Berkeley police release arrest warrant for suspect in yoga studio theft

A yellow tape that reads "Police Line Do Not Cross" cuts across a street.
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According to a Nixle alert sent out by Berkeley Police Department, two suspects — a 30-year-old Berkeley man and a 33-year-old Sacramento man respectively — were arrested on suspicion of carrying a loaded, concealed firearm.

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Berkeley Police Department has released a warrant for a suspect’s arrest in connection to a yoga studio theft in Downtown Berkeley on Sept. 26, according to a BPD Nixle alert released Monday morning.

The suspect, identified as 26-year-old Oakland resident Christopher Damon Newton, allegedly stole a person’s wallet and clothing at a yoga studio in Downtown Berkeley on Sept. 26, according to the alert. A warrant for Newton’s arrest on suspicion of burglary, identity theft and violation of probation has since been approved by a judge.

The alert added that Newton has been known to allegedly go to yoga studios around the Bay Area and steal items from patrons at these studios. BPD has released this information in hopes that other thefts will be reported, according to the alert.

Community members are encouraged to contact BPD at 510-981-5900 or notify the nearest police agency if they see Newton.

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