Media Release
Media Release
Press Contact: Mary Kusmiss, Public Information Officer, (510) 981-5780

COMMUNITY CRIME ALERT - BURGLARS KICK DOORS IN THE HILLS

Berkeley, California (Friday, October 24, 2008) - City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Property Crimes detectives are alerting the community about a series of daytime burglaries that have been plaguing the North Berkeley Hills in the past two months.

The burglar or burglars have been focusing on homes during daytime hours and making off with laptops, electronic equipment, jewelry and bikes. The suspect or suspects have been primarily kicking doors in order to get into the houses, however not exclusively. Due to the M.O. and geographic area that these burglaries have occurred in, detectives believe that there are at least 15 cases in Berkeley that are connected. BPD has been working closely with the City of Kensington Police Department to develop and share leads, as there have been increases in these crimes in both communities.

In one of the cases recently, a community member provided the following information –

**Suspects: Black Male, 18-20,  5’7”, 140lbs, thin build, white shirt & black jeans
                       Black Male,  25-30, green & white striped shirt

Possible Suspect Vehicle: 1980’s vintage Honda - silver, gray or blue

BPD is asking for the community’s help with stopping this series. Community members in Berkeley are urged to call BPD at 981-5900 if they note suspicious people or activity in their neighborhood. (Non-emergency dispatch line) For Crimes in Progress please call 911 or (510) 981-5911 from your cell phone.                   

BPD is a partner of Bay Area Crime Stoppers. (BACS) BACS offers up to $2,000 cash in reward money to those who offer information that detectives determine is helpful to any felony investigation. Anyone with information can call 1-800-222-TIPS. All Bay Area Crime Stoppers calls are completely confidential.

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