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Press Contact: Byron White, Berkeley Police Department, (510) 981-5780


Berkeley, California (Tuesday, June 26, 2018) - On June 17th at about 1:30 am, a suspect entered Touchless  Car Wash—demanding a free pack of cigarettes.  When the clerk refused, the  suspect took a pack of cigarettes and began to leave the store.  When the  employee tried to prevent the suspect from leaving, the suspect pushed the  employee out of the way—last seen walking west on Kittredge Street (https://local.nixle.com/alert/6630712/)

On June 23rd at about 7: 30 pm, two officers were  patrolling the area of Shattuck Avenue and Allston Way when they saw a man who  resembled the Be-On-The-Lookout (BOLO) flyer distributed after the robbery at  Touchless Car Wash.

Officers contacted the man and discovered that he was on  probation.  When officers searched the  man under the terms of his probation, they discovered he had an illegal  methamphetamine smoking pipe and consequently arrested him.  After the arrest, the man later admitted to the earlier robbery.

Arrested: Jeremy Edward Young, Male, 30 years old, Hayward, CA


Some  Other Notable Arrests from this past Weekend 

Arrest of Auto  Burglar

On June 23rd between 10:15 am and 4 pm,  a community member had his wallet stolen from his parked vehicle on San Pablo  Avenue (near Virginia Street).  A few  hours later, the victim realized that his wallet was missing from his vehicle  and called BPD to report it.  The victim  also discovered several fraudulent charges on his credit card made at local  stores.

Realizing that one of the charges were at a local  motel, officers went to the motel and inquired about the fraudulent  charges.  There, officers discovered that  a room had been rented in the victim’s name. Since no one was in the room at the time, officers waited for the  suspect to return—where they arrested him later.

When officers searched the room, they found the  victim’s wallet and the suspect admitted to burglarizing his vehicle.

Arrested: Joel James Santos, Male, 30, Richmond,CA


Tip Jar  Thief Arrested

On June 18th at 6:30 pm, a store on the  2100 block of Center Street reported a that a suspect stole their tip jar and  in the process struck one of the store’s employees by pushing them and throwing  a chair and the now emptied tip jar at them. While fleeing the business, the suspect also threw a glass bottle at a  woman who happened to be passing by. When the bottle struck the woman, she dropped her wallet and the suspect  was believed to have taken it as well.

After the incident, officers reviewed the store’s  video surveillance and recognized the suspect from previous contacts with  him.  Based on this, officers requested a  complaint/warrant for the suspect’s arrest—(Bennet Lemar Taylor, Male, 53 yearsold, Homeless).

On June 24th at about 2:23 am, officers  again responded to the 2100 block of Center Street on a report of a disturbance  where a person was refusing to leave a restaurant and swinging an umbrella at  store employees.

When officers arrived, they recognized the suspect  from the earlier Be-On-The-Lookout (BOLO) flyer from the June 18thincident.  The suspect was consequently  arrested on suspicion of robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, theft, and  violation of probation.


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