Masked gunmen have committed a spate of robberies around Berkeley in the past few days, targeting businesses and pedestrians, authorities say.
After a mostly quiet year, violent felony investigations ticked up in Berkeley in August, resulting in a number of arrests and charges.
There have been four armed robberies in Berkeley since Thursday, authorities report, including one where the robber used a shotgun to take money from a gas station cashier.
Police in Berkeley are investigating five robberies at gunpoint that took place in less than two hours Friday, according to crime data reviewed this week by Berkeleyside.
A 25-year-old homeless parolee-at-large was charged with four felonies this week after police tied him to three armed robberies in northeast Berkeley in December, according to court papers.
“Our community needs to be made aware,” said a cyclist who asked to remain anonymous because the investigation is underway.
Police investigated three armed robberies on Wednesday night downtown and in the Southside neighborhood near UC Berkeley, authorities report.
BPD detectives are asking community members to help identify a suspect in numerous armed robberies in Berkeley, Albany, Alameda, San Leandro and Walnut Creek.
Police are investigating reports of three armed robberies in Berkeley in less than 30 minutes Wednesday, according to unconfirmed scanner dispatches.