WEST COVINA — A man and woman from Lancaster were behind bars Sunday on suspicion of robbing a West Covina preschool at gunpoint and attempting to rob a West Covina bank within a span of about half an hour earlier this month, police said.
Officers arrested the man and woman near their home in Lancaster after identifying them as suspects in the Aug. 17 crimes, West Covina police Lt. Pat Benschop said.
The pair showed up at a U.S. Bank branch, in the 2630 E. Workman Ave., about 4:30 p.m., the lieutenant said.
“The male and female entered and presented a demand note to a teller demanding money,” he said. But before the teller could comply, the robbers left empty-handed.
But they arrived at a preschool across town about 30 minutes later, armed with a handgun, according to police.
“The suspects entered the Belaire Little People School (office), 816 E. Service Avenue, and demanded money at gunpoint,” Benschop said.
An employee was ordered to retrieve money and handed the robbers about $860, he said.
No children were believed to have witnessed the robbery, Benschop said, though there were 16 students in an “adjoining room,”
The names of the suspects were not released Sunday as police continued their investigation and tried to link the suspects to additional crimes, Benschop said.
They were booked on suspicion of attempted robbery, robbery and kidnapping for the purpose of robbery.