$25K reward offered for info on East Bay restaurant robberies

Oakland police said today that a $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of two or three suspects they believe are responsible for a series of armed robberies in Oakland, Berkeley and San Leandro.

“We're taking a regional approach to this because we believe the robberies in Berkeley and San Leandro are similar to ours and we want to stop this from happening and get the bad guys off the streets quickly,” Sgt. Rebecca Campbell said.

The robberies that Campbell believes are connected occurred at an undisclosed Asian restaurant on Telegraph Avenue in Oakland at 10:23 p.m. on Dec. 5, at King Tsin on Solano Avenue in Berkeley on Dec. 10 and at Tsuru Sushi restaurant at 146 E. 14th St. in downtown San Leandro on Nov. 23.

<p>Campbell described the incidents as takeover robberies in which the suspects robbed the cash registers at the restaurants as well as restaurant customers.

No one was injured in any of the incidents and no shots were fired, but the suspects carried silver and black handguns as well as a long gun or “Tommy Gun,” Campbell said.

Oakland police spokesman Roland Holmgren said the suspects are considered to be armed and dangerous.

One of the suspects is described as a black male 18 to 25 years old, about 6 foot or 6 foot 1 and about 180 pounds.

The other one or two suspects are described as black males between 18 and 25, 5 foot 8 to 5 foot 10 and 130 to 180 pounds.

The suspects have been seen wearing either black or red hooded sweatshirts, police say.

Campbell said there also have been recent armed robberies at Asian restaurants in Albany and El Cerrito but she doesn't think the same suspects were involved in those incidents.

Campbell said that's because the suspects in two recent restaurant robberies in Albany “were very timid and almost apologetic and that's very different from the suspects we're looking for in the other robberies, who

were very aggressive and hostile.”

She said people who have information on the robberies in Oakland, Berkeley and San Leandro should call (510) 777-3211.

The $25,000 reward is being offered by Crime Stoppers, Campbell said.

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