A bank robbery at Mechanics Bank is under investigation in downtown Berkeley
Mechanics Bank, 2301 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA. Image: Google Street View

Update, Nov. 30: Police have announced an arrest in the Mechanics Bank robbery from October.

Original story: Police are investigating a bank robbery that happened Monday morning at Mechanics Bank in downtown Berkeley, authorities report.

A man in his 50s went into Mechanics Bank at 2301 Shattuck Ave. (at Bancroft Way) at 9:15 a.m. and demanded money, said Lt. Dan Montgomery of the Berkeley Police Department.

The man left with the cash and was last seen fleeing the area on foot, Montgomery said.

Bank robberies are rare in Berkeley. In 2018, the most recent full-year data immediately available, Berkeley had three bank robberies.

In 2020, there hasn’t been a bank robbery in the city since January, when there were three. BPD ultimately arrested an Oakland man in connection with those incidents, and said they were part of a larger series around the Bay Area. (The Oakland man was charged with robbery and remains in custody, according to court records online.)

Berkeleyside will update this story if additional information becomes available.

BPD asks anyone with tips about this incident to alert the department’s Robbery Detail at 510-981-5742.

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...