Masked gunman sought in West Whittier motel robbery


WEST WHITTIER >> A masked man made off with several hundred dollars after holding up a West Whittier motel clerk at gunpoint, officials said.
The crime unfolded about 9:45 a.m. at Motel 6, 8211 Pioneer Blvd., in the unincorporated county area, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. William Morris said.
The robber entered the office of the motel, brandished a handgun and demanded money from a man working behind the counter, the sergeant said.
After obtaining several hundred dollars, the robber ran from the business and was last seen heading north along Pioneer Boulevard.
He was described as a man of unknown race, about 5 feet 9 inches tall, 190 pounds, wearing a ski mask, sunglasses and gloves, Morris said.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station at 562-949-2421. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Man robs Pasadena bank branch; unclear if linked to serial bandit


PASADENA >> A man carried out a robbery at a Pasadena bank branch on Saturday afternoon, authorities said.
The crime took place about 12:30 p.m. at Chase, at Colorado and Sierra Madre boulevards, Pasadena police Lt. William Grisafe said.
The robber entered the bank and handed a teller a note demanding money before fleeing with cash, he said. No weapon was seen during the crime, and no injuries were reported.
The robber was initially described as a white man, possibly in his 30s, with an unshaven face.
Investigators were looking into the possibility that the robber was the same bandit sought in connection with two bank robberies on Wednesday in South Pasadena and Burbank, according to the lieutenant. But Saturday’s bank heist had not been formally linked to Wednesday’s crimes.
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.

PHOTO: Police and FBI officials are seeking the man and vehicle pictured in these surveillance photos in connection with bank robberies in Burbank and South Pasadena on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. (Courtesy, Burbank Police Department)

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Man attacked and robbed along Rosemead Blvd. in Temple City


TEMPLE CITY >> Three men attacked another man and threatened him with a handgun before robbing him of his wallet in Temple City on Thursday afternoon, authorities said.
The crime unfolded about 1:55 p.m. at Rosemead Boulevard and Pentland Street, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. John McClure said.
A man was approached by three robbers, he said. One of them punched the victim in the stomach, pointed a handgun at his head and demanded his wallet, the lieutenant said.
The victim complied, and the robbers fled with his wallet. The victim did not wish to be taken to a hospital.
McClure described the gunman as a white man, accompanied by two black men.
Sheriff’s radio traffic further described the suspects as a white man in his 40s, wearing white shirt and black pants; a black man in his 20s, bald, with a goatee; and a black man of thin build, wearing a gray shirt and black pants, with tattoos on his right forearm.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Temple Station at 626-285-7171. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Bandit sought in bank robberies in South Pasadena, Burbank

Police and federal agents are hunting for a man who robbed banks in South Pasadena and Burbank on Wednesday afternoon.
The bandit first carried out a heist in Burbank about 4:20 p.m. before turning up at another bank branch 15 miles away in south Pasadena 45 minutes later, according to Burbank and South Pasadena police officials.
In both crimes, the robber handed tellers notes demanding cash, officials said. No weapons were seen during the robberies.
The first crime occurred at the U.S. Bank, 1750 W. Olive Ave., Burbank police Sgt. Derek Green said in a written statement.
“He approached a bank teller and passed a note demanding cash, threatening to harm people inside the bank if his demands were not met,” Green said. “Fearing for his safety and the safety of others, the bank teller provided the suspect with the money.”
Police said the robber was believed to have fled the area in a black Ford Flex with an undisclosed amount of cash.
The bandit then showed up shortly after 5 p.m. at a Wells Fargo branch, 1000 Fair Oaks Ave. in South Pasadena.
Again, the robber handed a teller a note demanding cash, South Pasadena police Sgt. Spencer Louie said.
The female teller handed over several thousand dollars, and the robber was last seen exiting the bank.
Police described the serial robbers a man, possibly of Armenian descent, of about 5 feet 10 inches tall and 200 pounds. He wore a white long-sleeve shirt, a gray baseball cap with a white stripe along the brim and aviator-style sunglasses. He had a short beard and mustache.
The Ford Flex seen in connection with the Burbank robbery was black, with a silver top, a moonroof and aluminum paneling on the sides.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Burbank police detectives at 818-238-3210 or South Pasadena police at 626-403-7270. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

PHOTOS courtesy of the Burbank Police Department.

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72-year-old bicyclist robbed at gunpoint near Irwindale


Two men robbed a 72-year-old man riding his bike home from a doctor’s appointment at gunpoint on Tuesday in an unincorporated county area between Covina and Irwindale, authorities said.
A 72-year-old man was riding home on a bicycle following a doctor’s appointment about 11:10 a.m. when two robber approached him in a silver Toyota compact car at Irwindale Avenue and Queenside Drive, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Thomas Reid said.
The car pulled in front of the bicyclist, blocking his path, he said. The driver pointed a handgun at the senior citizen and demanded he turn over a backpack he was carrying.
A passenger emerged from the car and took the victim’s backpack, which contained credit cards and other personal items, according to the lieutenant. Both robbers then fled in their car.
The gunman was described as a Latino man in his 30s with black hair. No description of the second robber was available.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s San Dimas Station at 909-450-2700. Tips may also be submitted anonymously online to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Failed robbers shoot at victims in Uptown Whittier


