Man arrested in Jan. 16 armed robbery of Berkeley bank

Mechanics Solano

The armed robbery took place on Jan. 16 at the Mechanics Bank on Solano Avenue in Berkeley.

The Berkeley Police have arrested a man in connection with an armed robbery at Mechanics Bank on Solano Avenue on the morning of Wednesday Jan. 16.

James Craig Davis, 33, of San Pablo was arrested during a traffic stop in Platte County, Missouri. The deputy determined Davis was wanted for the Berkeley robbery, placed him in custody without incident, and notified Berkeley Police detectives.

The detectives had obtained bank security photos of the robber and distributed them to law enforcement agencies nationally, according to a statement released Wednesday by the Berkeley Police Department.

On Wednesday, Jan. 16, at about 9:20 a.m., Berkeley 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. There were no reported injuries.

The department said in a statement Wednesday, Feb. 6, that one day after photos of the suspect were distributed, a deputy sheriff employed by the Marin County Sheriff’s Office notified Berkeley detectives that he recognized the suspect depicted. Berkeley detectives continued their investigation, ultimately identifying the suspect in the case as Davis. Berkeley detectives obtained an arrest warrant and had it entered into state and national databases on Jan. 22.

Davis has been extradited to California to appear in court in connection with the robbery. As of Wednesday, Davis did not appear to be in custody in Alameda County, according to the sheriff’s department inmate locator website.

Officer Stephanie Polizziani, a police spokeswoman, said Wednesday afternoon that she did not know when Davis was extradited, or if he had yet been charged, and that the department was not planning to release additional information about the arrest.

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  • Mrdrew3782

    Thank you Berkeley Police for the good work. Also, strangely, thanks to the Missouri police for keeping an eye out.

  • 4Eenie

    And don’t forget the Marin Sherrif’s Office,who IDd the guy! Great work to all involved.

  • Charlotte

    Yes – awesome work Berkeley detectives & Marin Sherrif!! thank you!! Government works people more often than most of us acknowledge or even notice

  • Sofia

    Pretty sure the last paragraph should reference either Officer Jennifer Coats (Public Information Officer) or Officer Stephanie Polizziani, our excellent Area 3 Coordinator.

  • emraguso

    That was my fault. Thanks for noticing — we’ve fixed it.

  • Emilie, the robbery took place on the 16th, not the 6th, correct?

  • emraguso

    Ross — where have I been without you?? Yes, you are correct. Just fixed.

  • PragmaticProgressive

    Byline says Tracey, but you’re taking responsibility for the factual errors. I know you work as a team, but you sometimes have shared bylines, sometimes not. What’s the process?

  • emraguso

    We all read each other’s copy — though I do MUCH less editing than the actual editors. I did take a quick look at this one (too quick!) and also gave police a call about it — hence my mistake (due simply to mental overload) about the first name of the officer. I also noticed in the story that it sometimes said the 6th and sometimes the 16th — I went with what was in the headline bc I assumed that was the right date — again, because I was rushing. So that’s kind of a long answer. It probably would have been wise to check with Tracey and also perhaps to put a “reporting contributed by” line at the bottom, for the sake of transparency. But yesterday was just a crazy day so those elements slipped through the cracks.