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Pleasanton Police Take 2 in Custody After Brutal Mall Robbery

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    Pleasanton Police Take 2 in Custody After Brutal Mall Robbery
    Pleasanton PD

    Pleasanton police said Tuesday morning they have two 17-year-old suspects in custody after shoppers were targeted in a pair of brutal robberies at Stoneridge Mall.

    Lt. Kurt Schlehuber did not release their names, but said the teens were arrested Monday about 5 p.m. by Oakland police at an unknown location. Police are still seeking a third suspect.

    Schlehuber said they were led to the suspects after video at the mall showed the suspects leaving in a Honda Pilot, which was seen an hour later at the Bayfair Mall BART station in San Leandro. That's also where the same suspects were seen taking off in a silver Mercedes, he said, which then appeared back at Stoneridge Mall on Sunday afternoon.

    That's when the first robbery was reported at Stoneridge Mall. Police say three men robbed a 63-year-old woman at gunpoint then kicked her when she fell down.

    "As the female was falling to the ground she reported seeing a shotgun or assault rifle pointed at her," Pleasanton police Detective Jonathan Chin said.

    Officers say the men headed westbound on Interstate 580 in a cream-colored Mercedes SUV.

    Police think those same men punched and robbed a 17-year-old girl in the same parking lot Sunday evening.

    "He punched her in the face and took her purse as she fell to the ground," Chin said.

    A woman who works at a store right next to the crime scene said the robberies has her on edge.

    "It makes us a little more cautious walking out to the street," said Bridgette Owens, who works at the mall. "We have cash on us, so we have to be on the lookout."

    Shoppers are also on alert after hearing of the crimes.

    "Makes me more nervous to park out cars in the parking lot," shopper Michaela Dorsol said.

    Anyone who can provide any additional information is asked to contact the Pleasanton Police Department.

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