News in Brief: Five Robberies Occur In Five Hours



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Police are investigating a string of five robberies that occurred in as many hours, in almost every region of Berkeley early Wednesday.

In the most brazen of the robberies, the assailants pillaged an apartment on the 1400 block of Oxford Street about 12:20 a.m. after forcing the resident at gunpoint to lead them inside, police said.

The robbers punched the victim before taking money and various possessions, said Berkeley Police Lt. Cynthia Harris.

Fifteen minutes earlier a couple was robbed at gunpoint on a downtown street. Another couple was robbed as they left a cash machine in West Berkeley about 12:30 a.m.

About five hours later, two pedestrian robberies occurred in South Berkeley. In both incidents a sport utility vehicle was involved, Harris said.

The same group of young men likely committed the first three heists, Harris said. But is unclear if they are connected to the latter incidents.

Nate Tabak

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