3 Teens Arrested for San Diego County Armed Robberies – NBC 7

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San Diego police have arrested three teenagers in connection with a string of armed robberies involving at least 17 convenience stores across the county within a week. The suspects, two 16-year-olds and a 14-year-old, were apprehended during a traffic stop and three firearms were seized, including an unserialized ghost gun. The teens, linked to at least six of the robberies, were booked into Juvenile Hall as investigations into the series of robberies continue.


San Diego Armed Robbery: Teenagers Arrested

Three teenagers have been arrested by San Diego Police in relation to a week-long spate of armed robberies across 17 convenience stores in San Diego County, it was announced Sunday.

The arrests followed a traffic stop on December 15, which led to two 16-year-olds and a 14-year-old, implicated in at least six robberies in San Diego City, according to SDPD Lt. Adam Sharki.

One of the arrested suspects was also connected to another recent chain of robberies involving a delivery driver. During the traffic stop, police seized three firearms, including an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and an unserialized ghost gun.

The juvenile suspects, their identities protected due to their age, were all booked into Juvenile Hall. Investigations into the robberies continue in collaboration with other law enforcement agencies.

Details of Recent San Diego Robberies

Last Wednesday night, two armed robberies added to a growing trend of similar crimes that totalled 17 in just one week. The first robbery report came from Excalibur Liquor in La Mesa at 5575 Baltimore Dr. around 9:15 p.m. Five masked suspects, one armed and another wearing a red jacket, fled southbound on Baltimore Drive after taking money from the register.

Shortly after, five men, two armed, broke into Tradewinds Liquor store in Oak Park, robbing cash and a bottle of liquor.

Armed Robbery Spree Across San Diego County

This crime wave, spanning from Bonsall in North County to Barrio Logan in San Diego, is under thorough investigation by local law enforcement, including the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, and San Diego Police. Over the previous six weeks, several armed “take-over style” robberies have been reported across the county.

Police believe at least 10 of these incidents are linked to the same group. No shots have been fired in any of the robberies, and the suspects, described as young men possibly aged between 19-25, are seen entering stores in groups, brandishing guns and demanding money and products.

The crime locations and times are listed below:

Saturday, Dec. 9

  • Golden Hill: 2700 block of B Street around 10:53 p.m.
  • Serra Mesa: 2600 block of Mission Village Drive around 11:37 p.m.
  • Kearny Mesa: 8600 block of Aero Drive around 11:55 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 10

  • Kearny Mesa: 8800 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. around 12:02 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 12

  • Bonsall: 5555 Mission Rd around 9:44 p.m.
  • Grant Hill: 30th & Market around 11:28 p.m.
  • Barrio Logan: 1145 S. 28th St. around 11:54 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 13

  • La Mesa: 5575 Baltimore Dr. around 9:15 p.m.
  • Oak Park: 3111 54th St. around 9:28 p.m.

Additionally, several home burglaries have also been reported over recent months. These are under investigation by San Diego police but it is unclear if these are connected.

Public assistance in identifying suspects is sought. Anyone with information should contact the Robbery Unit at (619) 531-2299 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.


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