Photo: Edwin Herold
BERKELEY — Some might say 60-year-old Edwin L. Herold of Oakland is a banking specialist. Herold’s arrest last month is not the first time that Herold has been incarcerated for robbing the same bank.
Last month, Herold was arrested again for allegedly robbing Mechanics Bank branches in Berkeley and Oakland. Incidentally, he was convicted of robbing the same bank in downtown Berkeley in 2010 and sentenced to 2 years in state prison.
Herold is accused of robbing the Mechanics Bank at 2301 Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley—again on October 12. He allegedly handed a note to a teller demanding money and walked away with $2,500.
At Lake Merritt Plaza on November 16, Herold allegedly robbed the Mechanics Bank, located at 1999 Harrison Street in Oakland. He was also arrested for robbing the same bank in 2012, but not convicted.
Detectives examined security camera recordings of the most recent robberies at Mechanics Bank. Herold was identified as a suspect and authorities were on the lookout for him.
On November 20, Herold was spotted walking in downtown Berkeley. He was taken into custody by Berkeley officers at 3:15 p.m., near People’s Park at Telegraph Avenue and Dwight Way.
Herold remains in custody at Santa Rita Jail in lieu of $255,000 bond, pending a court hearing on January 5. He is charged with committing second-degree robberies.
Furthermore, Herold has prior arrests and convictions for robberies, burglaries, and thefts. For these offenses, he was sentenced to county jail and probation.
In May 2015, Herold was arrested by Oakland police for attempting to escape from custody.