Woman Injured Resisting Laptop Thief in Berkeley

A woman sitting at a table in a business near the UC Berkeley campus was injured when she resisted a robber who grabbed her laptop, according to Berkeley police. The two struggled and fell, and the robber escaped with the laptop, police said.

Berkeley police report that a woman suffered non-life-threatening injuries when she struggled with a robber who stole her laptop.

The woman was sitting at a table in a business in the 2300 block of College Avenue, which is next to the UC Berkeley campus, on Dec. 7 at about 6:55 p.m. when a man tried to steal her laptop, police said.

"The victim and the suspect struggled over the laptop," according to a "Robbery" item on the Berkeley police crime blotter. "During the struggle the victim and the suspect fell to the ground. The suspect was able to gain control the laptop and fled the area. The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries."

The blotter didn't name the business. Caffe Strada at 2300 College Avenue is a popular hang-out on that block.

The robber, last seen going west on Durant Avenue from College Avenue, was described as a black male adult, mid 20s, approximately 5-feet, 4-inches, thin build, short black hair, and wearing a black shiny jacket and black pants.

El Cerrito police reported two recent thefts of laptops from customers at Starbucks in El Cerrito Plaza, , and one on Oct. 30.


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