UPDATE TO PREVIOUS PRESS RELASES July 3rd & July 20, 2015
Since the below listed armed robberies at the Don Roberto jewelry stores, Salinas Police Department investigators have now solved both robberies and have arrested three suspects. See previous press releases for details of each armed robbery that occurred on July 3, 2015 and July 20, 2015.
Salinas Police Detectives working with concerned citizens and the staff of Don Roberto Jewelers were able to gather enough evidence leading to the arrests of the following:
Rigoberto Torres (22) Castroville resident
Freddy Robledo (22) Soledad resident
Emeli Soto (19) Salinas resident
Investigation revealed that both Torres and Robledo worked together to commit both robberies. It was also found that Soto was in a relationship with Robledo and knew the robberies were going to take place and appeared to work in conjunction with them during the second robbery on July 20, 2015.
The arrests made in this case are a great example of how working together with the police department can produce positive results. As with most criminal investigations the Salinas Police Department urges those who may have witnessed a crime or may have information that may help solve a crime to call the Salinas Police Department.
Witnesses are encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Department Investigations Division at 831-758-7226. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can also call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222 or the We-Tip-Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.
See below press relases:
Release Date/Time: 7/3/2015 2:38 PM
Report #: 15-070132
Date: Friday, 7/3/2015
Time: 12:07 PM
Location: 1033 E. Alisal - Don Roberto's Jewelry
Officers were dispatched for a robbery at Don Roberto Jewelers. A white Escalade had backed into the handicapped stall right in front of the store. When a female with a 4 year old boy was buzzed into the business, the 2 suspects in the Escalade jumped out from the car and ran into the store. One male with a silver handgun grabbed the boy and threatened to shot him if the owners did not give them the keys to the jewelry. One of the owners handed the man with the handgun the keys. That suspect then handed the boy off to his accomplice, who was armed with a shotgun. He held the boy at gunpoint until the first suspect got the jewelry from the display. The suspect holding the boy released him and both ran back to their car. They drove away W/B on Alisal St. The suspects were masked with bandanas, spoke both English and Spanish and at one point told one told the other to 'check the scanner”. The young boy was not injured during this robbery, but was very upset.
Release Date/Time: 7/20/2015 4:54 PM
Incident: Armed Robbery - Business
Report #: 15-071131
Date: Monday, 7/20/2015
Time: 1:36 PM
Location: 1554 North Main Street #A - Don Roberto's Jewelry Store
Salinas Police Officers responded to an armed robbery at Don Roberto Jewelry Store, 1554 North Main Street #A. Two Hispanic male suspects entered the store: Suspect 1; 5-9/5-11 black hooded jacket with a California Bear logo on the back, black pants and black shoes with a blue bandana covering his face and Suspect 2; 5-3/5-6, gray hooded jacket, blue jeans, white tennis shoes, blue bandana covering his face carrying a chrome semi auto handgun. Upon entering the store, Suspect 2 forced a customer, who was 8 months pregnant, to the back of the store. Suspect 2 opened several display cases and obtained various amounts of jewelry. Suspect 1 entered an area in the back of the store and did the same. The suspects fled in a white colored Chevrolet passenger vehicle. Witnesses provided a vehicle description. A Salinas Parole Agent, who was driving in the area, located the suspect vehicle abandoned in the neighborhood near Broadway and Manhattan. It is unclear where the suspects went from there and there is no estimate of value on the stolen jewelry. The 8 month pregnant victim was treated and released by medical personnel as a precaution. The M.O. of this robbery is similar to the Don Roberto Jewelry Store, 1033 East Alisal, robbery that occurred on July 3rd.