Authorities: Arrestees may be tied to robberies in Danville, East Bay


Investigators have arrested several people whom they believe might be connected to a series of armed robberies throughout the East Bay, including one in Danville and the high-profile robbery and shooting of an Orinda school board member last week.

"The Contra Costa County District Attorney's task force has made arrests and believe they are related or involved in the Orinda case," Orinda police chief Mark Nagel said in an email Tuesday

The county's task force arrested six people for home invasion robberies that took place in Danville, Livermore and Fremont, said deputy district attorney Barry Grove.

Grove did not provide additional information on the arrests, citing the ongoing investigation.

It was not immediately clear whether police allege those arrested were responsible for an incident in Danville last Wednesday when two thieves reportedly entered home on Conejo Drive and stole the resident's Honda Pilot and other belongings before fleeing in separate vehicles and leading law enforcement on a chase that they ultimately escaped.

Investigators from several law enforcement agencies will meet Wednesday to "compare notes" in an effort to determine if the crimes might be related, Antioch police Sgt. Tom Fuhrmann said.

Of the six robberies that police have been reported since Sept. 26, all of them involved two armed men who approached their victims just after they had pulled up to their homes or into their own driveways. In two of the cases, the suspects were spotted driving off in a white sedan and twice the suspects shot at their victims.

The shootings occurred in Pinole on Sept. 27, where the husband and wife victims weren't hit by gunfire, and in Orinda, where school board vice president Carol Brown was shot and her husband, Tom Spalding, was pistol-whipped during the Sept. 26 attack. Both victims are expected to recover.

The other robberies occurred in Antioch and Pittsburg on Wednesday, and in Brentwood on Thursday.

Story by Bay City News Service. staff contributed.

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Posted by Tom
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on Oct 7, 2016 at 1:12 pm

Anyone want to guess on a description of the perps?

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