Gunman sought in Pasadena gas station robbery


PASADENA >> A man with a handgun robbed a Pasadena gas station late Thursday, police said.
The crime unfolded about 10:15 p.m. at USA Gas, 2800 East Foothill Blvd., Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
A man entered the store and acted as if was going to make some purchases, the lieutenant said.
But when the clerk opened the cash register to accept payment, the robber pulled a handgun and demanded the money.
The clerk, a La Puente man in his 30s, complied and the robber fled with an undetermined amount of cash, Mercado said.
Police described the robber as a Latino man in his 40s, about 5 feet 5 inches tall, of medium build, with a mustache, wearing a green hood sweatshirt and gray sweatpants. He carried a dark, semi-automatic handgun.
Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Wanted San Dimas man arrested after pursuit through Covina

COVINA >> Police on Sunday jailed a San Dimas man on suspicion on outstanding robbery and drug smuggling warrants, and were investigating his possible connection to an armed robbery in Glendora early Saturday, after he led Covina police on a high-speed chase before being captured by a SWAT team and a K-9, authorities said.
Bryan McMaster, 46, was ultimately booked on suspicion of felony evading of police, as well as warrants for robbery and smuggling drugs into the Glendora Police Department’s jail, Covina police Sgt. Antonio Zavala said.
Detectives were also looking into the possibility McMaster was responsible for a Saturday morning armed robbery at a CVS Pharmacy in Glendora, Covina and Glendora police officials said. A concrete link was yet to be established.
The chase began after an officer spotted the wanted man about 9:30 a.m. in a car in the parking lot of the Park Inn, 1211 E. Garvey Street, Zavala said.
McMaster refused to pull over, initiating a chase that reached speeds of more than 100 mph on surface streets, the sergeant said. After leading police on a chase for about three miles, McMaster abandoned his car and continued fleeing on foot after driving into a cul-de-sac on Bender Avenue, just north of Navilla Place, in an unincorporated county area just outside of Covina.
A SWAT team was summoned to search for the suspect, as he was presumed armed and dangerous, according to Zavala.
SWAT officers, aided by Covina police K-9 Jarno, found McMaster hiding in a shed behind a vacant home nearby about noon, he said.
McMaster was treated for minor dog bite injuries and booked into jail, Zavala said.
His wife, who was riding as a passenger during the pursuit, was also being detained for questioning Sunday afternoon, he added.

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Two gunmen rob La Habra 7-Eleven store


LA HABRA >> Two masked men armed with handguns carried out a robbery at a La Habra 7-Eleven store early Sunday, police said.
The robbery took place about 4:40 a.m. at the convenience store, 2000 W. La Habra Blvd., La Habra police officials said in a written statement.
“Two male suspects in ski masks, gloves and both with handguns entered the store and demanded money,” according to the statement.
They were last seen running west through the parking lot with an undisclosed amount of ill-gotten cash, Sgt. Jeff Baylos said.
Anyone with information can reach La Havbra police at 562-383-4300. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-847-6227.

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Parolee arrested for robbery, sexual battery of young woman in Pasadena


PASADENA >> A Pasadena man already on parole for robbery is accused of robbing and sexually battering a 19-year-old woman as she walked down a street in Pasadena early Saturday, officials said.
Tredon Marquis Thomas, 24, was arrested following the incident, which unfolded about 7:45 a.m. on Los Robles Avenue, just south of Walnut Street, according to Pasadena police and Los Angeles County booking records.
“The victim was walking from the Memorial Park Gold Line Station and was approached from behind by the suspect,” Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
“The suspect asked to borrow the victim’s cell phone and then refused to return it to her,” he said. “During the crime, the suspect touched the victim in an inappropriate manner.”
The suspect, later identified as Thomas, ran off but was soon found and arrested by officer. Police recovered the woman’s cell phone.
Thomas was convicted of robbery in August of 2015 and sentenced to two years in state prison, Los Angeles County Superior Court records show. The crime took place on April 3, 2015.
He was since paroled, and remained on parole at the time of Saturday’s arrest, officials said.
According to county booking records, Thomas was being held without bail pending his initial court appearance.

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Man jailed following failed robbery at Pasadena Best Buy


PASADENA >> Police jailed a man Saturday afternoon following an ill-fated robbery attempt at a Pasadena Best Buy store, officials said.
Gabriel Robert Murrieta, 42. of Palmdale was arrested following the 2:25 p.m. incident at the electronics store, 3415 E. Foothill Blvd., according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
He walked into the store and told an employee that he was armed and demanded money, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said. He gestured as if he had a handgun.
The manager walked with the would-be robber to a cash register while other employees called police.
Officers responded to the store and arrested Murrieta without a struggle, Goodman said. He was found to be unarmed.
“The store was full of shoppers at the time of the incident, and officers did an excellent job of coordinating their response,” Goodman added.
Murrieta was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending a scheduled arraignment hearing on Wednesday in the Pasadena branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court, records show.

