Marina district robber sets his sights on the dough

Patrons and employees of a new upscale Mission district restaurant were robbed during the restaurant’s closing time Wednesday, one day after a Bernal Heights coffee shop less than two miles away was held up.

An armed gunman entered Beretta restaurant, a chic pizzeria at 23rd and Valencia streets, on Wednesday at about 1 a.m. and ordered diners and workers to the ground. The robber, who was carrying a handgun, ordered an employee to hand him money from a register, according to police Sgt. Neville Gittens.

One day earlier, another armed robber, who looked to be about 20 years old, burst into a Martha & Bros. on Cortland Avenue at 5:37 a.m., Gittens said. Two male patrons and two employees were ordered on the ground while a female employee was forced to give the robber money from the till.

Nobody was hurt in either of the incidents.

“At this point in time, robbery inspectors do not see any connection between the two crimes,” Gittens said. He said that there was no evidence to suspect that the crimes were connected to a recent rash of restaurant robberies in Oakland.

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