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July 9, 2013 > Undercover police arrest attempted robbery suspects

Undercover police arrest attempted robbery suspects

Submitted By San Leandro PD

On Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 8:00 p.m., an undercover officer from the San Leandro Police Department's Crime Suppression Unit was in the area of Bancroft Ave. and Pala Ave., when he heard a woman scream. At that time, the undercover officer saw a suspect, later identified as a 17 year old Hispanic male from Oakland, whose name is being withheld due to his age, attempting to pull an Apple iPhone from a 28 year old female, dressed in athletic attire, as she grasped the phone and tried to pull away from the suspect.

The suspect, unsuccessful in stealing the iPhone, ran south on Bancroft Ave. towards Bancroft Middle School, appearing as if he were looking for someone. The undercover officer followed him and took the suspect into custody on Estudillo Ave., near the school.

Witnesses to the attempted robbery met with police and provided further information, linking the suspect to a dark-colored SUV that had been seen in the area, just after the robbery occurred. Other members of the Crime Suppression Unit located a black Ford Explorer parked in on San Jose Ave., near Estudillo Ave. (less than 1 block from where the primary suspect was arrested) with another 17 year old male from Oakland crouched down, hiding near the rear of the vehicle. As officers approached, the juvenile began to walk away and was stopped by police.

Officers were able to link the attempted robbery suspect, the second juvenile and the Ford Explorer together and arrested the second juvenile. A subsequent search of the Ford Explorer revealed a set of brass knuckles in an area accessible to both suspects. Both juveniles were arrested for attempted robbery and possession of the brass knuckles.

Lieutenant Robert McManus is very proud of the recent arrests made by members of the Department's Crime Suppression Unit. "We are very fortunate to have a dedicated team of undercover and uniformed officers serving our community. Without the quick action by members of the Crime Suppression Unit during this attempted robbery, it is likely that the suspects would have escaped, and committed other cell phone robberies in the San Leandro area."

On Tuesday, a Crime Suppression Unit officer witnessed an auto burglary being committed in the area of Bancroft Ave., near Joaquin Ave. That suspect was arrested without incident and booked into the San Leandro City Jail.

The San Leandro Police Department would like to remind people that cell phones, specifically iPhones and other smartphone devices like the Samsung Galaxy S4 continue to get stolen during street robberies. We encourage everyone to pay attention to their surroundings, and keep items such as cell phones and other valuables in their pockets. This will help reduce the chance of becoming a victim to this type of crime.

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