Pickpocket at Berkeley Starbucks

Cops outside the Starbucks at Oxford and Center, Berkeley
Cops outside the Starbucks at Oxford and Center, Berkeley (not for this incident).
Flickr photo by Mary Hodder

On Sunday afternoon, a friend was having coffee at the Starbucks at Center and Oxford Streets in Berkeley, with her jacket draped over her chair, when a pickpocket lifted her wallet from the jacket.

By the time she called her bank less than two hours later, the thief had already charged more than $1000 to one of her cards. She’s not liable for it, of course, but has to get new cards, new drivers license, etc.

I’ll be calling Starbucks’ regional office tomorrow to find out how common such incidents are. In the meantime, hold on to your stuff in high-traffic places like that.

1 Comment so far

  1. thiefhunter on June 2nd, 2008 @ 12:00 pm

    My guess is that it happens quite a lot, between once and week and once a day. I don’t know this specific location, but you have to add in the other, more common type of theft: from a bag/purse/handbag left available on a chair, on the back of a chair, or on the floor. It will be impossible to get a straight answer from management. Corporate policy won’t allow them to say, is my guess. And anyway, they don’t really know. Many thefts aren’t discovered until the victim is long gone, and then many victims chalk it up to "lost" property. They figure they left the wallet/phone/gizmo somewhere. This is only one reason statistics are so difficult. I write about this stuff at Thiefhunters in Paradise. Specifically, you can see tips at http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters/theft-thwarter-tips/ or read about the thieves themselves in the posts.

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