WEST COVINA — Police jailed three suspects Tuesday following a takeover-style robbery at a cell phone store, authorities said.
The crime took place shortly after 9 a.m. at AT&T Wireless in the 100 block of South California, in the Westfield West Covina shopping mall, West Covina police Lt. David Lee said.
After the group of robbers entered the store and ordered the employees and a cleaning crew into a rear storage area, “the suspects demanded cash from everyone inside,” Lee said. “The suspects stole a large sum of money, several iPhones and iPads and left the location in a vehicle.”
No one was hurt, he said.
Officers spotted the suspects driving on the eastbound 10 Freeway at Grand Avenue, Lee said, at which point the car exited the freeway at Grand Avenue and stopped in the parking lot of Cal Poly Pomona. The suspects got out of the car and ran, one of them heading into a parking lot used to house university police patrol cars.
Police used a K-9 to apprehend one of the suspects in a vacant parking lot, and the third remained in the car, Sgt. Dennis Patton said.
Items stolen in the wireless store robbery were found inside their car, he added.
It did not appear any weapons were used in the robbery, officials said.
The suspects’ names were not released Wednesday due to the ongoing investigation, Patton said. At least one suspect was believed to have remained at-large.