Photo: Heinz Avenue and Ninth Street
BERKELEY — Some bad guys never seem to know when to quit or retire. Despite his advancing age, one such probationer in his sixties stays active by getting arrested for robberies and burglaries.
Oakland resident, Edward Clark, 60, was arrested again on January 9th for another robbery and burglary. His latest arrest in Berkeley happened at about 4 p.m., not long after police received multiple calls about an armed man.
The callers reported seeing an armed man walking around Heinz Avenue and Ninth Street—near a supermarket and a school. Responding officers quickly learned a robbery had occurred about two blocks away.
On the 2900 block of San Pablo Avenue, a man had just robbed a laptop computer from someone inside a business. Though apparently, the robber used a fake gun to convince the victim to surrender their computer.
Witnesses followed the suspect and provided information to the police. Officers set up a perimeter surrounding a West Berkeley neighborhood to catch him.
Clark was arrested at a nearby apartment complex, where police found him hiding. He was taken into custody on the 2800 block of Eighth Street. The stolen laptop computer and a fake gun were recovered.
Clark is back at Santa Rita Jail once more, where he remains in custody in lieu of $150,000 bond. He is a familiar face there. Clark was previously arrested five times for burglaries, and two previous times for robberies.
His latest charges are first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary. In addition, Clark’s most recent arrest puts his probationary status from his last conviction in jeopardy. His next scheduled court appearance is January 14th.