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Police: Teens arrested in connection with robberies in Danville, Dublin

Group also faces looting charge applicable during state of emergency

Four teenagers were arrested after police allege they held up a CVS pharmacy in Danville hours after committing a similar robbery in Dublin on Friday.

The arrestees, whose identities were not revealed, were booked into juvenile hall on suspicion of robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and looting, according to Danville Police Chief Allan Shields.

Looting is a specific charge that applies when someone enters a building to commit any theft during a declared state of emergency, such as the current COVID-19 crisis, according to Shields.

The Danville Police Department investigation began just before 5 p.m. Friday when dispatch received a call from an employee of the CVS store in the Sycamore Square Shopping Center on San Ramon Valley Boulevard.

The employee reported that two people entered the pharmacy, acted like they had a gun and demanded access to the narcotics safe, according to Shields. When workers said they didn't have access to the safe, the robbers fled.

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Meanwhile, Dublin Police Services had reported a similar incident two hours earlier and provided a description of their suspect vehicle to area police, according to Shields. Additional details about the Dublin incident have not yet been released.

A Contra Costa County sheriff's deputy spotted the car on northbound Interstate 680 near Treat Boulevard in Walnut Creek and conducted a traffic stop, according to Shields.

Two of the occupants were later identified by the victim as the culprits of the Danville robbery, and two were identified from the Dublin incident, Shields said. All four teenagers were arrested and later booked into custody at juvenile hall.

Shields credited the efforts of his officers and peers from Dublin and the sheriff's office for helping locate and detain their suspects quickly.

"This was an excellent example of how police work together to keep the community safe by capturing criminals," Shields said in a statement. "During this ongoing crisis our officers are busy, but rest assured we will continue to aggressively arrest and seek prosecution for those wishing to do harm in our town."

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Police: Teens arrested in connection with robberies in Danville, Dublin

Group also faces looting charge applicable during state of emergency

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Uploaded: Sat, Apr 18, 2020, 5:10 pm
Updated: Sun, Apr 19, 2020, 6:07 pm

Four teenagers were arrested after police allege they held up a CVS pharmacy in Danville hours after committing a similar robbery in Dublin on Friday.

The arrestees, whose identities were not revealed, were booked into juvenile hall on suspicion of robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and looting, according to Danville Police Chief Allan Shields.

Looting is a specific charge that applies when someone enters a building to commit any theft during a declared state of emergency, such as the current COVID-19 crisis, according to Shields.

The Danville Police Department investigation began just before 5 p.m. Friday when dispatch received a call from an employee of the CVS store in the Sycamore Square Shopping Center on San Ramon Valley Boulevard.

The employee reported that two people entered the pharmacy, acted like they had a gun and demanded access to the narcotics safe, according to Shields. When workers said they didn't have access to the safe, the robbers fled.

Meanwhile, Dublin Police Services had reported a similar incident two hours earlier and provided a description of their suspect vehicle to area police, according to Shields. Additional details about the Dublin incident have not yet been released.

A Contra Costa County sheriff's deputy spotted the car on northbound Interstate 680 near Treat Boulevard in Walnut Creek and conducted a traffic stop, according to Shields.

Two of the occupants were later identified by the victim as the culprits of the Danville robbery, and two were identified from the Dublin incident, Shields said. All four teenagers were arrested and later booked into custody at juvenile hall.

Shields credited the efforts of his officers and peers from Dublin and the sheriff's office for helping locate and detain their suspects quickly.

"This was an excellent example of how police work together to keep the community safe by capturing criminals," Shields said in a statement. "During this ongoing crisis our officers are busy, but rest assured we will continue to aggressively arrest and seek prosecution for those wishing to do harm in our town."

Comments

Lisa
Charlotte Wood Middle School
on Apr 18, 2020 at 6:25 pm
Lisa, Charlotte Wood Middle School
on Apr 18, 2020 at 6:25 pm

A sad story. Reminds me of something that happened with my own sons though, in Vancouver. My son goes to Charlotte Wood Middle School now, but in Vancouver where my husband lives with my eldest son, teenagers do what teenagers do and I know it's no excuse of robbery of any sort but extreme punishment does the opposite of teaching morals. If we want teenagers to stop stealing then they need to know why not stealing can benefit them in society. Creating positive relationships with people they don't want to steal from is the first step, but only if that person is not a criminal or an authority that put fears into them. That's my two cents anyways. Thanks for the news because I'm looking into this stuff for a paper.

