Teens allegedly go on mug-fest

After stealing a car Thursday, four teenagers allegedly went on a six-hour mugging spree, but were arrested after a car chase across the Bay Bridge.

The boys, who range in age from 15 to 17 years old, allegedly carjacked a two-door Honda in the Alemany Housing Development at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday, San Francisco police Inspector Robert Lee, of the department’s Robbery Division, said Monday.

Following that, Lee said, they allegedly embarked on a six-hour robbery spree, using a pistol to intimidate at least five other victims into giving up their money and valuables. The group would drive up to people waiting for the bus or walking, jump out, brandish the gun, then drive off with purses, wallets and backpacks, Lee said.

Police caught up with the suspects at Silver and Palou avenues, foiling a final robbery, Lee said. The previous victim, who was robbed at 4:40 a.m. at Silver and San Bruno avenues, called police immediately and the alleged robbers were still in the area when officers arrived.

“Right after that robbery, one of the Bayview [police] units saw the car attempting what we believe is another armed robbery at Silver and Palou,” Lee said. “They saw him [the officer] coming up the street and they jumped in the car and started fleeing.”

But just after they got to the eastern side of the bridge, the driver of the car lost control and crashed, Lee said. Police found stolen electronics, jewelry, cash and a loaded .40-caliber pistol on the boys.

Lee said the victims’ age, race or gender did not appear to be a factor in their targeting. Rather, he said, the victims were alone, walking or waiting for the bus, in sparsely populated areas.

“The people that were robbed were easy victims,” he said.

None of the victims were hurt, but one of the suspects suffered a minor injury during the crash. He was treated and released back into police custody, Lee said.

“We didn’t have this series put together until the chase was broadcast and [other officers] started recognizing the description,” Lee said.

He said the other victims waited as long as an hour before reporting the crimes, and that some reported them to different police stations. “That early in the morning, [the information] is not necessarily collated together to make a series,” Lee said.

The four boys face multiple counts of robbery and related charges, police reported.

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