The California Highway Patrol is seeking the public’s help in identifying two men suspected of robbing toll plaza workers Sunday at the Carquinez and Bay bridges.
The CHP Golden Gate Division released surveillance videos of the robberies in which the driver brandishes a pistol and demands money. A total of $4,196 was stolen by the by the robbers, described as black men wearing blue or purple latex gloves and traveling in a black Mercedes S550 sedan, the CHP said in a Facebook post Tuesday.
The first robbery took place at 4 a.m. Sunday at the Carquinez Bridge Toll plaza. The suspected thieves took $1,200. The car in which the men were driving had CarMax paper license plates and distinctive accents added to the vehicle, the CHP said.
Ten hours later, suspects matching the same description and traveling in the same type of vehicle robbed a Bay Bridge toll collector of $2,996.
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If found, the suspects will face recommended charges of robbery, grand theft and brandishing a firearm, according to the CHP.
In 2017, there have been four toll plaza robberies, which the CHP is investigating. In 2016, there were five toll plaza robberies reported to the CHP. A suspect that appeared to be involved in at least one of those robberies was arrested on an unrelated probation violation, the CHP said.
In 2015, there were 14 toll plaza robberies reported to the CHP. The CHP arrested a suspect who appeared to be responsible for 11 of those robberies, according to the Facebook post.
Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call the CHP at 707-551-4100.