Watch your bling: OPD issues gold chain robbery alert
on August 18, 2011
The Oakland Police Department has issued a community alert regarding an increase in street robberies targeting people wearing gold chains. According to the OPD, most of the victims of the jewelry-snatchings have been women who were approached by someone on foot who pulled the chain from their neck and ran away.
Most of the robberies have been reported in the Lake Merritt residential area and in the retail neighborhood surrounding the Fruitvale BART station, although they have also been reported in other locations throughout the city. The OPD said that no consistent suspect description has been provided, other than that most of the thieves have been men in their teens or early twenties.
The OPD says it is working with BART authorities to increase patrols around BART stations, and that its Neighborhood Service Coordinators will be distributing warning information to community members. In the meantime, the department recommends that Oakland residents remain alert when walking to or from their vehicles, avoid distraction from cell phones or other electronics, and tuck gold jewelry under their clothing when outdoors.
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