Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer is crediting the public's help for a string of recent arrests connected to several robberies and burglaries.
“We appreciated the public's assistance we've received and will continue to work with the community to address violent crime as well as property cases,” Schmaderer said in a statement.
Police arrested three men Thursday in connection with the Sept. 21 robbery of a group of people outside a Denny's restaurant near 84th Street and West Center Road.
In that incident, one of the suspected robbers, William Belgrave, 19, of Omaha suffered a nonlife-threatening gunshot wound during a struggle.
Anthony D. Washington, 21, of Omaha, who was among those implicated in the robbery, is already in jail on a charge of first-degree sexual assault in a March home invasion near 30th and Fort Streets.
Washington allegedly was one of five men who assaulted a woman before stealing money and a debit card.
Wednesday, officers made a traffic stop of a suspected stolen vehicle that led to the arrest of two men and charges in seven robberies. The men were stopped about 9 p.m. near 39th and Frances Streets and taken to Central Police Headquarters for questioning.
During the interviews, detectives learned information that led to one of the men being charged with seven robberies: Speedee Mart at 132nd and Grover Streets; Sun Tan City at 63rd and Center Streets; Little Polonia Bar at 38th and Q Streets; CD Tradepost at 79th and Dodge Streets; Tobacco Hut at 48th and Center Streets; C.A. Nails near 129th Avenue and Bancroft Street; and International Bead near 110th and Elm Streets.
The other man was charged with being an accessory to a felony and theft by receiving stolen property.
Last week, the arrests of five men led to charges in nine robberies and burglaries. Capt. Kerry Neumann of the criminal investigation bureau called those arrests “very significant” for the safety of the community.
Among the robberies police say they've solved were three holdups by two different men of the Subway sandwich shop near California Street and Saddle Creek Road. Police also arrested individuals who are believed to be responsible for robberies of people near 127th Street and Westwood Lane and 38th and F Streets.
Police also took into custody a 33-year-old man for the burglaries of the 4 Seasons Car Wash at 69th and Maple Streets; J-N-J Coin Laundry near 30th and Ruggles Streets; Discount Laundry at 38th and Leavenworth Streets; and Ames Laundry at 60th Street and Ames Avenue.
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