Police: East Bay robberies connected


Exactly one week ago at around 11:30 at night, two young men walked into a market in San Leandro and pulled a gun on the manager.

"They said open the register, I need money. I say okay, go ahead. I open and took two steps back," said robbery victim Bunty Sherma.

Investigators say these are the robbers who have carried out the scenario at least eight times since April 14th. Two men about 20 years old, wearing hoodies but no other disguise. Detectives describe them as brazen.

"It is obvious they have rehearsed this. They go to the register and," said Lt. Tom Overton from the San Leandro Police Department.

The Manor Grille and Bar is a family-owned business in San Leandro. Last month, one of the sisters who works there was robbed by the suspects. She's still traumatized.

"I've been having nightmares of it and stuff," said the restaurant employee.

The restaurant recently updated its surveillance system. The sign says there's a camera but the thieves didn't seem to care.

They've been caught on video tape several times, including at a Quick Stop in Castro Valley, one of two places police say they hit in a single day. They've also been in Hayward and Fremont.

The last known robbery was caught on tape last week at a Denny's in San Leandro. Police are now distributing flyers to warn area restaurants and their customers.

"Obviously people are sitting down and eating 10-15 feet away as they pull out the gun and they aren't caring who sees them or who's in their way," said Tai Nguyen from the San Leandro Police Department.

Police say no restaurant patrons have been robbed, but the manager of the market says money was taken from one of his customers.

Investigators don't believe there's any connection to similar crimes in Oakland.

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