Suspect Connected With Recent Burglaries Arrested

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UCPD arrested a suspect Feb. 16 in connection with a series of home burglaries at the University Village in Albany over the past five months.

The apartment building, which offers housing to UC Berkeley students with families, has been the scene of 11 reported burglaries since September, including seven "hot prowl" cases - burglaries that occur when victims are present inside the home - according to UCPD Lt. Alex Yao.

The most recent "hot prowl" burglary occurred in the early hours of Feb. 14 when the suspect, Toni Cooper, allegedly broke into the apartment of a male UC Berkeley student and his wife. The two woke up to the sound of rattling blinds as the suspect exited the apartment through sliding glass doors.

A laptop and two cameras were among the $1,973 worth of property reported stolen, according to Yao. He said the suspect entered through an unlocked door.

At around 1:35 p.m. Feb. 16, a University Village resident called UCPD to report a suspicious person prowling in the area, according to Yao. UCPD confirmed that the suspect was Cooper and identified the property in her possession as belonging to the victims of the Feb. 14 hot prowl in addition to other stolen property from four other reported burglaries since September.

Yao added that the UCPD is unaware of exactly how many of the University Village Apartment burglaries Cooper may be affiliated with and that the department is still investigating the case.

Cooper was booked at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on four charges - possession of stolen property, burglary, possession of a controlled substance and unauthorized possession of university keys. Cooper is still in custody on a $60,000 bail.

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