SAN LEANRDO (CBS SF) – Detectives in San Leandro are investigating a string of street robberies that occurred over the past three weeks that may be related, a police sergeant said.

The victims—three Asian women and two Asian men between 40 and 60 years old—were robbed of their purses, wallets, and other personal items while walking alone in each of the five robberies, Sgt. Doug Calcagno said.

Calcagno said two to four black men are suspects in each incident, although the vehicle descriptions vary and include a black four-door Lexus and a white four-door Camry.

The first incident occurred on July 14 near the intersection of Louise Street and Betty Avenue.

On July 30, three incidents occurred between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. in the 1900 block of Lewelling Boulevard, near Clarke and Parrot streets, and in the 15200 block of Hesperian Boulevard.

Vehicle descriptions similar to the Lexus were described in each incident, and Calcagno said there is “no doubt” they are the same suspects.

The fifth robbery occurred in the 100 block of Durant Avenue on Tuesday.

Several of the victims were knocked to the ground but no one was seriously injured during the robberies, Calcagno said.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (510) 577-3237.

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Comments (8)
  1. Watch out people says:

    Its happening in Oakland too, near Garfield Elementary School area. Bunch of friends’ parents robbed just this week.

  2. Buzz says:

    Black suspects? Hmmph! Imagine that.

  3. Nor Dav says:

    God damn, just carry a gun if you walk alone.

  4. tn says:

    Black crimes against Asians continues….

  5. lMac says:

    where is the NAACP???

  6. norbit says:

    I hope the next time this happens, the victim will have a gun and take out the whole group. But then again, the family members will tell the media how the kid was trying to get his life back together, trying to get into college, a family man, and never getting in trouble. NAACP at it’s best

  7. John says:

    Black on Asian violence is very common, and most Asians growing up in parts of SF to Oakland can recount stories involving themselves or others being the target of a crime, often with racist language involved.

    There are parts of Oakland and San Leandro where Asian kids don’t ride the buses or refuse to go into because they know they get harassed and attacked. It doesn’t just happens to Asians, it often happens to young white males. Just a few months ago a white friend of mine was walking home with groceries when two black kids jumped him, punched him and ran off, calling him cracker, white boy, etc., threatening that he was gonna die and such.

    Because these types of crimes involve groups with less political clout (Asians), or whites, they aren’t seen as hate crimes.

  8. Rose says:

    Black on Asians & Latinos. These groups don’t have political clout. They just don’t riot & tear neighborhoods apart when something happens to them. It’s only considered a hate crime and/or racist when something happens to a black person whether they were committing a crime in the first place or not. You don’t see the NAACP speaking out when these types of crimes happen.

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