Teens arrested in rash of armed robberies

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OCEANSIDE, Calif. — A pair of 17-year-old boys arrested following an armed robbery at a convenience store in Oceanside Thursday have been linked to a series of similar crimes around the North County.

The teens — whose names were withheld because of their age — were arrested during a traffic stop after allegedly robbing a 7-Eleven store at 711 Oceanside Blvd. about 2:15 a.m., Oceanside police Officer Kathleen Vincent said.

Inside the teenagers’ vehicle officers found a loaded handgun, two realistic looking BB guns and masks, she said.

Investigators later linked the boys to five other armed robberies since September at the same 7-Eleven, and two at am/pm stores on Melrose Drive in Oceanside and on Santa Fe Avenue in Vista, according to Vincent.

Both teens have since been booked into juvenile hall, Vincent said.