Garden Grove Police Department cruiser. Photo via  soupehe.com
Garden Grove Police Department cruiser. Photo via soupehe.com

Officers investigating a reported tagging at a Staples Store in Garden Grove ended up collaring six robbery suspects, one of them a juvenile, police said Sunday.

The vandalism was reported at 3:50 p.m. Saturday at the Staples at 13031 Harbor Boulevard, according to Garden Grove police Lt. Bob Bogue.

The suspects were spotted in a vehicle that stopped in a driveway at 13241 Roan Road, Bogue said.

“One of the suspects immediately came out of the vehicle and began screaming at officers, and a felony car stop was conducted,” according to the lieutenant.

As officers were attempting to have the suspects step out of the vehicle, two of them continued “being verbally confrontational,” Bogue said.

That’s when the six were arrested. They were ultimately booked on suspicion of attempted robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and felony vandalism, according to Bogue.

“It is believed that the suspects may have committed at least five robberies in Santa Ana and Garden Grove, with four being unreported in Santa Ana,” Bogue said.

An Airsoft pistol with the colored tip removed — believed to have been used in one of the robberies — was recovered from the vehicle as well as a bicycle that was possibly taken during an unreported robbery in Garden Grove, Bogue said.

“The incidents appear to be gang-related,” he said. In one of them, the suspects allegedly tried rob a cell phone from someone who attempted to take photos of the suspects, one of whom simulated having a weapon.

The suspects were booked into the county jail and juvenile hall, but none of their names were made available due to an ongoing investigation and the youth’s age.

Any possible victims of the suspects were urged to call Garden Grove police at (714) 741-5704.

–City News Service

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