Much respect,
Lisa Edler
Web Link


Marie
Danville
on Apr 18, 2020 at 9:11 pm
Marie, Danville
on Apr 18, 2020 at 9:11 pm

Where are the teens from? This story is so vague.


Malcolm Hex
San Ramon
on Apr 19, 2020 at 2:49 am
Malcolm Hex, San Ramon
on Apr 19, 2020 at 2:49 am

@ Lisa Elder

An authority that does not put fear into to them? Excuse me, that’s exactly what those four idiots need. You’re an excuse maker for criminal behavior. You also said, “I know it's no excuse of robbery of any sort but extreme punishment does the opposite of teaching morals. What the hell are you talking about?

Do you have any idea what the recidivism rate for parolees is in California? 65 PERCENT! Your buddy Gavin Newsom recently commuted the sentences of 21 state prison inmates, including more than a dozen convicted of murder or related crimes. The victims were children in two of the cases and a pregnant woman in a third.

You and Gavin Newsom would make a fine pair. Oh, I almost forgot, did you hear about the inmate in Florida that was released on “compassionate” grounds due to the Coronavirus? He was released from prison and committed murder. He's also charged with resisting an officer, being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of heroin, records show. So, what are you going to teach that guy? Morals?

You liberals are really something to behold.







The Dude
San Ramon
on Apr 19, 2020 at 1:24 pm
The Dude, San Ramon
on Apr 19, 2020 at 1:24 pm

Lisa, anyone who enters a pharmacy and pretends to have a gun while demanding narcotics from the safe needs a bit more than the hugs you want to give them. That's exactly what's wrong with our society.


Parent and Voter
Danville
on Apr 20, 2020 at 7:56 am
Parent and Voter, Danville
on Apr 20, 2020 at 7:56 am

I hope they have room to keep them locked up. Recently some other criminal was let go because of space issues tied into the Virus.
These are criminals, at any age.


Cyrus Vance
San Ramon
on Apr 20, 2020 at 9:02 am
Cyrus Vance, San Ramon
on Apr 20, 2020 at 9:02 am

Can’t tell if they gave the perps free rooms, meals, and face masks, or if they simply said “Bad Citizen-Don’t do that again” and sent them on their merry way to rob and pillage a little more..?


Art
San Ramon
on Apr 20, 2020 at 10:00 am
Art, San Ramon
on Apr 20, 2020 at 10:00 am

Lisa needs an intervention by a group of police investigators who handle juvenile crimes. She will aptly learn it is not what she perceives is needed to prevent juvenile crime.


Teen parent
Monte Vista High School
on Apr 20, 2020 at 1:16 pm
Teen parent, Monte Vista High School
on Apr 20, 2020 at 1:16 pm

If the teens were stealing candy bars or toilet paper, I'd be more inclined toward listening and lessons. These teens were trying to steal narcotics from a pharmacy. They are either drug addicts or drug dealers. They need more than a heart to heart discussion.


Malcolm Hex
San Ramon
on Apr 20, 2020 at 9:36 pm
Malcolm Hex, San Ramon
on Apr 20, 2020 at 9:36 pm

At Teen Parent

Those teens were not "stealing." They committed robbery (which is accomplished by force or fear); however, I understand what you were attempting to say.

Personally, I feel that anyone who commits a felony (violent crime) during a national emergency, should receive a standard sentence of no less than 20 years in state prison. Also, should a death occur in the commission of a violent crime during a national emergency, the convicted felon should receive a sentence of death.


Scott
Blackhawk
on Apr 21, 2020 at 7:26 am
Scott, Blackhawk
on Apr 21, 2020 at 7:26 am

Based on where they were pulled over, pretty sure they were headed back home to Concord, Pittsburgh/Bay Point, or Antioch. When are these morons going to learn that Danville is not the easiest place to commit crime and not get caught?


cathy247
Alamo
on Apr 21, 2020 at 8:58 am
cathy247, Alamo
on Apr 21, 2020 at 8:58 am

Malcolm said it all.


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