Trio of Teens Apprehended in Relation to San Diego Convenience Store Robberies

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In a significant development, the San Diego Police announced the arrest of three teenagers in connection with a series of armed robberies that targeted local convenience stores across San Diego. The arrests took place on December 15 during a routine traffic stop, revealing a connection to an ongoing investigation.

The apprehended individuals include two 16-year-old males and a 14-year-old male. According to the San Diego Police, these suspects are linked to at least six cases within the City of San Diego, with one of them wanted in connection to a string of delivery driver robberies.

During the traffic stop, law enforcement officers discovered and seized three firearms, among them an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle. Notably, at least one of the recovered firearms was identified as a ghost gun, raising concerns about untraceable weapons in the hands of young offenders.

All three suspects have been booked into Juvenile Hall, and their identities are being withheld due to their status as minors. The arrests shed light on a disturbing pattern of criminal activity, as the suspects primarily targeted convenience stores during the later evening hours. Descriptions provided by witnesses depict the assailants as young males donning hoodies and masks.

The modus operandi of the suspects involved entering the targeted businesses in groups of one to four, brandishing firearms at clerks, and coercing them to hand over both money and store items. In some instances, the criminals reportedly absconded with entire cash drawers and registers, indicating a brazen approach to their crimes.

Despite the gravity of the offenses, the San Diego Police confirmed that no injuries have been reported thus far. However, the potential for violence remains high given the nature of the crimes committed. The incidents occurred in various neighborhoods, highlighting the wide geographic scope of the criminal activities:

  1. Bonsall: 5555 Mission Rd. around 9:44 p.m.
  2. Deer Springs: 26915 Mesa Rock Rd. around 10:18 p.m.
  3. Grant Hill: 30th & Market around 11:28 p.m.
  4. Mira Mesa: 11205 Camino Ruiz around 11:39 p.m.
  5. Barrio Logan: 1145 S. 28th St. around 11:54 p.m.
  6. Lake Murray: 8780 Lake Murray Blvd. around 12:08 a.m.
  7. Santee: 9600 Carlton Hills Blvd. around 12:17 a.m.
  8. La Mesa: 4200 Spring St. around 12:22 a.m.
  9. Spring Valley: 9700 Campo Rd. around 12:27 a.m.
  10. Spring Valley: 481 Sweetwater Rd. around 12:34 a.m.
  11. Lakeside: 10100 Maine Ave. around 12:47 a.m.

The police are urging anyone with information related to these incidents to come forward. Individuals can contact the Robbery Unit directly or choose to remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. This collaborative effort between law enforcement and the community is crucial in ensuring the swift resolution of these cases and the safety of residents.

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