One arrested after botched robbery

Tuesday September 17, 2002

BERKELEY – Police arrested one man and were searching for one or two more after a botched armed robbery Sunday afternoon at an electronics store. 

The Berkeley Police Department received a report at 1:34 p.m. that two or three men had robbed the Cambridge Sound Works on 2350 Shattuck Ave. in downtown Berkeley. 

After confronting the clerks with a handgun, the men apparently tied the clerks’ hands and locked them in a back room of the store, police said. 

They then loaded about $30,000 worth of stereos and TVs into the back of a U-Haul truck and fled the scene. 

Shortly after the robbery was reported a Berkeley police officer spotted a U-Haul matching the truck's description at Sixth Street and University Avenue in west Berkeley.  

The driver refused to pull over and led police on a chase through Berkeley, Oakland and into Hayward. The pursuit never exceeded speed limits, police said. 

Units from all three cities responded and the chase ended only after the U-haul plowed into a police car at a Hayward intersection. 

Police have identified the suspect in custody as 25-year-old Ricky Sanders of Hayward, who has been charged with robbery.