Tuesday August 02, 2005

Burglary tools 

A call for police to investigate a pair reportedly acting suspicious near a public storage facility shortly before 8 a.m. Friday led to the arrest of one of the pair for possession of burglary tools, said Berkeley police spokesperson Officer Joe Okies. 


Botched robbery 

Police arrested a 17-year-old on suspicion of attempted robbery after a 32-year-old man reported that he’d been the would-be victim of a botched strong-arm heist near the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Oregon Street about 4 a.m. Saturday. 



A knife-wielding woman stabbed a patron of the Shattuck Cinema in the facility’s bathroom about 4:45 p.m. Saturday, said Officer Okies. 

The victim, a woman in her late 20s, was rushed to the Highland Hospital emergency room and is expected to recover, Okies said. 

The attacker, who remains at large, was described as an African American woman in her late 20s, wearing a white T-shirt and jeans and had blonde extensions woven into her hair. 

Okies said investigators haven’t determined a motive for the attack. 


Deliverer robbed 

A gang of three or four youths mugged a pizza man for his cash as he was making a delivery to a residence near the corner of Haskell and Mabel streets about 12:37 a.m. Sunday. 


Odd circumstances 

Police released four suspects arrested after an alleged Sunday morning robbery near the corner of Dwight Way and Dana Street when the man who reported the crime refused to press charges. 

The purported victim called police at 8:36 a.m. Sunday to report he’d been robbed of lottery tickets by four suspects, one of whom he said he brandished a knife and another of whom had struck him. 

The man did recover his lottery tickets, Okies said. 


Switchblade bust 

Berkeley police arrested a 29-year-old man on one count of possession of a switchblade after an investigation of a suspected drug violation turned up the weapon. 



Police are seeking the man who took a baseball bat or heavy stick to a 47-year-old pedestrian in the 2700 block of College Avenue minutes before 4 p.m. Sunday. The crime is listed as an assault with a deadly weapon. 

The victim was transported to Alta Bates Hospital for treatment of his injuries, said Office Okies. 


Thwarted heist 

A 45-year-old man walking with his children along Buena Avenue near the corner of California Street thwarted a pair of strong-arm robbers who demanded his money just after 5 p.m. Sunday. 

Instead of complying with the demands of the two teenage robbers, the father fled with his children and the bandits gave up rather than abandon their wheels and make a foot pursuit, said Officer Okies. 


Robbed at intersection 

A Berkeley woman told police that she was robbed of her purse when she stopped in her car at the Ashby Avenue-Adeline Street intersection about 6 p.m. Sunday. 

The suspects, who were apparently associated with a car that had stopped behind her at the intersection, fled after they’d acquired their loot.