Two young men and a youth from Tracy are under arrest in connection with three armed robberies at gas stations and a liquor store in Tracy and Livermore.

The Tracy Police Department said in a Wednesday news release that Gabriel Maez, 18, and Joseph Salas, 19, and an unnamed 17-year-old boy were arrested Saturday morning by officers from the Tracy and Livermore police departments with help from the Tracy SWAT team.

All three were arrested at a home on the 100 block of C Street after a joint investigation by the two police departments into a pair of robberies July 30.

The first robbery took place at 4:45 a.m. at the AM-PM mini-mart at 3425 N. Tracy Blvd.

Police records of the robbery call said two males in hoodies and masks entered the business with handguns and pushed a customer to the ground, threatening to shoot the person. A witness said the robbers left in a gray four-door car.

At 7:10 a.m. that same day, an armed robbery was reported at a Shell gas station in Livermore.

Salas has been identified as the lone suspect in the July 18 armed robbery of Bob’s Market, 854 W. 11th St. In that instance, a man wearing a ski mask went into the store with a handgun and demanded that money from the register be placed in a grocery bag.

According to the police, two other armed robberies on July 20 at a liquor store and a gas station are still under investigation.

Maez and Salas are being held without bail in the San Joaquin County Jail on three counts of second-degree robbery and three charges of using a firearm. They will be in court at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 18 in the Manteca branch of San Joaquin County Superior Court.

The 17-year-old was booked into county juvenile hall on robbery charges.

Anyone with information on the robberies can call Detective Jose Silva at 831-6674.

Contact the Tracy Press at tpnews@tracypress.com or 835-3030.

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