Pleasanton police, in conjunction with partnering agencies, arrested two 17-year-old boys this week in connection with a pair of strong-arm robbery cases at Stoneridge Shopping Center over the weekend, including one where a Danville teen girl was hit and had her purse stolen.
The boys were taken into custody by the Oakland Police Department on Tuesday, but because they are juveniles, additional identifying information will not be released, according to police.
"The investigation into these robberies is still very active," Pleasanton police Lt. Kurt Schlehuber.
Another suspect, also thought to be a juvenile, remains at-large, and police allege the trio are responsible for other crimes in the East Bay, including a pair of robberies at the Pleasanton mall.
Last Sunday afternoon, a 63-year-old woman who was standing by her car at the Stoneridge Shopping Center was kicked, threatened with a gun and robbed of her purse, according to Pleasanton police.
It marked the second purse-snatching reported at the mall in as many days.
On Saturday night, a 17-year-old girl from Danville was walking to her car in the mall parking lot near P.F. Chang's when three males left a silver SUV and one grabbed her purse, according to police.
When she resisted, one assailant allegedly punched her in the face and pushed her to the ground. The teen girl reportedly did not require medical attention.
The silver SUV was later reported in a car-jacking incident at the San Leandro BART station, where three African-American teens drove up in the vehicle and stole a cream-colored Mercedes, Schlehuber said.
The trio then allegedly took the Mercedes to Stoneridge Mall on Sunday before the strong-arm robbery that day. In that incident, the 63-year-old woman fell to the ground after struggling over the purse, and one of the teens kicked her in the back before the trio ran away with her purse, according to police.
The woman reportedly sustained minor injuries but didn't require hospitalization.
The teen assailants left the mall in the Mercedes SUV, which drove onto westbound Interstate 580, police said. Similar suspect descriptions were given for both Stoneridge Mall incidents, and police believe the same three people were involved.
Oakland police later found the Mercedes SUV with two teens inside, and they were arrested and interviewed.
Anyone with information about either robbery or the at-large suspect can call Pleasanton police at 931-5100.