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

COMMUNITY CRIME ALERT - HELP NEEDED TO IDENTIFY POSSIBLE SUSPECT WHO DROPS PHONE

Berkeley, California (Tuesday, June 09, 2009) - City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Property Crimes detectives are asking for the community’s help to identify a possible suspect in a series of residential burglaries.

Following a burglary of a home on April 29, 2009 in the 1500 block of Ward Street in South Berkeley, a cell phone was discovered that BPD believes may belong to the suspect. The pictures below were stored in the cell phone’s memory.

                        1500 ward suspect 1  1500 ward st susp 2

BPD believes that the suspect may have been involved in two other burglaries, one on the 1700 block of Derby Street on April 28th, the other on the 1700 block of Russell Street on April 30th.

Bay Area Crime Stoppers (BACS) is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the burglar(s).

Anyone who may have any information regarding the identity of the individual in the photographs or any information about these crimes is urged to call the BPD Property Crimes Detail at (510) 981-5737 (office) or (510) 981-5900 (non-emergency dispatch line). If callers wish to remain anonymous please call the BACS Tip Line at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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