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Five arrested in Wednesday night “crime spree”

Auburn Police officer led final effort
By: Staff Report
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Five people, including three juveniles, were arrested after allegedly robbing two Placer County businesses and injuring a clerk Wednesday night, according to a press release by the Placer County Sheriff's Office issued Thursday morning.

Jamaul Lee Baker, 26, and Justina Irene Baker, 22, both of Sacramento, were arrested after Wednesday's robberies and taken to the Placer County Jail. Three juveniles, a 15-year-old and two 14-year-olds, were also taken to the Placer County Juvenile Hall in Auburn, according to the release.

The Bakers and the three juveniles' first alleged crime took place at the Comfort Inn on Auburn Ravine Road in Auburn at 10:40 p.m. The clerk at the Comfort Inn said she had been robbed at gunpoint by people wearing masks and gloves in the lobby and that one of them stomped on the telephone.

Next, the Bakers and the three juveniles allegedly continued to Colfax Food and Gas on South Auburn Street at 11:09 p.m. The clerk was allegedly forced to empty the cash register and get on the ground while the assailants took out the money and allegedly threw the cash register at the clerk's head.

Harpreet Grewal, one of the owners of Colfax Food and Gas, a Beacon station, said the clerk received "a bump on his head" when the cash register drawer was thrown at him, but did not require hospitalization.

Grewal said at the time of the robbery there were no customers in the store, located at the corner of South Auburn Street and Highway 174.

This is the first robbery at the store since she and her partner purchased the business four years ago, she said.

After surveillance video was reviewed from both locations, the vehicle was spotted by an Auburn Police officer at the Holiday Inn in Auburn. The vehicle got back on Interstate 80 and was pulled over at that point.

Along with the Auburn Police, officials from the California Highway Patrol and Rocklin and Roseville police departments assisted in the arrests. Money, handguns and masks were all recovered from the car.

The Bakers were both arrested on charges of armed robbery, conspiracy and child endangerment. The juveniles were booked on charges of robbery and conspiracy. The Placer County Sheriff's Office is waiting for details from other law enforcement agencies regarding other crimes that the Bakers might be connected to, according to the press release.

A call to the Auburn Police Department regarding the arrests was not returned on Thursday.

Martha Garcia contributed to this report.