By Tim Ryan

BERKELEY (KCBS) — Police from Berkeley, Oakland and Bay Area Rapid Transit have combined efforts to combat a spike in the number of armed robberies, auto thefts and carjackings in the neighborhood that straddles the North Oakland-South Berkeley border near the Ashby BART station.

A substantial increase in carjackings, car thefts and armed robberies in the neighborhood surrounding the Ashby BART station over the last few weeks has police advising residents to be alert and refrain from using mobile devices on the street.

“We are sharing information to determine any possible connections and are following leads as they develop,” Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats told the Berkeleyside website.

Police said that the suspects steal cars to use for committing crimes, discard them and then repeat the process all over again.

One of the most recent victims was a pregnant woman who was held up at gunpoint earlier on Monday she was walking near her home on Monday morning.

Three similar robberies took place last week on Wednesday Dec. 4.

Berkeley Police believe the robberies may be related, based on the similar descriptions of the suspects,

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