Dozens of teens swarmed a BART train car in Oakland over the weekend, robbed and in some cases beat passengers in an apparent orchestrated heist that was described by officials as a first of its kind.
BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost says about 40 to 60 teenagers jumped the fare gates at the Coliseum Station at around 9.30pm on Saturday and ran to the second-story platform, where they entered a train car after it pulled into the station.
She said the teens grabbed bags and cell phones from seven passengers and took off into the surrounding East Oakland neighborhood before BART officers could respond.
Two people suffered minor facial injuries and were treated at the scene. Of the seven victims, six were robbed on board the train and one on the platform.
The teens reportedly all fled into the surrounding East Oakland neighborhood before officers could arrive, reported SFGate.com.
The Dublin-bound train was delayed 15 minutes as police investigated and paramedics attended to the victims.
rost said authorities were reviewing surveillance video to identify the suspects. However, police say they can’t share the images with the public as the suspects appear to be minors.
A series of robberies on BART trains has prompted the agency to step up patrols in recent weeks, but Saturday’s train heist was described as a first of its kind.
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