SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO - Two juveniles were taken into custody Thursday night after South San Francisco police officers said they used a replica firearm to try to rob an undercover officer.

The names of the juveniles are being withheld because of their ages. There was no information immediately available on the exact charges the suspects face.

Police said there were two separate armed robbery incidents in recent weeks involving women using Centennial Trail near Orange Memorial Park. In each case, the women were using the trail alone.

The suspects brandished a gun in each incident and one of the victims was pistol-whipped during the robbery.

Due to the similarities of the two robberies, an undercover female officer was involved in a sting operation on the trail Thursday night, leading to the arrest of the juveniles armed with the replica firearm at about 9:15 p.m. No one was injured during the operation, police said.

The suspects were taken into custody and to juvenile hall.

Anyone with information that might assist in the successful prosecution of the suspects is encouraged to contact the South San Francisco Police Department at (650) 877-8900 or an anonymous tip line at (650) 952-2244.



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