Police make key arrests in robberies

September 3, 2008 5:50:03 PM PDT
Oakland Police say they have arrested the key players responsible for several of the 18 armed robberies in the last six weeks. The K&T Nails and Spa was robbed Tuesday night, but they were open Wednesday with the front door locked.

Ten minutes after the robbery, at the K&T Nail and Spa, police stopped a vehicle that matched the description of one used in several past robberies. Inside, police say they found stolen cash, two ski masks, and a loaded gun believed to be used in three previous robberies in Oakland.

The first robbery took place on Aug. 4th at the Kerry House on Piedmont Avenue. The second, Aug. 22, at the Nomad Cafe on Shattuck Avenue, and a third, on Aug. 24., at the Full Moon Seafood House on MacArthur.

Police arrested three people. Two of those people, they believe were caught on surveillance video during the Nomad Cafe robbery, and another woman who drove the getaway car.

Last week, Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums asked for help from the community and at a press conference this afternoon, he said information that came in helped immensely.

"We said that people know who these folks are, we asked that they step forward, we ask that they engage in the Oakland Police department in the spirit of community policing. Oakland citizens have responded in that regard and I want to thank them for that," said Mayor Ron Dellums.

That information led police to stake out two of the three suspects. Leon Luster, 29, and Rachaan Lamonthe, 30, are believed to have pulled off the heists, while 20-year-old Shante Bostic drove the getaway car.

Police say they live in Oakland, but they are not members of the Acorn Gang. Several of those guys were arrested last spring for another string of takeover robberies.

Again, three people arrested in connection with four of the 18 takeover robberies this summer, but this still leaves 14 unsolved armed robberies.

Click here for a map of armed robberies around the Bay Area

Stay with ABC7NEWS.COM for continued updates as the story develops.


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