For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Shira Warren, Berkeley Police Department, (510) 981-5778

String of Robberies Committed in North and Southeast Berkeley

Berkeley, California (Wednesday, December 21, 2005) - Berkeley Investigators continue to investigate a series of street robberies within the City.  These incidents occurred between  December 16 and 19.  During this four-day period, there were eight robberies appearing to have all been committed by the same suspect.  

The suspect is described as a black male, between 6 feet 2 inches and 6 feet 5 inches tall, 230 pounds, with a large build.  He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a black baseball cap, which is sometimes worn backwards. 

The suspect primarily targets women and has struck only in the North and Southeast portions of the City thus far.  Although there's been no weapon seen during the robberies, the suspect has simulated a gun in some cases.  The suspect may be the same person responsible for similar robberies in Oakland.

Remember to stay aware of your surroundings.  If you have any information relating to recent robberies within the City of Berkeley, please contact the Berkeley Police Department’s Robbery Division at (510) 981-5742.