Police Blotter

By Richard Brenneman
Friday June 23, 2006


Rat pack invaders 

A half dozen juveniles, all clad in dark clothing and one with his face masked by a bandana, burst into a home in the 2800 block of McGee Avenue minutes after 4 p.m. on June 5 and staged a BB-gun-point robbery. 

The invaders held the weapon on the home’s lone occupant, another youth, until he handed over his own BB-gun, whereupon the invaders departed, said Berkeley police spokesman, Officer Ed Galvan. 


Walk-in banditry 

A pair of strong-arm robbers walked into the unlocked back door of a residence in the 900 block of Virginia Street June 6, confronted the surprised resident and demanded his wallet. 

When he declined their offer, the bandits decided to retreat, and they had vanished by the time police arrived. 


Failed carjack 

An El Sobrante man told police about 3 p.m. on the 6th to report that he’d been sitting in his GMC SUV at the foot of the pier in the Berkeley Marina when he and a companion were approached a gang of 10 or so short fellows, one of whom reached in the opened window and made an unsuccessful attempt to grab the keys from the ignition. 

Cohorts managed to rob the companion of a cell phone and wallet, he said. 


Walk-by shooting 

A 47-year-old Berkeley woman called to report that she’d been shot by a pellet gun wielded by one of a trio of men who approached her while she walking in the 1800 block of Oregon Street just after 5 p.m. on the 6th. 

The men, all wearing white hats and matching T-shirts were gone by the time officers arrived. The woman declined medical treatment.  


Home invader 

“I’m looking for a job,” declared the tall man in the dark blazer who forced his way into a home in the 2700 block of Benvenue Street on June 8 just before 10:30 a.m. 

Trolling a wheeled suitcase behind him, the intruder forced the home’s terrified 32-year-old occupant to hand over her keys before he departed. 

Officers arrived in time to locate the suspect nearby, a 23-year-old. 


Shoving bandit 

A strong-arm bandit robbed a Berkeley woman by shoving her to the ground as she walked along Derby Street near the Milvia Street intersection about 3:40 p.m. on June 8, Officer Galvan reported. 


Foiled heist 

A 34-year-old Oakland woman managed to fend off the attack of two strong-arm bandits who accosted her as she walked along the 1800 block of Seventh Street at 1:30 a.m. on June 10.