Police have arrested three of four teens suspected of committing a series of strong-arm robberies in Clayton over the past few weeks, a police spokesman said today. One suspect, a member of the Clayton Valley High School football team, was arrested Tuesday night after football practice, Clayton Police Chief Dan Lawrence said. Another was arrested Wednesday and a third on Thursday. Two suspects, ages 16 and 17, have been charged. Police are continuing to collect evidence on the fourth suspect.
All four suspects are Clayton residents, and two of the four are on the high school football team, Lawrence said. The first robbery was reported on June 30 in the pedestrian tunnel under Clayton Road, Lawrence said. Others were reported on July 9 and 10, and two more were reported Tuesday. In all five robberies, the suspects appeared to be driving around looking for young boys walking alone and listening to iPods or talking on cell phones. The suspects would drive past the victim, get out of the car and walk past the victim, then turn around and push the victim onto the ground, Lawrence said. The victims were all boys between 12 and 14 years old. None were seriously injured. On Tuesday, a resident called the police station and helped
identify one of the suspects and the vehicle license plate, according to Lawrence. Police arrested the suspect and allegedly found all but one of the stolen electronic devices stashed in a backpack, which was also stolen, at the suspect’s house. Police were then able to identify three other suspects involved in the robberies, Lawrence said.