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Firefighters spread an absorbent on engine fluids from an SUV that overturned on Santa Clara Avenue while being pursued by Piedmont and Oakland police, Monday, July 8, 2013 in Oakland, Calif. Police arrested two suspects in a street robbery in Piedmont as they tried to flee on foot from the vehicle, which crashed and then burned. (D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group)

PIEDMONT -- Two armed robbery suspects were arrested Monday afternoon after flipping their getaway car near the Grand Avenue onramp to Interstate 580, police said.

The suspects, identified by police as 19-year-olds Garrett Terrance of Oakland and Jamoni Pullium of Hayward, robbed three people at gunpoint of personal items near Grand and Greenbank avenues in Piedmont about 12:30 p.m., according to Piedmont police Chief Rikki Goede.

Items taken during the daytime stick-up included jewelry and electronics, Goede said.

Shortly after the heist, officers spotted the two suspects in a Mercedes sport utility vehicle and pursued them down Grand Avenue in Oakland.

The suspects' SUV turned onto the westbound I-580 onramp, but rolled and caught fire in front of a row of shops that included a tanning salon and cafe. A gun was found in the vehicle, police said.

After the crash, the suspects ran in opposite directions, Goede said.

One suspect was arrested by Piedmont police at the scene and another was taken into custody in the 3300 block of Santa Clara Avenue, Goede said.

Oakland police assisted in the investigation.

Information about the victims was not immediately available but no one was injured, police said.



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