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Update, Sept. 7: BPD confirmed Thursday afternoon that there were three armed robberies within a short period of time Wednesday in Berkeley at the locations previously reported by Berkeleyside. The first one took place just before 3 p.m., according to a statement provided by BPD: “the victim [was] standing at the bus stop at College Avenue just north of Parker Street when two suspects got out of a black vehicle. One of the suspects went directly to the victim and displayed a gun. The suspects stole the victim’s laptop and backpack. They [sic] suspects got back into the vehicle and fled north on College Avenue.” At 3 p.m., a female victim (no age listed) was at Blake and Ellsworth when someone came up to her, pointed a gun at her, and demanded her phone. The getaway car was described by police as a “newer black vehicle.” At 3:10 p.m., a pedestrian was at Adeline and Ashby when a red vehicle pulled up. A passenger jumped out and pointed a gun, then took the pedestrian’s phone and left. BPD said “None of the victims were physically injured during these incidents. It is unknown if they [sic] robberies are connected, BPD is still investigating this matter.”

Original story, Sept. 6: Police are investigating reports of three armed robberies in Berkeley in less than 30 minutes Wednesday, according to unconfirmed scanner dispatches.

Reports came in at about 3 p.m. at College Avenue and Parker Street, at 3:12 p.m. at Blake and Ellsworth streets, and at 3:23 p.m. at Adeline Street and Ashby Avenue, according to radio dispatches.

Stolen items included a laptop and a phone.

Berkeleyside has requested information from BPD and will update this story when it is provided.

Stay tuned for more details.

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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...