EL CERRITO -- Two robberies reported less than 25 minutes and three miles apart Wednesday wound up with a pair of would-be thieves in custody, police said Friday.
The first incident was reported at 2:16 p.m., when a juvenile said a man grabbed his cell phone while the boy walked near the Del Norte BART, police said in a news release. Officers found a man, later identified as San Pablo resident Deuntre Montgomery, 20, hiding in the backyard of a residence on Cutting Boulevard and found the cell phone.
In the second, unrelated incident, a loss-prevention employee at a Safeway in the 11400 block of San Pablo Avenue saw a man trying to shoplift something from the store, police said. When confronted, the man tried to stab the employee, police said, and then hit the employee with a hair brush.
Officers arrived shortly thereafter and arrested Victavis Georges, a 20-year-old transient. Both men have been charged with robbery, police said, and are being held at the West County Detention Facility in Richmond on $50,000 bail.