Seven reputed members or associates of an East Bay gang have been indicted on charges that they engaged in an armed robbery spree at Rite Aid, Safeway and Walmart stores in the Bay Area and Sacramento. The 21-count indictment, issued by a federal grand jury in Oakland earlier this week, alleges that the suspects are members of the “Landry Crew” enterprise, which is based in Oakland and affiliated with the larger “Money Team” gang that also operates in and around Oakland.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office, which is prosecuting the case, says the Landry Crew’s members operate in the East Bay, the North Bay, the Peninsula, Fairfield and Sacramento. The indictment says the crew’s members are social media users and have broadcast and “boasted” about their criminal activities on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
According to the indictment, crew members of the crew took pictures of themselves after their crimes, in some cases “literally rolling around in large amounts of cash” and stolen items. They also documented themselves on spending sprees, sometimes at luxury stores, with the proceeds from their robberies, prosecutors say. The group’s alleged crimes began in 2012 or before and continued into 2013, prosecutors said. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says the crew’s ringleader is Melvin Landry Jr., 22, of Oakland, who is known as “New Hefner.”
The indictment alleges that after he was arrested, Landry offered cash and goods to FBI agents if they would let him escape. According to the indictment, crew members engaged in numerous armed robberies of Rite Aid, Safeway and Walmart stores in which they brandished firearms and stole cash, checks, and merchandise while the store was full of customers. Prosecutors also allege that crew members engaged in armed home- invasion, robberies, credit card fraud, identity theft and obstruction of justice and that much of the stolen merchandise was sold to third parties or “fences.”
The indictment says the group uses female accomplices who transported group members to the scene of crimes, held and concealed evidence, stole credit cards and identities and rented or stole vehicles in which to commit crimes.
The other suspects who were indicted were Dominique Martin, 23, of Oakland, known as “Domo,” Rudolpho James, 20, of Vallejo, known as Youngnrichdolpho, Eric Carlisle, 24 of Berkeley, known as “Pimpinassero,” Veante Williams, 22 of Oakland, Desier Williams, 20, of Oakland, and 23-year-old Reina Rodriguez of Vallejo.
The charges against the seven suspects include racketeering, conspiracy to commit robbery, robbery, use of a firearm, money laundering, attempting to bribe a federal official and obstruction of justice. The reputed gang members and associates could face lengthy prison terms and large fines if they’re convicted of the charges against them.
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