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Police catch necklace snatchers

Police catch necklace snatchers

Jeremy Barnett

POSTED June 18, 2013 10:58 p.m.


A pair of suspects believed to be responsible for a string of violent armed robberies in Turlock was apprehended Friday night after being spotted outside a convenience store.

The two were wanted by Turlock Police detectives in connection with two robberies in which two women had their necklaces ripped from their necks.

The first robbery was reported around 5 p.m. June 1 in the 2800 block of Geer Road. The 74-year-old victim said she was approached by an African-American male who suddenly grabbed her purse and tried to run off. The woman held tight to her purse, so the suspect instead snatched the necklace she was wearing, said Turlock Police spokesperson Officer Mayra Lewis. The victim was bruised in the altercation but not seriously injured.

The victim and witnesses were able to provide investigators with a detailed description of the suspect and the white vehicle he jumped into, which was occupied by another African-American male and driven by a woman.

The second robbery occurred around 5:40 p.m. June 3 in the 300 block of S. Tully Road. This time the victim of the robbery was a teenage girl, who was walking home from the Circle K market on W. Main Street.

 The victim told detectives a white vehicle stopped just ahead of her and an African-American man got out of the car and approached her. The suspect punched the girl in the chest and as she was falling backwards he tore the necklace from her neck. The suspect jumped back into the vehicle and fled the area.

The description of the suspect and the vehicle matched that of robbery reported days prior, Lewis said.

Around 3 p.m. Friday two individuals matching the suspects’ descriptions were seen at the Circle K at 1600 W. Main Street, in addition to a similar vehicle seen at both robberies, Lewis said.

Officers responded to the area and spotted the vehicle in the 1000 block of South Avenue and conducted a traffic stop. After some investigation, detectives arrested 24-year-old Anthony Brown and 25-year-old Jeremy Barnett on suspicion of robbery charges. Barnett also was on parole and had a warrant for robbery out of Orange County.

The female driver of the car was identified as 21-year-old Ashlee Bradley and she was taken into custody for an active misdemeanor warrant out of San Jose.

Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to contact Detective Jason Tosta at 664-7324.

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