OAKLAND -- Two boys, 15 and 16, and a 20-year-old man have been arrested for at least a half dozen and probably more armed street robberies in the last three weeks, police said Friday.
The names of the juveniles, who police said were best friends, were not released. The 16-year-old lives in Castro Valley and the 15-year-old in Oakland.
Police identified the adult as Michael I. Wilson, 20, of Oakland, who investigators believe is the ringleader. The three were arrested Wednesday night at a gas station on 35th Avenue by a group of Crime Reduction Team and problem solving officers supervised by Sgt. Roland Holmgren.
Two replica guns police said the suspects used in the robberies were found in a car belonging to Wilson as were items taken in some of the robberies, according to Officers Omar Daza-Quiroz and Hector Jimenez, the lead investigators. They believe the trio is responsible for numerous robberies going back to Aug. 20, with the most recent being Tuesday.
Men and women walking on the street or sitting on benches were confronted by two suspects while the third would stay in the car as a lookout. The suspects would brandish guns and rob the victims of wallets, purses, iPhones and iPads. None of the victims were hurt.
The robberies mostly took place on streets near Lake Merritt during night and early-morning hours. Other robberies they are believed responsible for happened on College Avenue and Shepherd Canyon Road.
The cases will be presented to prosecutors for charging. Wilson is being held at Santa Rita Jail and the two others at juvenile hall in San Leandro.