Berkeley police report 2 thefts in 2 days

A yellow tape that reads "Police Line Do Not Cross" cuts across a street.
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Two thefts occurred over the span of two days, according to a community alert sent out by the Berkeley Police Department.

According to the alert, a 26-year-old woman was walking on the 2800 block of College Avenue near Russell Street when a suspect snatched a cellphone from her hands at 7:52 p.m. on April 16. The alert said witnesses described the suspect as a Black male wearing a black and red shirt, faded blue jeans and a dark cap. The suspect was last seen running to a white sedan occupied by four other suspects.

At 4:55 p.m. the next day, a suspect stole a laptop from a table inside the Alchemy Collective café at 1741 Alcatraz Ave. after it was briefly left unattended by a customer.

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