Thieves Snatch Cash, Purse and Phones in Three Separate Robberies

Newark police are seeking a number of suspects after two local businesses were robbed and suspects nabbed a woman's purse and phone as she was walking into her house.

Two employees of local businesses and a woman were robbed Thursday, according to Newark police.

The first of the series of robberies was at the off Newark Boulevard that was reported to police just after 1 p.m. Authorities said an employee was approached by a male suspect who demanded cash while holding a knife below his belt, took $100 and fled southbound on Newark Boulevard.

That suspect was described as a black man in his early 20s who is approximately 5-foot-9 and of heavy build and has a slight beard. He was last seen wearing a white shirt and ball cap

About five hours later, police said a woman reported two men approached her as she was walking on the on the 39800 block of Parada Street around 6:21 p.m. The suspects – one of which she said was armed with a small grey handgun – took her purse and cell phone.

The suspects were both described to be black males between the ages of 16 and 17 who are about 5-foot-4 and 120 pounds.

The alleged armed suspect was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt or jacket and black jeans. The second suspect was last seen wearing a black hat, black hooded sweatshirt or jacket and black jeans.

And the last robbery reported Thursday was called into police around 10:50 p.m. at on Cedar Boulevard.

Police said an employee reported that two suspects struck him in the hed, stole a white 16-GB iPhone with a black case with a Pittsburg Steelers logo on it and fled. The suspects were last seen in a grey Lexus or Infinity with tinted rear window, being driven by a female driver, according to Newark police.

Both of those suspects were described as black males in their late teens. One was last seen wearing a black shirt and blue jeans and another was wearing a black hooded sweaterhirt or jacket and blue jeans.

Any person with any information concerning these incidents can contact the Newark Police Department's non-emergency line at 510-578-4237 or can call the Silent Witness Hotline at 510-578-4000, extension 500.

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David Lee May 26, 2012 at 06:21 AM
I agree in a way, yes Newark does have its share of crime, but is it really getting worse, or is the reporting (Thanks Patch) getting better. In the past, only large attention grabbing news made its way on to TV stations that come from San Fran, now with Patch, and other local reporting site, you hear more about your town, and it seems like that never happened here long ago. That is not the case, you just never heard about it years ago. Do not give up on Newark! I have lived here since 1971, I moved a way a couple times, but I came back everytime, and I am staying put.
Shimadog May 27, 2012 at 06:57 PM
I wonder if the crime rate this weekend will dramatically decrease with the Dumbarton Bridge closure.
Nonegy May 28, 2012 at 05:07 AM
Just sad. Newark used to be a safe place to live. Our neighborhood's atmosphere and sense of security totally changed after a few African families moved into the neighborhood.
James Nelson May 28, 2012 at 05:19 AM
So far the Wife Beaters in our Community are staying out of trouble, but I figure that's because their at the bars instead. The Night is still young. BTW Fremont, and Union City have been bumping with Violent Crimes for couple hours now.
Christen May 28, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Most towns don't have drive by's, nor do they have the amount of gang activity that you see (and hear) about in Newark. I've lived in the bay area my entire life, and I have never lived in an area with the amount of crime we have in Newark. We have had two large fights involving multiple kids at the park across the street from my house. One of them was directly across the street from me as I was placing my baby into his carseat, I was terrified that someone was going to pull a gun and start shooting, but I had to pick my other son up from school so retreating into the house wasn't an option. Less than a week later there was a drug OD at that very same park, which happened just as the kids were getting out of school. I guess Newark is the same as it ever was...


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