Bay Area cops have arrested five teenage girls, ranging from 14-16, as suspects in at least 20 strong-arm robberies targeting women. The girls’ identities are being withheld because of their age.

Oakland officials said Wednesday that the teen girls are suspected of seeking out, assaulting and robbing women who were “walking alone.”



The victims ranged in age from 29 to 68. One woman was punched in the face and some fell to the pavement while struggling to hold on to their property. None required hospitalization. The East Bay Times reports that all five admitted their involvement in the robberies, saying they wanted money. All are Oakland residents and two are cousins. Police say the robberies and attempted robberies began last Friday, and 10 of the alleged crimes occurred Monday, mostly near BART stations. h/t fox5ny

The suspects could face charges including robbery and possession of stolen property.