Monday, January 21, 2008

Good Catch

By Anneli Rufus
Mon, Jan 21, 2008 at 6:30 PM

The Berkeley police have nabbed a thieving trio.

On January 4, around 3:40 a.m., officers responded to a call about a robbery in progress at the Doubletree Hotel at the Berkeley Marina. When they arrived, hotel staff guided them to a room in which 39-year-old Robert Farmer of El Sobrante was "hiding in the bathroom with a loaded .357 magnum pistol in his pocket," reads the BPD press release. "Farmer resisted violently as four police officers attempted to restrain him. During the struggle, a woman accomplice identified as Jenna Marie Mercure, 35, of Martinez, repeatedly jumped on officers' backs and attempted to yank an officer's gun from the holster."

You know — there's standing by your man, and then there's just life-threateningly ridiculous.

Farmer was arrested. He had a $150,000 warrant "stemming from a Pleasant Hill jewelry store robbery," reads the release, "during which Farmer punched the clerk, then stomped on her head and wrist causing serious injuries."

The cops realized that Farmer and Mercure matched the descriptions of robbers who held up the Red Bird boutique near the Claremont Hotel on January 2 — and indeed they were the perps. At Red Bird, reads the release, Farmer pulled a pistol from a holster, ordered a clerk to fill a bag with jewelry, then took more jewelry from elsewhere in the store.

Farmer's younger brother, 29-year-old Patrick Farmer, was arrested in Richmond on January 8, and confessed to taking part in the Red Bird robbery as well.

After the criminals confessed and led officers to locations in Richmond and El Cerrito where they had sold the stolen goods, more than $100,000 worth of jewelry was recovered and returned to its rightful owners and the businesses from which it had been taken.


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