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SJPD Arrest "Geisha Dolls" Crew Responsible for a Series of Armed Robberies
Filed under Press Release, on 3/3/2017 1:44:00 PM by Author: Albert Morales #3477.

TYPE OF CRIME: Robbery    
CASE NUMBER:   Several 
LOCATION:   San Jose, CA/Milpitas, CA     
SUSPECT #1:  Withheld
AGE: 17 years       
SUSPECT #2:     Withheld
AGE: 17 years
SUSPECT #3:   Withheld 
AGE:  16 years

 San Jose:  The San Jose Police Department's Robbery Unit has identified and arrested three suspects in a connection with a series of robberies of gas stations, liquor stores, and markets in the City of San Jose and Milpitas.  The crimes occurred between October 23, 2016 to January 25, 2017. Between one and three suspects entered the stores during this robbery string, while armed with either a handgun or a large knife.  The suspects wore masks to cover their faces.  This crew was dubbed "Geisha Dolls" based on their disguises during the earlier part of their string.  The suspects would threaten the clerks, while demanding money.  Some of the victims were pistol-whipped during the commission of the robberies.  These three suspects are believed to have committed at least 12 armed robberies since October 23, 2016.

The coordinated investigation by Robbery Detectives included interviewing victims and witnesses, gathering physical evidence, and conducting surveillance.  Sergeant Ron Starkey of the Robbery Unit stated that the success of the investigation, leading to the arrests of three suspects, was a direct result of the teamwork within the Robbery Unit.

During the investigation, Robbery Detectives had identified a person of interest.  Further investigation led to the identification of two additional suspects, a 16 year old and 17 year old.

On 1-25-2017, and armed robbery occurred at the Arco AM/PM located at 2104 N Capitol Ave.  Patrol Officers immediately followed up on leads and arrested a juvenile suspect at his residence. Patrol officers conducted a search of the residence and located evidence of the Arco AM/PM robbery.

Robbery Detectives were notified of the arrest by patrol officers and recognized the individual from their investigation of the Geisha Dolls robbery crew. Robbery Unit Detectives mobilized and coordinated to conduct additional searches at the 17 year old's residence. Based on the additional follow up on 1-25-2017, Robbery Detectives discovered evidence linking the suspect arrested by patrol, and of the entire robbery crew, to 12 robberies.  The 17 year old Juvenile was booked into custody at Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall.

On February 14, 2017 members of the Metro Unit located and arrested Suspect #1 (a 17 year old at the time of the crime) and a 16 year old Juvenile in San Jose.

The case is still on-going and actively being investigated. We are asking for the public's assistance in identifying additional victims of these robberies who may have not reported their robbery to police.

Persons with information regarding the above case are urged to contact Detective Hernandez #3898 or Detective Constantin #3890 of the San Jose Police Department's Robbery Unit at (408) 277-4166. Persons wishing to remain anonymous may either call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line, (408) 947-STOP (7867), or click the "Submit a Tip" link below. Persons providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect may be eligible for a cash reward from the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers.


Robbery Surveillance Video


BY: Ofc. Albert Morales #3477
AUTHORIZED BY: Lt.  Paul Joseph #318       
DATE: 3/03/17      TIME: 1:30 PM DATE: 3/03/17        TIME: 1:30 PM


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