Two laptops were stolen from customers at the popular coffee shop Cafe Blue Door just south of campus late Saturday afternoon.
About 6 p.m., two men entered the cafe and stole laptops from two different patrons before running down Bancroft Avenue toward Downtown Berkeley, according to Berkeley Police Department Lt. Joe Okies.
Cafe employee Garimansh Bimra said two Black men who looked to be in their early 20s entered the cafe and said they were “just looking” at the menu. Bimra said his suspicions were aroused when he saw the two men looking around at people’s laptops, so he dialed 911.
After Bimra called Berkeley police, he said the two men stole two laptops, one from a female sitting at an adjacent table and one from a patron sitting outside.
The suspects were described as Black males between the ages of 14 and 20 and about 6 feet in height, Okies said. Both suspects were described as having thin builds and wearing gray sweatshirts. One suspect was wearing track pants and the other was wearing jeans, according to Okies.
According to Bimra, laptops have been stolen from both Cafe Blue Door and Sack’s Coffee House before, although these incidents have been occurring more frequently during the past three months. The theft is the latest in a string of laptop thefts, including the theft of four laptops stolen at Caffe Strada, another coffee shop just a few blocks away.
The case is still under investigation, according to Okies.
Senior staff writer Suhauna Hussain contributed to this report.