VIDEO: Man robbed of laptop while sitting at Berkeley coffee shop

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VIDEO: Man robbed of laptop while sitting at Berkeley coffee shop

BERKELEY (KRON) — Police in Berkeley are investigating a series of 14 robberies, including one where a man was robbed of his laptop while sitting inside a local coffee shop. 

The April 18 robbery at Espresso Roma on College Avenue was caught on the coffee shop’s surveillance cameras.

Footage shows the suspects scoping out the location and approaching the counter where customers order drinks before swiping the victim’s laptop and running away. 

Berkeley police say the robbery occurred at 7:15 p.m. on April 18. Police have not released many details on the suspects, but the suspects are seen on surveillance footage wearing hooded sweatshirts. 

Customers have been robbed of their laptops three times at Espresso Roma, according to Berkeley Police. 

“This isn’t the first case. This is the third one that has happened here,” said Berkeley Officer Byron White.

The laptop robbery is one of 14 robbery cases in Berkeley since April 15 and one of 31 electronic robberies from cafes in the city this year, police said. 

“It is a problem that we see repeatedly, these thefts from electronic stores or using their laptop or cellphones in areas that have easy access escape routes,” White said. “In this particular case you see their laptop being taken as they are sitting right by the front door.”

Many of the other robberies in Berkeley have involved victims walking on city streets. 

On April 17 just before midnight, a 62-year-old woman was injured with scissors when a young woman in her teens or early 20s allegedly stole the victim’s purse as she was walking on the 2700 block of Garber Street. 

Just after noon on April 17, a mother and her baby were targeted by a suspect who allegedly stole the woman’s wallet as she was walking on 67th Street near Mabel Street. The suspect in the case is described as a black female in her early 20s. 

On the night of April 16, a woman was reportedly approached by four men who stole her cell phone while she was walking on the 2500 block of Le Conte Avenue around 10:30 p.m.

The victim was allegedly kicked during the robbery and suffered bruising to her face around the eyes.The suspects are described as black men in their 20s, dressed in dark hooded tops. 

That same night, police said a 21-year-old woman was robbed of her laptop and bag while walking on Carleton Street near Dana Street around 10:18 p.m. The suspect is described as a white female 25-33-years-old with brown or golden hair.

She was last seen wearing a dark jacket and jeans, according to police. 

A few hours prior on April 16, a man was robbed of his backpack and laptop while walking on the 2700 block of Benvenue Avenue. The suspect is believed to be a black male in his early 20s with a small to medium build, according to police.

For more information on the recent string of robberies in Berkeley, click here.

Those with information on these cases are encouraged to contact the Berkeley Police Department’s Robbery Unit at (510) 981-5900. 

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