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* Oakland Police Make Arrests In Multiple Armed Robberies

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Oakland police say they have arrested half a dozen suspects in connection with armed street robberies in the past few days, some of who may be connected to multiple robberies. On Sept. 5, police were conducting surveillance of known robbery “hot spots” and spotted three individuals matching descriptions from armed robberies dating back to Aug. 20, Officer Johnna Watson said. The three were detained on the 3200 block of 35th Avenue without incident, and police recovered two replica firearms and items taken in previous robberies.

Police arrested a 20-year-old Oakland man, a 16-year-old Castro Valley boy and a 15-year-old Oakland boy. “Although the investigation continues and the suspects have yet to be charged, we believe these arrests may clear a significant number of recently reported robberies,” Watson said in a statement. On Friday around 10:40 p.m., police responded to a reported robbery near 40th Street and Broadway. The victims, two Oakland residents, were robbed at gunpoint and may have been targeted for their smart phones. Investigators detained a vehicle and three occupants matching the victims’ descriptions, and the victims’ belongings and a loaded gun were recovered, Watson said. Two adult men and an adult woman, all Oakland residents, were arrested.

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