Law enforcement officials with the Berkeley Police Department reported the arrests of two men following three armed robberies. Reportedly, the arrests occurred on Feb. 6 following an alleged 10-hour armed robbery spree in the city.
According to reports, the two are suspected of committing armed robberies at an El Cerrito fast food restaurant and two Berkeley convenience stores. Following the third armed robbery, an officer reportedly saw the men driving a gold-colored van that had been reported by witnesses as the one in which the robbers had fled. The officer pulled the van over and arrested the pair.
Upon being arrested, both men allegedly confessed to committing all three armed robberies. One of the two men additionally confessed to having committed several armed robberies in Alameda County on Jan. 31. The men, a 25-year-old and a 57-year-old, were each charged with four counts of armed robbery for the Feb. 6 incidents. The 57-year-old was additionally on probation at the time and had two prior felony convictions for which he served time in prison. The 25-year-old reportedly has no history of felony convictions, but the prosecutor indicated he would be eligible for a prison sentence for the current charge.
A felony criminal conviction can bring consequences far beyond a prison sentence. Once a person has a felony on their record, they often have difficulty with finding housing and employment long after their sentence is completed. In the event a person has two prior felony convictions, he or she runs the risk of receiving a sentence of up to life in prison upon a third conviction in California due to the state's three strikes laws. Because of the high stakes involved, people who are charged with a felony offense often find it to be of benefit to seek the help of a criminal defense attorney.
Source: Berkeleyside, "Pair arrested in Berkeley after armed robbery spree," Emille Raguso, Feb. 10, 2015