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.

Related:
Man with gun robs Solano Avenue bank in Berkeley [01.16.13]
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