For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Sgt. Mary Kusmiss S-6, Public Information Officer, (510) 981-5780

BPD RESPONSE TO ROBBERIES RESULTED IN 9 ARRESTS. ONE RESPONSIBLE FOR NORTH BERKELEY SERIES

Berkeley, California (Wednesday, December 15, 2010) - Members of the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) have made nine (9) arrests of robbery suspects citywide in recent days. The Alameda County District Attorney (DA) has since charged one of the suspects who BPD believes is connected to the North Berkeley robbery series with multiple counts of robbery and attempted robbery.

All of the arrests were a result in part by a departmental focus that included crime analysis, increased communication and the use of additional BPD personnel to concentrate patrol in several areas of the city that were identified as locations where robberies have taken place. There had been robberies occurring in South Berkeley, the South Campus area in addition to those in North Berkeley.

In late November, BPD identified a potential series of five (5) pedestrian armed robberies that were happening north of University Avenue. One of the nine individuals arrested was caught leaving the area north of University Avenue after a robbery.

BPD Robbery detectives are continuing follow up work on these cases which includes the arrest that is related to the series in North Berkeley. BPD does not want to compromise any of these ongoing investigations thus BPD is not currently sharing the names or photographs of the suspects that have been arrested.
BPD would like to thank the community for their interest and participation in solving any robbery series. Community members are always encouraged to call BPD to report suspicious cars and/or individuals and offer as much detail as possible when doing so.

BPD is also reminding community members to employ some simple crime prevention measures such as walking with another in the evenings and not talking on cell phones or listening to devices such as MP3 players and iPods as
they limit awareness.

If anyone has any information regarding any crimes, please call the BPD Non-Emergency Dispatch Line at (510) 981-5900. For crimes in progress or crimes that have just happened, please call 911 or (510) 981-5911 from your cell phone.                                             

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