Five arrested on suspicion of armed robberies

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Four men and a woman were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of taking part in armed robberies at three San Diego businesses over a period of less than 24 hours.

A patrol officer found the suspects, all in their late teens or early 20s, sitting in a parked car at Hourglass Field Community Park on Black Mountain Road about 6 a.m., shortly after one of the holdups, according to San Diego police.

Several of the detainees matched the descriptions of three masked youths in hooded sweat shirts — one armed with a pistol — who had robbed a Circle K store in the 17000 block of West Bernardo Drive shortly before 5 a.m. and a 7- Eleven in the 8200 block of Gold Coast Drive in Mira Mesa less than an hour later, SDPD Lt. Andra Brown said.

Additionally, several of the suspects resembled a trio responsible for a similar holdup that occurred late Monday morning at a Postal Annex outlet on Business Center Court in the Ocean Crest area, near Otay Mesa, according to Brown.

The sedan the group was in when they were caught at the park next to Miramar College contained items, including a cell phone, stolen during all three crimes, the lieutenant said. The suspects also had a pistol in their possession, she said.

The arrestees' names were not immediately available.

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