Three teenage cousins suspected of two armed robberies in North Oakland on Monday night were arrested with the help of an electronic tracking application, police said.
The first robbery occurred in the 4400 block of Webster Street at about 7:50 p.m., where Oakland police believe three suspects robbed a woman at gunpoint of her cellphone before fleeing the area in a vehicle.
The second robbery occurred in the 4800 block of Shafter Avenue at about 7:55 p.m., where police believe the same three suspects robbed another woman at gunpoint of her cellphone and fled in a vehicle.
Police said the electronic tracking applications on the victims' cellphones led officers to the area of 13th Avenue and East 34th Street, where they arrested the suspects because they matched the descriptions provided by the victims.
A replica firearm was recovered from the vehicle used by the suspects and officers were able to recover the victims' property, according to police.
Two of the suspects are 17-year-old males and the third suspect is 18-year-old Izell Levias. All three are Oakland residents.
Investigators said they believe the electronic tracking devices played a key role in finding and apprehending the suspects.
Oakland police said they encourage people to have tracking applications on all their electronic devices to help officers investigate robberies and arrest suspects. They said they encourage storing information such as the make, model and serial number in a safe location where it can be easily retrieved in case of theft.
Police said the investigation into the robberies is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call (510) 238-3326 or the tip line at (510) 777-2805.
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