Teen arrested, another sought in South Whittier gas station robbery

SOUTH WHITTIER — A teenage suspect was arrested and a second one was sought following an armed robbery at a gas station early Wednesday, officials said.
The heist took place just after 7:30 a.m. at the ARCO station at Painter Avenue and Mulberry Drive in unincorporated South Whittier, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Craig Harman said.
Two young men armed with a handgun entered the business and demanded money from the register, the sergeant said. The employee complied and the two robbers fled.
Whittier police spotted a person matching a description of one of the robbers in their city and detained him before finding money and a handgun discarded nearby, Harman said. Witnesses identified the detained teen as one of the robbers and he was arrested.
He was described as a 17-year-old Whittier boy, Harman said, and investigators were looking into the possibility he was connected to other recent area robberies.
The second robber remained at-large, officials said. A detailed description was not available.

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