Female Serial Robbery Suspect, 2 Others Arrested After SJ Police Chase

SAN JOSE (KCBS) – A woman suspected in a series of convenience store robberies and two other people, including a pregnant woman, were arrested in San Jose early Tuesday after a brief police chase, authorities said.

Investigators credited good, old-fashioned police work in finding the woman who they say was behind a number of 7-Eleven stores in the city’s Evergreen area.

“The suspect walks into the 7-Eleven, armed with a handgun. Has a mask, is wearing gloves, takes a small amount of cash and a bunch of lottery tickets and leaves,” San Jose Police Lt. Mike Sullivan told KCBS.

Police were alerted and officers quickly determined that the suspect in the early Tuesday morning heist, a woman, matched the description of a female robber suspected of hitting two 7-Eleven stores in the area roughly one month ago.

Pregnant Woman, Two Others, Arrested Following High Speed Chase in San Jose

An officer who had been assigned to those two earlier robberies initiated a stake-out of an apartment complex where a stolen vehicle connected to those first two robberies had previously been dumped.

“And sure enough,” Sullivan told KCBS, “about an hour and a half after tonight’s robbery, the suspect vehicle pulled in, and using a spotlight to see inside the vehicle (the officer) realized the driver matched the description to a “t” of tonight’s robbery and he tried to pull in behind the vehicle.”

The vehicle, a stolen BMW, sped off, with police giving chase. A short time later, the vehicle crashed into a tree at Silver Creek and Yerba Buena. Three people in the car, the suspected robber, a man, and a pregnant woman, were all taken into custody. None had suffered injuries in the crash.

Police said they found a mask, a gun and lottery tickets inside the BMW.

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