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More Bay Area Restaurants Robbed

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. Previously Oakland Restaurants Hit by... More

Oakland Restaurants Hit by More Takeover Robberies

Unfortunate Oakland restaurants are experiencing this year's second rash of takeover-style robberies. The area was hit with a string of heists in April, and a hold-up on Wednesday night at Eastlake's King of King Restaurant marked the area's tenth armed robbery in the last two weeks. According to local radio station KTVU, police remain unsure whether the various incidents are linked.... More

Restaurant Heists in Oakland and Emeryville, California, Continue

Everybody be cool. Dining out in the San Francisco Bay Area may have gotten a little more expensive: The blog SFist clues us in on a recent rash of East Bay restaurant "takeover"-style robberies—eight in the past couple of weeks. The most recent robbery in Emeryville follows a similar pattern: "[o]ne of the suspects revealed a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded money from both employees and customers" [cbs5.com]. Prize quote from SFist: "Be careful, Chez Panisse denizens!" [via Eater SF]... More

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