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March 10, 2010 > String of robberies hit Fremont and Newark

String of robberies hit Fremont and Newark

By Meenu Gupta

Five robberies occurred within an hour of each other, all with the same suspects and suspect vehicle in City of Fremont and Newark on Tuesday, March 2.

According to Sergeant Jeff Swadener, Fremont Police Department, the first robbery took place at 8:59 p.m. at the 7-Eleven store on Washington Boulevard near Ellsworth St. in Mission San Jose, when two men with handguns held up the clerk. "Both subjects were dressed in the dark hoodies," Sergeant Swadener told TCV.

At 9:26 p.m. two gunmen robbed C&C Liquors store on Sumter Avenue before fleeing in a white Dodge Minivan. Two gunmen wearing dark clothing, but no ski masks, went into the Fast& Easy Mart on Ardenwood Blvd. and robbed the clerk with a gun. A white Dodge minivan was seen leaving minutes after the robbery. The suspects and minivan are the same as described in several robberies that same night in the Tri-City area and in the prior week.

Between the C&C robbery and the Fast and Easy robbery the suspects went to Newark and robbed two more businesses prior to hitting Ardenwood. According to Bob Douglas, Administrative Commander, Newark Police Department robbery occurred on the same day, Tuesday, March 2 at 8:56 p.m. at the "In & Out Liquors" located at 36800 Cedar Blvd., east end of the Home Depot Shopping Center. Suspects entered the store covered their faces by drawing the hoods around their head exposing only eyes, nose and mouth. One suspect was known to be armed with a handgun. He demanded cash from clerk while brandishing the weapon. Suspects stole an unknown amount of cash and fled from the store.

Witnesses saw the suspects running north (paralleling Thornton Ave.) through the lot into a nearby condominium complex. Suspects are believed to have driven off in a white minivan. The clerk is uninjured, no shots fired and an area search for the suspects met with negative results. The first suspect is described as light skinned Hispanic or White male, 5'-10"/5-11" tall, wearing all black clothing, "Dickies" brand work pants and armed with handgun. The second suspect is also described as light skinned Hispanic or White male, 5'-10"/5-11" tall, wearing Grey sweatshirt and "Dickies" brand work pants.

Any witnesses to the event are encouraged to contact Detective Sergeant Dave Parks at (510) 578-4247 or call the "Silent Witness Hotline" to leave the information anonymously at (510) 578-4000 ext. 500.

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