APD Warns Public to Be Alert When Leaving Alameda Banks

APD Warns Public to Be Alert When Leaving Alameda Banks

The Alameda Police Department (APD) is advising the public to be aware of their surroundings after leaving Alameda banks. APD has received multiple reports of victims being followed home from banks and robbed.

APD sent out the advisory to the public via their Facebook page after the latest victim was robbed after arriving at her home from the bank on June 18. 

Alameda resident Astrid Lee made a deposit at the Chase Bank at South Shore Center and headed home. She arrived at her home on the 1700 block of Kofman Parkway around 4 p.m. 

Lee told investigators that she noticed two men exit their vehicle right after she exited her vehicle but did not think anything of it. Lee entered her garage but did not close the garage door. Once Lee was inside her garage the two men approached her and pushed her to the ground.

According to police reports, one suspect grabbed her cell phone, while the other took her purse. The suspects rushed to their vehicle with Lee’s belongings and sped off. Lee was unable to get the vehicle’s license plate. 
No arrests have been made from this incident. APD believes the robbers followed her home.
APD said there have been reports of similar robberies in recent weeks. The series of robberies are being investigated by APD’s Violent Crimes Unit (VCU). 

APD provided the community with tips to reduce the risk of being victimized and what to do if you are involved in a robbery:

• Stay alert and in tune with your surroundings.
• Avoid walking alone during late-night hours.
• Keep entry points to homes or businesses illuminated.
• Utilize well-lit and heavily traveled paths at night.
• If you feel you are being followed, call APD immediately and drive to the police station.
• When walking in the street, walk facing traffic. A person walking with traffic can be followed, forced into a car, and/or attacked easier than a person walking against traffic.
• If you become a victim of a robbery, do not resist. Give up your property, not your safety or your life.
• Write down any information you can recall about the suspect’s description, vehicle, or direction of flight. Do not compare notes about suspect or vehicle description with other witnesses.
• Immediately call the police after a robbery occurs, you may be instructed to stay on the phone with a dispatcher until officers arrive at the scene.
• If applicable, ask any witnesses to remain at the scene to speak with an officer. If they must leave, obtain their name, address, and phone number so the officer can conduct a follow-up interview.
• Retreat into your home or business and secure all doors and windows until the officers arrive on the scene.

If you have information on Lee’s robbery or any similar robbery, contact APD at 337-8340.