Cops Bust Alleged Robbers Linked to Violent Jewelry Heist
The three suspects are identified as Arthur Gonzalez, 34, Gary Green, 20, and Socorro Santiago, 18, all of San Francisco. Police say they found a loaded firearm and ski masks in their possession during their arrest.
Here's what they allegedly did:
On Jan. 26, the suspects allegedly used a vehicle that was carjacked on
Jan. 15 in the area of Thomas and Maddux streets, drove it to a West Portal jewelry store and robbed it.
According to police, four people entered the store, located on the 300 block of West Portal Avenue -- two armed with firearms -- and held the owners at gunpoint. The other two perps used hammers to break glass display cases, where they took more than $80,000 worth of jewelry. The robbers fled the scene and dumped the car at an undisclosed location, according to police.
Investigators got some pretty good tips which then led them to identify Gonzalez, Green, and Santiago and link them to a Feb. 8 gas station robbery in the area of Cesar Chavez and Hampshire.
On Feb. 11, SFPD tracked down the the trio and arrested them after they allegedly attempted to rob another jewelry store on 23rd and Mission streets. The three suspects were charged with multiple counts of robbery, attempted robbery, and conspiracy. Green was also charged with firearms violations, according to police.
Investigators from CIU have reached out to law enforcement agencies in the Bay Area
to determine if the suspects are connected to other robberies. The department is
currently working to identify and arrest at least three other people believed to be
involved in the West Portal robbery. If you know anything, please contact Inspector Maguire of the Criminal Investigations Unit at 553-1753. You can also leave tips anonymously by calling the SFPD tip line at 575-4444, or text a tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD.