Bear Market in Unit 3 Robbed

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A man who said he had a gun allegedly robbed the Bear Market in the Unit 3 residence halls early Tuesday morning.

The suspect, who is still at large, entered the Cal Dining convenience store at about 12:28 a.m., told the two store employees that he had a gun and demanded cash from the register, according to a UCPD crime alert.

"The suspect claimed that he had a gun but none was seen," said UCPD Lt. Alex Yao.

The employees gave the suspect approximately $100, and the suspect left the scene. He was last seen walking eastbound from the store, according to the alert, Yao said.

The victims, who were not injured during the incident, activated a panic alarm after the suspect left. UCPD officers responded in just over two minutes and searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect, Yao said.

"Certainly this is not the norm, and I do believe that these type of incidents are rare," Yao said.

UCPD Residential Security Sergeant David Roby said the cashier was not appropriately trained on how to operate the panic alarm and that the market's cordless phone was not charged. It is possible this led to a "slight delay" in response to the incident, he said, although the cashier activated the alarm shortly after the suspect left.

"If (the panic alarm) had been activated when it was supposed to be activated, we would have been there earlier and it's possible it would have been different," he said.

Roby said the employees were supposed to be trained to respond to such incidents, but he does not know whether or not the cashier was trained.

"In theory they're supposed to (be trained)," he said. "In terms of the Bear Market, I've only been in this position since May of this year. I personally was not involved in the training for her."

A woman who answered the phone at the market and said she had been working there at the time of the robbery declined to comment on the incident.

Unlike the residence hall buildings, there is no security monitor for the market, which also does not have surveillance cameras, according to Roby.

Roby called the incident "very disturbing" and said he will review and improve the system for responding to such incidents.

"It can happen anywhere, and obviously the Bear Market hasn't been hit ever," he said. "But you always have to be vigilant because you really never know."

The suspect is described as a male approximately 25 years old, 6 feet tall, with a medium build, possibly brown hair, an unshaven face and wearing gold wire-framed glasses.

UCPD is urging anyone with information regarding the incident to call (510) 642-0472 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and (510) 642-6760 at all other times.


Tomer Ovadia is the city news editor. Contact him at [email protected]

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