WHITTIER >> A man and woman fought off two would-be robbers and briefly chased after them before one of the fleeing bandits fired gunshots at them, but missed, in Uptown Whittier late Saturday, police said.
The crime unfolded shortly after 8:15 p.m. in the parking lot of the DoubleTree by Hilton, 7320 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier police Lt. Bryan Ellis said.
A man and women in their 20s were in the parking lot when two men approached them and demanded property from the woman, he said.
The intended victims were able to fight off the men and chased after the fleeing crooks as they ran through a nearby parking structure, according to the lieutenant.
“One of the suspects turned around and fired two shot,” Ellis said. The bullets did not strike the victims.
The attackers were last seen exiting the parking structure and fleeing down Bright Avenue, he said. A detailed suspect description was not available.
Anyone with information can reach Whittier police at 562-567-9200. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Gunman robs Whittier Big Lots store


WHITTIER >> A masked gunman fled with cash after holding up a Big Lots store in Whittier on Friday night, police said.
The crime took place just before 8:30 p.m. at the store, 13241 Whittier Blvd., Whittier police Lt. Bryan Ellis said.
A man wearing a mask and brandishing a handgun entered the store and demanded cash from an employee, the lieutenant said.
The robber fled with a bag full of cash taken from a cash register, he said.
A detailed suspect description was not available as detectives continued investigating the incident, Ellis said.
No injuries were reported.
Anyone with information can reach Whittier police at 562-567-9200. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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San Marino woman robbed in Pasadena


PASADENA >> Police in Pasadena are seeking a man who robbed a woman of her purse as she sat in her car on Thursday afternoon.
The crime took place about 1:35 p.m. in the 300 block of North Arroyo Boulevard, near the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center, Pasadena police officials said.
“The victim was sitting in her car with the windows down,” Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado. The victim was a San Marino resident in her mid-50s.
“The suspect reached into the passenger side and began to take her purse,” he said. The woman tried to hold onto her bag, leading to a brief “tug-of-war” before the robber managed to pull the purse away from her. He was last seen fleeing the area on foot. The woman was unhurt.
He was described as a Latino man in his early-20s, 5 feet 11 inches tall, of thin build, wearing a blue T-shirt and blue shorts. He had tattoos on his arms and his neck.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Pasadena police at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously online to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Teen girls accused of pepper spraying man during iPhone robbery in Covina


COVINA >> Police arrested two of three teenage girls who they say pepper sprayed a man while robbing him of his cell phone in Covina before attempting an ill-fated getaway by boarding a bus on Sunday afternoon, officials said.
The robbery took place about 12:30 p.m. in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant at Azusa Avenue and Cypress Street, Covina police Sgt. Antonio Zavala said.
A 47-year-old Azusa man was sitting in his car when two teenage girls approached his car on the driver side and asked him for a ride, the sergeant said.
While the victim was distracted by the two teens, a third young women reached into his car and snatched his iPhone from the center console of his car, officials said.
The man chased after the three girls. When he caught up with them and confronted him about the theft, one of the young robbers pulled out pepper spray and sprayed the man in the face, Zavala said. The girls managed to get away with the phone.
But the victim spotted the girls about an hour later, getting onto a bus at Citrus Avenue and Cypress Street, Zavala said. Police stopped the bust and detained three girls.
Two of the girls were arrested after the victim identified them as the girl who snatched his phone and the girl who pepper sprayed him, according to Zavala. They were described as a 14-year-old Covina girl and a 17-year-old Pasadena girl.
A third girl who accompanied the two suspects was not arrested, as the victim was not able to confirm she was involved in the incident.
Police recovered the victim’s phone from one of the girls, he added.

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Police: Trio linked to eight robberies in Pasadena

PASADENA >> Two men and a teenage boy are accused of a string of at eight strong-arm robberies over the course of two days last week, police announced Thursday.
Police responded to eight reports of robberies on April 27 and 28 in which victims were assaulted and robbed of their personal items, such as wallets, purses, cellphones and iPads, Pasadena police officials said in a written statement.
“Preliminary information suggested the same suspects may be responsible for the numerous street robberies as the descriptions of the suspects were very similar,” according to the statement. “Robbery detectives investigating the events immediately focused on the cases and developed leads resulting in the identity of three individuals responsible for the robbery spree.”
Police found and arrested Tyrek Adam, 19, of Pomona within Pasadena about 4 p.m. on Wednesday, police said. Officers found and arrested Calvin Mosley, 18, of Pasadena within the city on Wednesday night.
And officers found the third suspect, a 17-year-old Pasadena boy, in Pasadena about noon on Thursday, police said.
All three were expected to face robbery charges.
“Detectives successfully recovered some of the property,” according to the statement.
The two adult suspects were being held in lieu of $350,000 bail pending their initial court appearances, officials said. The 17-year-old suspect was taken to a juvenile hall.
“The Pasadena Police Department reminds citizens to be aware of their surroundings, especially while using their cellphones, and to promptly report any suspicious activity to the police department,” the statement said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Pasadena police at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously online to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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