Arcadia 7-Eleven robberies may be linked

ARCADIA — Police believe the same man may have robbed two 7–Eleven stores this month.
The most recent robbery took place just after 2 a.m. Thursday at the convenience store at Live Oak and Tyler avenues, Arcadia police wrote in a statement.
The previous crime occurred just before 3 a.m. May 10 at the 7–Eleven store at 1003 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia police Sgt. Tom Le Veque said.
The sergeant said investigators could not be certain if the same person is responsible for both heists, but similar suspect descriptions and behavior seem to indicate it, he said.
“Based on the description and what we’re looking at in the (surveillance) video, it appears to be.”
In both cases, the robber was described as a thin man between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall, Le Veque said. Both robbers also wore dark clothing, including a hooded sweatshirt and a bandana as a mask, and black tennis shoes with white trim.
“The guy was so covered up and concealed that neither of the victims could determine his race,” Le Veque said.
Surveillance camera footage was collected from the store, he added, but yielded few clues because of the robber’s dress. Detectives continue examining the tapes.
Both crimes were reported early in the morning, police said, and in both cases, the robber lifted his sweat shirt to show a handgun in his waistband.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Arcadia Police Department at 626-574-5150.

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    Police said the suspect entered the store armed with a handgun, struggled with Singh before shooting him and then fled on foot in an unknown direction.

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    Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Ventura Police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.