Thanks to tips from the public who viewed surveillance video images of suspects involved in a rash of 7-Eleven store holdups, two more alleged robbers have been rounded up, a Santa Ana police spokesman said Friday.
The 16-year-old suspects, whose names were not released because they are underage, were booked into juvenile hall, according to Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.
One of the teens, who lives in Santa Ana, was arrested Thursday afternoon, and the other teen, who lives in Garden Grove, surrendered to police the same day, accompanied by an attorney, Bertagna said.
The Garden Grove teen was booked on suspicion of five counts of robbery and the Santa Ana teen on suspicion of eight robbery counts, Bertagna said.
Another suspect — 25-year-old Miguel Baltazar Ledesma — was arrested Sunday, posted bail by Monday and was released, according to jail records.
Investigators are looking for a fourth suspect in the robberies that started on April 9, according to Bertagna.
Of the 23 7-Eleven stores located in Santa Ana, five have been hit by the robbers, including the one at 2112 S. Main St., which has been held up four times, Bertagna said.
The others are at 818 W. 17th St., which has been robbed three times; 902 W. Edinger Ave., which was robbed twice; and 1441 W. MacArthur Blvd. and 2910 S. Main St., both of which were hit once.
The most recent robbery was Tuesday, Bertagna said.
The bandits strike at varying times of the day and take cash in the holdups, according to Bertagna, who said two suspects rob the store while another acts as a lookout.
Ledesma was caught because a clerk recognized him from an internal bulletin distributed to employees by the convenience store chain, Bertagna said.
He said the clerk was on the phone with police when the alleged robber was trying to get his attention. The suspect was arrested a short time later, Bertagna said.
–City News Service