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* Three Antioch teens suspected in a series of Contra Costa County convenience store robberies arrested

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Three Antioch teens suspected in a series of Contra Costa County convenience store robberies over the past two months were arrested Wednesday after a 7-Eleven in Concord was robbed early that morning, Concord police said. At 1:41 a.m., officers received a report of an armed robbery at the 7-Eleven store in the 1600 block of Monument Boulevard.

The three suspects involved ran from the store, firing a handgun as they fled, police said. No one was injured in the robbery, and the suspects drove off in a red Honda sedan.Officers spotted the Honda several blocks away, and the driver accelerated away from them, leading police on a pursuit along northbound Market Street toward an on-ramp to state Highway 242.

At the on-ramp, an officer stopped the vehicle with a “precision intervention technique” maneuver, police said. The three suspects exited the car and ran, and an officer fired one round at the escaping suspects.No one was hit by the bullet, police said.The three were taken into custody near the Concord Avenue on-ramp to Highway 242, police said.

One was determined to be 16 years old, and the other two are 17, and all live in Antioch, according to police.The suspects’ names have not been released because they are juveniles.An ad hoc robbery task force had been formed in response to the robberies, and consists of police from Concord, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek, San Ramon, Antioch and Brentwood — all cities where similar convenience store robberies had occurred over the past two months. They are now working to connect the various robberies to the juvenile suspects.

Search warrants were served Wednesday afternoon in the 300 block of Water Street in Bay Point, as well as in the 3500 block of Markley Creek Drive, the 4100 block of Castle Canyon Court, and the 4500 block of Deer Meadow Way, all in Antioch, as part of the investigation.

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