown race wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and carrying two bags. 


Guitar theft 

After a man allegedly broke into a house on Saturday morning, neighbors detained the suspect and had him arrested. 

A resident of the 2600 block of Ellsworth Street called the police department on Saturday morning to report a burglary in progress. The suspect, Scott Swick, 22, allegedly entered the house through an open front door and took an electric guitar. Neighbors kept the man in the front yard of the house until police officers arrived and arrested him. Swick was booked into the city jail.