BERKELEY -- Police are looking for a suspect who used a handgun to rob the Mechanics Bank on Solano Avenue just after it opened Wednesday morning.

Berkeley police spokeswoman Jennifer Coats said the robbery occurred at 9:26 a.m. No injuries were reported and police are searching the neighborhood and talking to bank employees. Police were not sure if the man left in a car or fled on foot, Coats said.

The suspect is described as a black man, possibly in his late 30s, about 6 feet 6 inches tall, stocky, wearing a black watchman's cap and a dark sweatshirt and carrying a black backpack.

Coats said the man got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Doug Oakley covers Berkeley. Contact him at 510-843-1408. Follow him at Twitter.com/douglasoakley.



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