For Immediate ReleasePress Contact: Jamie Perkins, Public Information Officer, (510) 981-5778
COMMUNITY CRIME ALERT ARMED ROBBERY SERIES IN NORTH BERKELEY
Berkeley, California (Wednesday, April 07, 2010) - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Robbery Detectives are currently investigating a series of armed robberies in North Berkeley. BPD would like the community to be aware and alert to this series.
Thursday, April 1, 2010 just prior to 10:16 p.m. Attempted robbery in the area of Walnut Street and Cedar Street.
Saturday, April 3, 2010, approximately 8:00 p.m. Armed robbery in the area of Le Conte and Euclid Avenues. On the same day, thirty minutes later, 8:30 p.m. another armed robbery in the area of Ridge Road and La Loma Avenue.
Sunday, April 4, 2010, approximately 2:45 a.m. Armed robbery in the 1800 block of Euclid Avenue.
The suspects have been reported to confront their victims with a gun and demand all of their property. During the commission of these robberies, no one was injured.
The suspects have been described by witnesses / victims as:
20-25 years, 6-00 to 6-02
20-25 years, 5-07 to 5-08
Wearing a black or red baseball cap
Wearing all dark clothing
BPD would like to remind community members of a few crime prevention precautions, which may help to reduce your risk as well as discourage those who commit crimes.
Be alert to your surroundings and people around you
Whenever feasible, walk, jog or travel with a friend
Walk confidently and at a steady pace
Don’t talk on cell phones or listen to I Pods when alone, as they limit awareness
Be aware of locations and situations, which make you more vulnerable to crime such as alleys, doorways, parking lots and stairwells
Call BPD to report suspicious persons or activity
If you are the victim of a robbery, immediately call the police. An immediate report, including the suspect description, direction of flight, and any associated vehicles, gives responding officers the best possible chance of locating the suspect, and ultimately making a successful case.
If you have any information regarding these crimes, please contact the Berkeley Robbery Detail at (510) 981-5742 or the BPD non-emergency number at (510) 981-5900 or from your cell phone at (510) 981-5911. If callers wish to remain anonymous they are asked to call the Bay Area Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
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