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Teen suspects in string of Inner Sunset shotgun robberies arrested

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Officers arrested two teens this week suspected of committing a string of robberies involving a shotgun earlier this month in San Francisco, police announced Friday.

According to police, the robberies all occurred on March 8 in and around the city’s Inner Sunset neighborhood.

The first happened around 6:30 a.m., when officers learned a male victim had been walking on the sidewalk near Eighth Avenue and Noriega Street when a male suspect jumped out of a vehicle, armed with a shotgun, according to police.

The suspect demanded the victim hand over his property and the victim gave the suspect his phone and wallet.

Just minutes later, another victim was walking near Ninth Avenue and Lawton Street when a male suspect again jumped out of a vehicle, armed with a shotgun, and demanded the victim’s property. The victim complied, police said.

A short while later, around 7:10 a.m., a female victim was walking in the 400 block of Warren Drive when a male suspect got out of a vehicle with a shotgun and demanded her property.

The victim, however, said she didn’t have anything and the suspects fled. The victim was able to take a picture of the vehicle the suspects fled in, according to police.

In all three incidents, the victims described the suspects as young males driving a white SUV, with at least one of them being armed with the shotgun.

After an investigation, on March 12, the vehicle used in the armed robberies was located in Pittsburg. Inside, investigators found property from one the victims, police said.

The vehicle’s discovery then led investigators to two 17-year-old males in Oakland.

The two were arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of robbery, attempted robbery, assault with a firearm, among other offenses, police said. They have been booked into the San Francisco County Juvenile Justice Center.

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