FAIRFIELD — Rudolpho “Youngnrichdolpho” James, 20, and Reina Rodriguez, 23, both of Vallejo, were indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday in Oakland, along with five other suspects accused of a spree of armed robberies of commercial businesses in and around the Bay Area and Sacramento.
James and Rodriguez were part of a group dubbed The Landry Crew, an enterprise based in Oakland. It is affiliated with the larger Money Team gang that also operates in and around Oakland, as well as with other groups, according to federal authorities who include Fairfield and Vallejo among the cities where crimes occurred.
Suspected Ringleader Melvin “New Hefner” Landry Jr., 22, of Oakland, and other crew members began robbing large retail stores in 2012, according to police. Among their heists were a Safeway in Oakland robbed of $2,500 and the armed robberies of at least four Walmart stores that netted the crew $264,000 in cash and checks, authorities said.
The crew also engaged in armed home invasion-style robberies, credit card fraud and identity theft, authorities said.
Authorities said The Landry Crew boasted about their criminal activities on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Members of the crew took pictures of themselves in the aftermath of their crimes, literally rolling around in large amounts of cash and stolen items.
The indictment alleges that after his arrest, Landry offered cash and goods to FBI agents if they would allow him to escape.
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