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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