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Benicia Police Department
Wednesday March 9th, 2011 :: 10:47 a.m. PST

Advisory

Benicia Police have arrested a Concord man who robbed a Fairfield man of his iPhone after a prearranged meeting.

Benicia Police have identified and arrested a Concord man who robbed a Fairfield man of his iPhone after a prearranged meeting in Benicia Monday night. The Fairfield victim had posted his phone for sale on Craig's List and was meeting the suspect, who had expressed an interest in buying the phone.

Thirty-four (34) year old Michael Derryberry was arrested by Benicia Police Tuesday about 2:30 Tuesday afternoon near his Concord home. Derryberry is on felony probation for a burglary conviction in Contra Costa County. Derryberry was booked into the Solano County Jail in Fairfield on one count of robbery and for probation violation.

The incident began about 6:30 pm Monday night when the 20 year old Fairfield resident reported that he had been robbed of his cell phone at a local gas station in Benicia. The victim told officers that after handing his phone to the suspect so the suspect could inspect it, the suspect pushed the victim away and drove off in the suspect's vehicle. The victim, while reaching for his phone as the suspect was about to depart, was knocked to the ground by the suspect's vehicle and sustained minor scrapes to his knees.

The victim was able to provide vehicle and other information that led to the identity of Derryberry. Derryberry was contacted by Benicia Police Officers Mark Menesini and Bill Febel as he left his Concord home Tuesday afternoon and was taken into custody without incident. Concord Police Officers also assisted in the arrest. A probation search of Derryberry's home did not find the phone.

"Unfortunately, many times what appears to be a simple personal sale of an item listed on the internet turns into a situation where the seller or buyer is victimized, " Benicia Police Lt. Mike Daley said. "In this case, the victim made the appropriate decision to meet in a public place but his item was stolen. In addition to meeting in a public place, citizens should also bring a second or third person who can either act as a witness or perhaps dissuade the suspect from continuing to commit a pre-designed theft."

Address/Location
Benicia Police Department
200 East L Street
Benicia, CA 94510

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 707-745-3411

Lt. Michael Daley
Police Department
mdaley@ci.benicia.ca.us
707-746-4259

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