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Dog thwarts Hillcrest robbery attempt; 3 arrested in separate robbery

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Posted at 7:24 AM, Feb 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-01 10:24:53-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A dog stopped an attempted robbery at a Hillcrest cell phone store while three people were arrested in a separate cell phone store robbery in the Redwood Village area.

The two incidents took place late Friday, according to San Diego Police Officer Robert Heims.

The first incident took place at a Verizon store in the 1200 block of University Avenue at about 6:30 p.m. A suspect, described as a teenage boy, ran into the Hillcrest business and waved a gun around, police said. But the suspect ran back out after seeing a dog inside the store.

Nothing was stolen from the store and no one was injured.

Hours later, someone walked into a T-Mobile store in the 5800 block of University Avenue at about 10 p.m. The suspect was armed and pointed a gun at employees while demanding their belongings, Officer Heims said.

The suspect fled the store, but it wasn't clear if anything was taken. After receiving information on a possible vehicle linked to the suspect, police located the person with two others. All three, including one juvenile, were taken into custody, Heims said.

SDPD's robbery detectives are investigating both incidents.