Berkeley Police cruiser, Officer Jennifer Coats. Photo: Emilie Raguso
Officer Jennifer Coats at a police investigation in Berkeley (file photo). Photo: Emilie Raguso

Police are investigating a robbery at gunpoint at a Solano Avenue pharmacy over the weekend.

The robbery took place at 5:10 p.m. Saturday at Pharmaca at 1744 Solano Ave., at Ensenada Avenue.

According to Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats, a man entered the North Berkeley business with a gun and demanded prescription medication from the pharmacist.

The robber “jumped over the counter with a gun pointed at the employees and told them to fill his backpack,” according to unconfirmed scanner traffic.

Coats said the man fled after the robbery.

Police looked for the man but were unable to find him. According to scanner traffic, he ran down Ensenada to Marin Avenue, where he continued running “downhill.”

Coats declined to release a description of the suspect because she said it could jeopardize the ongoing investigation.

No arrests have been made at this time, but Coats said detectives are following up on leads and “actively working the case.”

Pharmaca spokeswoman Tiffany Plate declined to comment on the incident, citing the police investigation.

A Pharmaca employee said police reported that they were investigating several other robberies of independent pharmacies in the area. Coats said she could not comment on that aspect of the investigation.

No physical injuries were reported during the course of the robbery.

“We feel really blessed,” said the employee, that no one was harmed. She did not provide her name because she was not authorized to speak with the media.

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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...