BART police arrest 2 teens in string of cellphone thefts

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BART police say they have arrested two teens and detained 8 others in connection with a string of cellphone thefts on trains. 

According to authorities, 10 juveniles between the ages of 14 and 16 were detained by BART police on May 7 at the West Oakland and Powell Street stations. 

Two of the 10 teens detained were booked into juvenile hall on suspicion of attempted robbery. 

Officials say the investigation is ongoing and detectives are working to determine how many thefts the suspects are responsible for.

The other 8 teens were released to their parents. 

Officials are reminding BART riders to be vigilant as they have noticed an uptick in cellphone thefts in San Francisco between the Glen Park and Powell Street stations. 

“Most cellphone thefts on BART are crimes of opportunity.  People should regularly look up from their devices, so they can see what’s happening near them and avoid having their phones out when the doors open for their trains,” interim BART police chief Ed Alvarez said.

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