Three teens pull off string of robberies before being arrested, police say


Three teenagers are behind bars after Fresno Police say they’re responsible for at least seven robberies.

Just after 1:15 A.M. Monday, two suspects are shown on surveillance video, walking into Foster’s Donuts on Cedar and Dakota before holding up the store clerk at gun point. One of the suspects hops over the counter to steal cash from the register. Both run out and get into a car with a third suspect who drives off. Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer says 19-year-old Joshua Garcia, a 16-year-old male and a 15-year-old male are responsible for a series of at least seven robberies throughout the city.

“Possible that the 19-year-old was grooming the other two. We don’t know but all three were active participants in committing each and every one of these robberies,” said Dyer.

Dyer says all three are Bulldog gang members who confessed to five robberies as well as one in Fresno County and other crimes involving theft. Jared Zaragoza says watching the surveillance video hits a nerve because his cousin works at the donut shop and the owners are good people.

“Very pleasant, well mannered. Great service. Great donuts. Everybody loves coming in here,” said Zaragoza.

Dyer says officers pulled over the suspect vehicle just minutes after the robbery and discovered the suspects had just robbed a pedestrian, hitting the man over the head with a gun. Investigators believe there are more unreported robberies tied to this crew. 

“We have more work to do. More investigative work to do to tie in other robberies,” said Dyer.

Police are also looking for a fourth suspect believed to be involved in these robberies. Call Crime Stoppers at 498-STOP if you have information.

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July 23 2021 05:30 pm

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