3 laptop thefts occur within 2 weeks in Berkeley

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According to an email sent out by UCPD, a victim was allegedly assaulted at People’s Park by two unidentified suspects. The victim was later sent to the hospital in order to receive medical treatment.

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There have been three new additions to Berkeley’s series of laptop thefts and robberies, according to a Berkeley Police Department community alert.

About 6 p.m. April 1, a man was typing on his laptop when a suspect approached him at Berkeley Espresso on Shattuck Avenue. The suspect proceeded to grab the victim’s laptop and run out of the café with a second suspect, according to the alert.

Witnesses described the first suspect as an 18- to 22-year-old slim Black male, about 5 feet, 6 inches to 5 feet, 8 inches tall.

The second suspect was described as an 18- to 22-year-old heavy Latinx male of similar height. The suspect was wearing a multicolored jacket, according to the alert.

About 12:55 p.m. April 3, a 22-year-old woman was sitting inside Alchemy Collective Café on Alcatraz Avenue when two suspects grabbed her laptop from the table in front of her and ran out of the café.

Witnesses described one of the suspects as a 6-foot-tall Black male in his 20s. The suspect was wearing a mask, according to the alert.

At Sack’s Coffee House on Sunday, two suspects took two laptops about 6:44 p.m. Before taking the first laptop, one of the suspects threw a cup of lemonade at the 22-year-old female victim.

When a group of people proceeded to run after the first suspect, the second suspect took a laptop that had been left unattended, according to the alert. There were no descriptions of the suspects as of press time.

Alexandra Casey is an assistant news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @acasey_dc.