OAKLAND -- A picture is said to be worth a thousand words, but in this case police are hoping that a selfie taken with a victim's stolen cellphone camera will lead to the arrest of two robbers.
The robbery happened in August in East Oakland, but so far investigators have not been able to identify the smiling man in the picture and are hoping that releasing it to the media will help lead to his arrest, said Officer Omar Daza-Quiroz.
Police said a 42-year-old Oakland woman was walking her dog in the 2100 block of East 28th Street about 7:30 p.m. Aug. 19 when a white SUV, possibly a Dodge Durango, pulled up next to her.
The two occupants both had guns and demanded her gold necklace and other valuables, threatening to shoot her if she did not comply, Daza-Quiroz said. She gave them the necklace and her cellphone, and the men drove off.
After the robbery, one of the men took a picture of himself on the cellphone, and the woman saw it while looking on her computer iCloud account the next day and turned it over to police.
Daza-Quiroz said police believe the men might be responsible for similar street robberies both before and since the woman was targeted.
The man pictured is black, 17 to 21, about 5 feet 4 and 150 pounds with a dark complexion, short black hair and brown eyes. He had solid gold upper and lower teeth.
The other man is black, 17 to 21, 6 feet and 150 pounds with a dark complexion, short black hair and brown eyes.
Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $2,500 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of the two¿. Anyone with information may call police at 510-238-3326 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.