Three men who allegedly conducted armed robberies at several Bay Area fast food and convenience stores over a six-month span were arrested five weeks ago, Fremont police said today. Among the businesses that the men allegedly robbed between March and August were various Pizza Hut, McDonald’s, Jack in the Box restaurants and 7-Eleven convenience stores, police said.
All of the cases had a similar pattern in which masked suspects would enter a store, point handguns at employees and take their wallets, police said. The suspects also tried to get into the business’s safe and ordered staffers into an adjacent room or a large freezer while they robbed the business, according to police. No one was injured during any of the robberies, police said. On the evening of Aug. 24, police were dispatched to an armed robbery at the McDonald’s on the 4300 block of Thornton Avenue in Fremont that police said had the same pattern as the prior robberies.
Patrol officers developed investigative leads and arrested the three men in the early morning hours of Aug. 25 at homes in Hayward and Union City, police said. The gun believed to have been used in the robberies was found during a search warrant that was served after the arrests, police said. On Aug. 27 the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office charged all three suspects with multiple counts of robbery, kidnapping during the commission of a robbery and robbery with the use of a firearm.
All three men are in custody without bail at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin and are scheduled to return to court for a pretrial hearing on Oct. 22. Police identified the suspects as Wahidullah Noor, 21, of Fremont, Anthony Galang, 19, of Hayward and Silivelio Fanualelei, 22, of Union City.
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