UC Berkeley Police Chief Margo Bennett
Determined to set the record straight, UC Berkeley Police Chief Margo Bennett sent a mass internal e-mail this week
stolen from her vehicle at the Point Isabel Regional Shoreline in Richmond.detailing what
happened when several valuables, including her department gun, were recently
She admits, ‘in retrospect,’ that perhaps she shouldn’t have stored her black computer bag,
containing her department gun, badge, laptop and iPad, in the darkly-tinted ‘back cargo area’
of her Ford Escape.
“I should have taken my gun and badge and put them in the spare tire well,” she wrote.
Bennett said she met her running partner at 7:35 a.m and returned to the vehicle at 8:15 a.m.
to find the window behind the driver’s seat smashed. Her gym bag, which had been visible,
was stolen as well as the computer bag full of valuables.
Since the August 21 car burglary, Bennett wrote that “some folks” have told her the area is
“fraught with auto burglaries.”
But also said she had been running at Point Isabel for over a year and a half and had never
seen “any problems in the area” before.
“I feel terrible about the loss of department equipment and I am heartsick over the loss of
irreplaceable personal items,” she wrote.
Other items stolen included a diamond ring and her cell phone.