Police Blotter

By Richard Brenneman
Friday August 11, 2006

Gangs of three 

UC Berkeley police nabbed one suspected trio of strong-arm robbers and are looking for a second following a pair of heists this week, reports Chief Victoria L. Harrison. 

The first group struck about 9:40 p.m. Monday, stealing the purse of a UC student as she was walking near the corner of Ellsworth Street and Bancroft Way. 

That trio was last seen beating the pavement eastbound on Durant Avenue heading toward Telegraph. 

The second gang of three—all juveniles—struck at 7:20 p.m. Tuesday, when they robbed a 20-year-old woman who was walking eastbound in the 2400 block of Channing Way near Residential Unit III. 

One of the bandits grabbed her neck from behind and threw her to the ground, where the trio surrounded her as one of them grabbed her purse. 

Minutes after the woman reported the robbery, a university officer spotted a threesome matching her description walking along Bancroft Way. 

When a search turned up some of the items stolen from the woman, all three—a 16-year-old and two 14-year-olds—were booked on suspicion of robbery.