Oakland teens arrested in series of shotgun robberies

San Francisco police have arrested two Oakland teenagers in connection with a rapid-fire series of armed robberies earlier this month in the Sunset District and Forest Knolls neighborhood.

The robberies occurred in the space of less than an hour on March 8, starting around 6:30 a.m.

A male victim was walking near Eighth Avenue and Noriega Street when a male got out of a vehicle, pointed a shotgun at him and demanded his wallet and phone. The same thing occurred again, just minutes later at Ninth Avenue and Lawton Street.

In a third incident, at 7:11 a.m., a suspect again confronted a female victim walking in the 400 block of Warren Drive with a shotgun. When the woman told him she didn’t have anything for him, he jumped back in his vehicle and fled the scene, and she was able to take a picture of the vehicle as it drove away.

Police located a white Ford Explorer believed to have been used in the crimes in Pittsburg on March 12, and found property belonging to one of the victims inside.

The discovery led investigators to serve search warrants at the homes of two 17-year-old boys on March 26, during which they found firearms including a shotgun.

The boys were arrested on suspicion of robbery, attempted robbery, assault with a firearm and felony firearm enhancement. Their identities will not be released by police due to their ages.

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