Tuesday April 12, 2005

Whole Foods Stick-up 

A man with a knife walked into an employees-only area of the 3000 Telegraph Ave. Whole Foods Market at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and brandished a knife at a worker. 

After loading himself up with groceries and other items, the bandit departed. He was last seen fleeing westbound on Ashby Avenue, said Berkeley Police spokesperson Officer Joe Okies. 


Gunmen Grab Cell, Computer, Cash 

A pair of robbers confronted a 19-year-old Berkeley pedestrian in the 2100 block of Parker Street just after 11:30 p.m. Thursday, flashed a pistol, and robbed him of his computer, his cell phone and his cash. 


Violates Rule Number One 

“I don’t know why anybody attempts to steal from Andronico’s,” said Officer Okies. “They’ve got the world’s best security.” 

Said fact was presumably unknown to the doubly dumb booster who Berkeley Police arrested shortly after noon Friday after he was apprehended by store security. 

Not only did the would-be thief get caught with the goods, but a search of his person also turned up narcotics paraphernalia. 

His little sojourn include ended up costing him charges of attempted larceny, parole violation and possession of drug paraphernalia. 


Troubles At Prospect and Channing 

Berkeley Police are investigating two non-lethal shooting incidents about four hours apart near the corner of Channing Way and Prospect Street Saturday, said office Okies. 

The first call was at 6:09 p.m. when a nurse at a local emergency room called to report a young male patient who’d been shot with a BB gun. The 19-year-old identified his assailant to officers, who are continuing to investigate. 

The second call, at 11:27 p.m., came from a man who told police he was walking along Prospect when a red Isuzu Trooper with three or male occupants passed by. 

The next thing he felt was a sting on his neck as a backseat member of the Trooper troupe fired a paintball at him. The Trooper and passengers were last seen departing the area. 

The paint-balled pedestrian required no medical treatment for his pain in the neck, said Officer Okies. ª