Mechanics Bank on Solano Avenue in Berkeley was robbed Wednesday morning.
Mechanics Bank on Solano Avenue in Berkeley was robbed Wednesday morning.

A man with a handgun robbed a Solano Avenue bank Wednesday morning shortly after it opened, authorities said.

Police are investigating a robbery at Mechanics Bank, 1801 Solano Ave., said Officer Jennifer Coats of the Berkeley Police Department, via email.

A bank staffer said the Mechanics Bank branch manager on Solano Avenue could not comment on the incident.

Coats said the robbery was reported just before 9:30 a.m. There were no reported injuries.

She said she did not know if surveillance footage would be available, and that no additional detail was available about the robbery.

Police were speaking with bank employees and searching the neighborhood for the robber, who left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police described the robber as black, in his late 30s, 6 feet 6 inches tall and stocky, and wearing a black beanie and black hooded sweatshirt. He was carrying a black backpack.

Coats said police were not sure if the man left in a car or on foot.

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