Police Alarmed by Several Recent Berkeley Crimes

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday July 10, 2008 - 09:34:00 AM

Several crimes in the last three weeks have prompted the Berkeley Police Department to issue a community warning Tuesday, which asks residents to keep their doors and windows locked and remain alert. 

Authorities said the suspects in three of the cases were armed with deadly weapons, and they did not rule out the possibility that these crimes could be related, although the solo young male suspects described in the police press release varied in height from 5’6” to 6’2”. 

Detectives are currently investigating the most recent event, a sexual assault which took place in the early morning on Tuesday in the 1200 block of Milvia Street in North Berkeley.  

On June 21, a resident on the 1800 block of Milvia Street was burglarized early in the morning.  

On June 17, a woman was sexually assaulted in her home in the 2300 block of Derby Street. 

Berkeley police also issued a warning to the community last week about sex offenders posing as newspaper subscription sales representatives. 

On June 28, two men were allowed into the home of a woman on the 1900 block of Berkeley Way under the pretense of selling newspaper subscriptions for a local periodical, police said. 

After a brief discussion, one of the two men left the apartment while the other exposed his genitals to the woman before leaving. 

Persons having any information regarding these incidents should call the BPD Sex Crimes Detail at (510) 981-5735. For crimes in progress, call 911 or (510) 981-5911 from a cell phone.  

To report suspicious persons or activity, call the BPD non-emergency line at (510) 981-5900.