Armed robbers have been on the loose in Oakland this summer, targeting restaurants primarily around the Lake Merritt, Oakland Hills, and San Antonio neighborhoods. But Monday night, a robbery occurred in the upscale Rockridge district, marking the first instance in this area. At least two men wearing masks and hooded sweatshirts robbed Pasta Pomodoro at 5500 College Avenue, about ten minutes before closing. Nobody was hurt.
Completely unrelated, the crime wave also struck the four-star restaurant La Folie in San Francisco's Russian Hill neighborhood. Thieves went straight for the safe, stealing the entire box and its contents. Unlike the Oakland robberies, this one happened after hours when no staffers or diners were inside the restaurant.