Man robbed of phone in South Berkeley

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After a series of laptop thefts hit Berkeley, a man was robbed of a different technological device March 26 — his phone, according to Berkeley Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Andrew Frankel.

BPD received a report about 6:15 p.m. of a robbery, which had occurred an hour prior near California and Russell streets, Frankel said.

Police responded and took the victim’s statement. The victim said the two young men who had robbed him approached the victim and his friend and demanded the victim’s phone, according to Frankel. The suspects fled the area after the victim gave them his phone.

The suspects remain at large, according to Frankel.

“Thefts of cellphones are not uncommon,” Frankel said. “We average four to seven pedestrian robberies a week. Often the suspects are after phones and laptop computers.”

Ani Vahradyan is the university news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @anivahrad.