Berkeley police ask for help to find suspect after iPhone robbery of elderly man (video)

Police are asking for help to find a man responsible for a robbery in December. Image: BPD
Police are asking for help to find a man responsible for a robbery in December. Image: BPD

The Berkeley Police Department is asking the community for help to find a man who robbed an elderly shopper of his brand new iPhone on Fourth Street the day after Christmas.

According to a statement released by police Thursday, an 83-year-old man was walking with a family member on Fourth near Hearst Avenue shortly after 1 p.m. Dec. 26 when the strong-arm robbery took place.

“They had just left the Apple store after purchasing a new iPhone,” police said in the statement. “The suspect followed the victim, and then forcibly took the iPhone … injuring him in the process.”

Police released a video of the robbery, and shared it with the media Thursday. It appears below.


Police believe this man was responsible for a robbery outside the Fourth Street Apple store in December. Image: BPD
Police believe this man was responsible for a robbery outside the Fourth Street Apple store in December. Image: BPD

Police said the robber appeared to be a black man in his 30s with short hair and an average build. He was wearing a red zip-up Gap hooded sweatshirt and light blue jeans.

Police believe this man was responsible for a robbery outside the Fourth Street Apple store in December. Image: BPD
Image: BPD

The suspect fled the area in a silver Audi with paper plates.

Police ask anyone who may recognize the man, or has information regarding the incident, to call the Robbery Detail at 510-981-5742, or the Berkeley Police non-emergency line at 510-981-5900.

Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous can call Bay Area Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

Read more about robberies in Berkeley in past Berkeleyside coverage.


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