December 22, 2009 (Spring Valley) – Two teenage girls were arrested for armed robbery at the Spring Valley Swap Meet on Saturday, December 19.
Deputies from the Lemon Grove Sheriff’s Substation responded at 1:21 to an armed robbery call at the Swap Meet at 6377 Quarry Road. Two suspects armed with handguns donned ski masks and attempted to take the vendor’s fanny pack filled with money. The suspects fled the area on foot and were seen running towards the Spring Valley Park.
Deputies spotted the suspects running into the women’s restrooms and took up a position to stop their escape. The suspects removed some of their clothing and discarded their ski masks inside the restroom. As they exited, both suspects were arrested without incident. The clothing, ski masks and two air soft guns were recovered.
Both suspects were positively identified by their clothing and their physical build. They are both females and are 17 and 18 years old. The 18 year old has been identified as Veronica Valdiva from Imperial Beach. The juvenile has been identified as a walk away from a San Bernardino group home. There were no injuries.