Berkeley Police Blotter

By Rio Bauce
Friday July 06, 2007


On Thursday at 12:05 a.m., a 21-year-old man was walking home from Long’s Drugs, southbound on Shattuck, when three young men started to follow him. He turned westbound on Durant as one of the suspects asked to use his cell phone. When the victim replied “no,” one of them punched him in the back of the head, hitting him to the ground. The man quickly got up and ran to his nearby home, where he called the police. The suspects have not been identified. 


Aggressive petitioner 

On Wednesday at 4 p.m., a Berkeley man phoned in to report that a petition-gatherer had shoved him. The victim was standing in line to buy a ticket at California Theater on Kittridge and Shattuck, when a petition-gatherer approached him to ask him to sign a petition. When the victim refused and suggested that the petition-gatherer shouldn’t disturb people waiting in line, he was shoved. 



At 3:40 p.m. on Wednesday, an employee at Tandoor Restaurant called in to report that an unidentified man had thrown a bottle at their front window, resulting in a 7-inch crack. The damage was estimated at more than $500. There are no suspects in this case. 


Auto burglary 

At 8:47 a.m. on Wednesday, a victim called in to report that their 1993 Honda Civic had been broken into via lock pry. The suspect stole a battery charger, cell phone, and rollerblades. No suspects have been identified. 


Hit-and-run with injury 

At 9:39 a.m. on Tuesday, a young man was driving in his Pontiac with two other passengers westbound on Parker Street, while a light-colored sedan was driving southbound on McGee Street. The driver in the sedan did not stop at the stop sign, causing the other driver to make a quick swerve out of the way. Unfortunately, the driver swerved into a tree. The driver and at least one passenger required medical attention and were treated at the local hospital for moderate injuries and burns from airbags. 


Church vandals 

At 9:29 a.m. on Tuesday, Father Joseph of Saint Ambrose Church called the police to report that suspects had committed a felony by hurling rocks through their stainglass windows. He reported that the incident had happened between 9 p.m. on Monday and the time of his call. There are no suspects in this case. 


Home burglary 

A woman called in at 8:19 a.m. on Tuesday to report that somebody had broken into her house during the night, removing the screen from her bedroom window, and stolen a tape recorder from her desk. She did not hear or see the suspects. No suspects have been identified.