Press Release: Mechanics Bank Robber Arrested

From Ofc. Jennifer Coats, BPD
Wednesday February 06, 2013 - 10:54:00 AM

The City of Berkeley Police Department is announcing the arrest of James Craig Davis, 33 years old, of San Pablo, for the January 6, 2013 armed robbery of Mechanics Bank on Solano Avenue. 

On Thursday, January 6, 2013, at approximately 9:23 a.m., BPD officers responded to Mechanics Bank on Solano Avenue for a reported armed robbery. Officers determined the suspect entered the bank, displayed a handgun, and demanded cash from a teller. The suspect fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash. 

BPD Robbery Detectives immediately obtained bank security photos of the suspect, and distributed them to law enforcement agencies in the region. Within a day, a Deputy Sheriff employed by the Marin County Sheriff’s Office notified BPD detectives that he recognized the suspect depicted in the bank security photos.  

BPD Detectives continued their investigation, ultimately identifying the suspect in the case as James Craig Davis, 33, of San Pablo. BPD detectives obtained an arrest warrant, and had it entered into state and national databases on January 22, 2013. 

Later that same date, a Deputy Sheriff contacted Davis during a traffic stop in Platte County Missouri. The deputy determined Davis was wanted for the Berkeley robbery, and placed him into custody without incident, and notified BPD Detectives. Davis has been extradited to California to face the robbery charge.