Last Saturday, two juveniles were arrested for armed robbery in the downtown area, and police are investigating their possible connection to a series of similar crimes in recent months.
Detective Sgt. Mark Misquez said the police were called at about 10 p.m. Saturday to the 600 block of Diablo Way – in the vicinity of three armed robberies in December and January – for a robbery that had reportedly just occurred. After searching the area, police officers located and a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old, both residents of Brentwood.
“We recovered a firearm in the area, along with other evidence linking the suspects to the robbery,” Misquez said. “There are similarities between one of the suspects and at least one of the other robberies.” Both suspects were on probation, he added, and both are being held at the County Juvenile Detention Facility in Martinez.
Then on Tuesday, police arrested Andrew Izvernari, 21, and Aaron Lawson, 39, of Tracy on suspicion of burglary and possession of stolen goods. The bust came after an attempted truck burglary was broken up by an alert citizen. Police converged on the area, stopped a car that matched the suspects’ vehicle and found items linking the suspects to at least seven recent vehicle break-ins.
According to Misquez, “There might be others” victimized by the two suspects, who focused their efforts on Ford pickup trucks. Other possible victims should call 925-634-6911 and ask for Detective Mark Louwerens.
The arrests in the two cases come on the heels of others made last month. Daniela Rodriguez, 18, of Antioch; Sergio Eovva, 19, of Brentwood; Andrew Rivera, 19; and a juvenile female were arrested in connection with the robbery at knife point of two teenage girls on Jan. 28. Earlier that same day, police arrested Bakari Fields, 31, suspected of robbing a gas station, a drug store and an attempted robbery of a department store last November. Fields’ suspected accomplice in those cases, Maurice Shavers, was killed by police during the robbery of an Oakland store on Jan. 20.
“We’ve been pretty busy,” Misquez said. “My people have been working hard.” Misquez added that investigations are ongoing in all the cases, and those with information should notify the police at 925-634-6911.