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San Leandro Police Department
Friday February 8th, 2019 :: 02:29 p.m. PST

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San Leandro Police detectives arrest four juveniles for a series of armed ATM robberies throughout the Bay Area

San Leandro Police detectives arrested four male juveniles responsible for committing several armed robberies mostly at ATM machines throughout the Bay Area. The series began in early January with the first robbery occurring in downtown Oakland. By the end of the month, the suspects are believed to have committed 19 robberies, four of them in the city of San Leandro.
 
SLPD Detectives began aggressively investigating these cases, attempting to locate any evidence that would lead to the suspects' identities. Detectives conducted hours of surveillance and suppression details hoping to intercept a crime in progress.
 
It wasn't until early this week when detectives explored a small piece of evidence that evolved into several of leads. Detectives began investigating addresses which eventually led to the discovery of a vehicle used in several of the crimes.
 
On Wednesday evening, a team of detectives and patrol officers, including a K-9 unit and aerial support from an outside agency began a large scale surveillance operation on the suspect vehicle.
 
Detectives followed as four suspects drove in the vehicle to communities in East Contra Costa County. The suspects at one point drove into a neighborhood and stole a license plate off of a parked vehicle and affixed that stolen plate to their vehicle.
 
The suspects then drove to several banks and began casing ATM machines. All while police detectives were within distance to intervene and arrest if any of the suspects exited their vehicle.
 
The suspects continued for hours casing several banks in East Contra Costa County before returning to Alameda County. The suspects cased banks in Livermore and Dublin and eventually returned to the East Bay.
 
By 10:30 p.m., the suspects had returned to San Leandro without committing any new robberies and stopped at a gas station at the intersection of San Leandro Blvd and Davis Street. With several detectives in the area, a team of officers converged on the suspect vehicle with the intent to arrest the suspects for their crimes. 
 
As police approached the vehicle, one of the passengers exited the vehicle and began to run. Officers gave chase as the suspect produced a handgun from his clothing and discarded the weapon in the street. Officers were able to reach the fleeing suspect and detain him without further incident.
 
A second suspect in the vehicle attempted to fight with police, however, was eventually detained with little force. The driver of the vehicle was detained without incident and a second firearm was found in the vehicle.
 
A fourth suspect, who had been riding in the vehicle earlier in the evening was later arrested at his home in Hayward.
 
All four suspects arrested are juveniles, ages 16 and 17. The suspects are cooperating with the investigation and have confessed to many of the robberies.
 
"Our team conducted a phenomenal investigation, looking at every piece of evidence for the smallest lead," said San Leandro Police Lieutenant Isaac Benabou. "These are violent crimes with the potential of someone getting very seriously hurt or killed. We were shocked to find that these crimes were orchestrated by juveniles."
 
In one San Leandro robbery, a male victim was robbed at gunpoint for his cash and other valuables, and his vehicle was stolen as well by the suspects. The victim's vehicle was found a short time later abandoned after a collision.
 
All four Juveniles are in custody at Alameda County's Juvenile Hall and will be investigated by other law enforcement agencies with similar crimes in their jurisdiction.

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San Leandro Police Department
901 E 14th St
San Leandro, CA 94577

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