"Gang of Four" Armed Robbers Plague Berkeley


Five armed robberies in Berkeley, all around midnight, were perpetrated within four days by what appears to be the same gang of four to five gunmen traveling in a silver car.

The stickups occurred in the city's downtown and residential north and south: April 24 on the 2000 block of Durant Avenue, April 25 on the 1800 block of Delaware Street and the 3100 block of Shattuck Avenue, April 26 on the 2100 block of Walnut Street, and April 27 on the 1700 block of Chestnut Street. The suspects in all BPD reports of these cases are described as African-American men aged eighteen to 25, wielding two semiautomatic handguns and driving a newish four-door Honda or other coupe.

UCPD has issued an alert as well, as the stickups occurred in areas where students might walk or dwell. "UCPD cautions people to be alert and use common sense," reads the alert. "Walk with one or more companions whenever possible. Plan the safest route to your destination, even if it means taking a longer route. Choose well-lighted busy streets and avoid vacant lots or deserted areas." Good advice for all.—Anneli Rufus