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Man steals cash register from La Habra sandwich shop


LA HABRA >> Police are seeking a man who sat down for dinner at a La Habra sandwich shop, then stole the business’ cash register as he left.
The crime took place about 9:40 p.m. on Thursday at a Subway sandwich shop at 1201 E. La Habra Blvd., La Habra police Sgt. Jeff Baylos said.
Police said the robber ordered food and sat down to eat it before the robbery.
He then grabbed the entire cash register from the counter as he left, Baylos sad. An employee struggled with the robber over the register, but the thief managed to get it outside and into a black BMW, which he fled in. The register contained about $300.
A detailed suspect description was not available.
Anyone with information can reach La Habra police at 562-383-4300. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-847-6227.

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La Habra man jailed in connection with two recent armed robberies

LA HABRA >> Police jailed a man late Friday on suspicion of robbing a La Habra tobacco shop, as well as another armed heist at a La Habra market the day before, authorities said.
Richard James Bustillos, 55, of La Habra was booked on suspicion of robbery minutes after Friday’s 6:30 p.m. robbery at a smoke shop in the 900 block of North Harbor Boulevard, according to La Habra police and Orange County booking records.
After holding up the clerk at gunpoint and fleeing with cash, a responding La Habra police officer spotted Bustillos, who matched the description of the robber, in the area and detained him, La Habra police Sgt. Jeff Baylos said.
Police recovered a loaded handgun from the suspect, later identified as Bustillos, and arrested him in connection with the robbery.
Further investigation indicated Bustillos was likely the same gunman who carried out another robbery about 5:40 p.m. on Thursday at a market at the corner of La Habra Boulevard and Cypress Street, Baylos said.
In that case, “The robber produced a handgun to the store clerk and demanded money,” police said in a written statement. The gunman made off with about $200, police said.
“Evidence” related to Thursday’s robbery was recovered from Bustillos during his arrest Friday, Baylos said.
According to county booking records, Bustillos was being held in lieu of $500,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Wednesday in the Central Jail branch of Orange County Superior Court.

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Gunman robs Glendora pharmacy


GLENDORA >> A masked gunman robbed a CVS Pharmacy in Glendora early Saturday, police said.
The crime unfolded about 7:50 a.m. at the pharmacy at 435 E. Arrow Highway, Glendora police Lt. Rob Lamborghini said.
A man entered the store disguised with a hooded sweatshirt, a hat, sunglasses and a surgical mask. He stood about 5 feet 8 inches tall.
He brandished a handgun as he demanded money from an employee, ultimately obtaining several hundred dollars, according to the lieutenant.
The robber was last seen running toward the side of the business, Lamborghini said.
Detectives were working to obtain surveillance camera footage of the crime to examine for clues.
Anyone with information can reach the Glendora Police Department at 626-914-8250. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Robbers target painkillers in Pasadena pharmacy heist


PASADENA >> Police are seeking two men who fled with two duffel bags full of painkillers following a robbery at a Pasadena pharmacy on Wednesday afternoon.
The crime took place about 12:10 p.m. at the Pasadena City Pharmacy, 1648 E. Washington Blvd.
The two robbers gestured as if they had handguns, though none were seen, as they entered the pharmacy and jumped over the counter, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
“They filled two duffel bags that they had brought with them with prescription medication,” he said. The robbers targeted painkillers and did not steal any cash. It was unclear how much medication they obtained.
Both robbers were last seen fleeing the store on foot, he said. No injuries were reported.
Police described both robbers as black men, between 25 and 30 years old, wearing all-dark clothing.
Investigators were in the process of checking area surveillance cameras for useful footage, Goodman said.
Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Northern California woman robbed in Pasadena on Christmas Eve


PASADENA >> Two men robbed a Northern California woman visiting Pasadena for the holidays at gunpoint on Christmas Eve, police said.
The robbery unfolded about 3:50 p.m. on Saturday in the 2800 block of East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman.
A 25-year-old Santa Clara woman was walking down the street when two robbers approached and one of the brandished a handgun, he said.
They demanded the woman’s money and cellphone, which she turned over.
The robbers then got into a dark-colored SUV, which sped away north on Sunnyslope Avenue, according to the lieutenant.
Police described the robbers as two Latino men between 20 and 25 years old. One stood 5 feet 10 inches tall, wore all dark clothing and carried a handgun. The second robber wore a beige trench coat and blue jeans.
Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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