Berkeley police cruiser. Photo: Emilie Raguso
Police are investigating a bank robbery Wednesday morning. Photo: Emilie Raguso

A man who threatened to have a gun robbed a downtown Berkeley bank Wednesday morning, according to authorities.

Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats said the department is investigating a robbery at Chase Bank, at 2390 Shattuck Ave., near Channing Way. 

Coats said the call about the robbery came in at about 10:05 a.m.

“We are still in the process of investigating the incident,” she said at about 11:50 a.m. “I have reached out to our investigators for an update. Once I learn more I will pass it along.”

Berkeleyside reviewed a scanner audio recording for additional information.

According to the recording, the man threatened to have a gun, and left the bank on foot westbound on Channing.

No one at the bank reportedly saw a weapon, but the man gestured to his waistband to indicate that he had one.

The man was described as black, 35-40 years old, and 210-215 pounds with a heavy build. He had black hair and brown eyes. The man was wearing dirty blue jeans, a gray hoodie and a plaid shirt. He was also wearing glasses with a square frame, and had a UC Berkeley lanyard around his neck, according to the recording.

The FBI also was notified, due to the nature of the crime.

Berkeleyside will update this post if more information becomes available.

Read more about robberies in Berkeley in past Berkeleyside coverage. 

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Emilie Raguso (former senior editor, news) joined Berkeleyside in 2012 and covered politics, public safety and development until her departure in 2022. In 2017, Emilie was named Journalist of the Year...