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Oakland's Rockridge District hit by crime wave

From The Rockridge News

For some reason this is suddenly happening in an area of Oakland better known for good food, not bad crime.

by Janet Somers Rockridge, North Oakland and the city as whole are in the midst of a robbery wave, according to North
Oakland police commander Lt. Lawrence Green. Green said that as of mid-November (the last date for which
statistics were available) year-to-date robberies were up 31% in North Oakland and 27% in Oakland. (He said
overall crime was down 77% here and 2% in the city, with a reduction in car break-ins accounting for much of the decline.)
In Rockridge, there were 11 street and inhabited-home robberies during the first two weeks of November, up from only one incident during the last two weeks of October, according to crime reports available on Green’s public website,
www.northoaklandpolice.com.

Recent incidents have included armed and strongarmed robberies of pedestrians on College Avenue and side streets including Taft Avenue and 62nd Street, some before dark; a patron at an ATM machine who was robbed at gunpoint; a BART patron who was asked to hand over her wallet at 9 a.m. in the BART parking lot; and a home invasion robbery on Ayala Street in which two masked assailants entered a home through an unlocked front door and accosted its elderly resident, one holding him down on the ground while the other ransacked the house (he escaped through a window and sustained only minor injuries).
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