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A San Pablo man has been arrested in Missouri for the Jan. 16 robbery of a bank on Solano Avenue in Berkeley, police announced today. James Craig Davis, 33, was arrested during a traffic stop in Platte County, Missouri, on Jan. 22, which was the same day that Berkeley detectives obtained an arrest warrant and entered his name into state and national databases.
Berkeley police didn’t say why they waited more than two weeks before announcing the arrest of Davis. The Mechanics Bank at 1801 Solano Ave. was robbed at gunpoint at about 9:25 a.m. on Jan. 16, and the suspect fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said. Berkeley police robbery detectives obtained bank security photos of the suspect and distributed them to law enforcement agencies in the area.
Within a day, a Marin County deputy sheriff notified Berkeley detectives that he recognized the suspect, police said. Detectives continued their investigation and ultimately identified Davis as the suspect, according to police. On Jan. 22, a deputy sheriff in Platte County, Missouri, contacted Davis during a traffic stop, determined that he was wanted for the bank robbery in Berkeley and took him into custody without incident, police said. Davis has since been extradited to Alameda County to face the robbery charge against him, according to police.
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