ARCADIA >> Two armed men helped themselves to money from a gas station cash register during a robbery along Huntington Drive late Wednesday, officials said.
The robbers were each armed with ha handgun about 10;30 p.m. when they barged into a 76 gas station at Huntington Drive and First Street, Arcadia police Lt. Mike Castro said.
“They ordered the clerk to open the cash register,” he said. “One suspect removed unknown amount (of cash) from the register.”
The woman working at the gas station was unhurt, Castro said.
The robbers were last seen running east through the parking lot, the lieutenant said. No getaway car was seen.
Police described both robbers as Latino men in their 30s.
One was of medium build, with brown eyes, thick eyebrows, and a mustache. He wore a dark shirt, a brown plaid jacket and jeans.
The second robber as of thin build wearing a black T-shirt and a gray beanie.
WEST COVINA >> A Rialto man is accused of robbing two teens at knifepoint in West Covina earlier this week, authorities said Thursday.
Police arrested Moises Ulloa, 26, Tuesday in Montclair in connection with Monday’s 4:35 p.m. robbery in the 1400 block of S. Orange Ave., West Covina police Cpl. Tim Rodgers said.
A teenage boy and girl were walking when Ulloa approached them, brandished a knife and demanded their property, the corporal said. The girl had no property to give, but the boy lost his wallet and other items to the knife-wielding robber.
Following the heist, the robber fled in a car, Rodgers said. The teenage boy ran after him and called 9-1-1, providing police with the license plate number of the getaway car.
West Covina police spotted the suspect’s car about 10:20 a.m. Tuesday in the parking lot of a Baldwin Park motel. Officers followed the car before ultimately stopping it on the 10 Freeway at Monte Vista Avenue in Montclair, Rodgers said. Ulloa surrendered without a struggle.
Police booked Ulloa on suspicion of robbery. He was released from custody Wednesday pending his initial court appearance after posting $50,000 bail.
WHITTIER >> Police jailed a man and woman on suspicion of robbery and drug possession after finding them driving around Whittier with ski masks, a fake gun, latex gloves and methamphetamine early Wednesday, officials said.
An officer noticed a “suspicious” SUV parked about 1:50 a.m. outside a Rite Aid Pharmacy store at the Quad at Whittier, at Painter Avenue and Whittier Boulevard, Whittier police Lt. Bryan Ellis said.
The officer waited until a man and woman emerged from the store and drove off in the SUV, then stopped the vehicle nearby for a traffic violation, the lieutenant said.
Inside the SUV, police found a replica Colt pistol, ski masks, latex gloves and about three grams of methamphetamine, Ellis said.
Police suspect the pair had either just committed, or was about to commit, a robbery, Ellis said.
The 33-year-old man and 29-year-old woman were jailed on suspicion of robbery and drug possession, he said. Their names were withheld Wednesday as detectives continued their investigation.
WEST COVINA >> A man fled with cash, cigarettes and lottery tickets after robbing a West Covina gas station Sunday, police said.
The crime took place about 5:25 p.m. at a 76 station at 123 N. Grand Ave., just north of the 10 Freeway, West Covina police Lt. Pat Cirrito said.
The robber pointed a silver semi-automatic pistol at a woman working behind the register and demanded money, the lieutenant said.
He also helped himself to two cartons of cigarettes and lottery tickets before running from the store.
Police described the robber as a Latino man between 18 and 22 years old, about 5 feet 5 inches tall, 130 to 150 pounds, wearing a black hat, a black shirt and black-and-white checkered shorts.
COVINA >> A man who reported being carjacked at gunpoint in Covina early Sunday ended up behind bars himself after police determined he made up the story, officials said.
Edward Romero, 30, of Azusa called police about 1:40 a.m. and reported he had been carjacked a little over an hour earlier while stopped at a red light at Azusa Avenue and Grondahl Street, Covina police Sgt. Tony Zavala said.
Romero told investigators two men were crossing the street and asked him for directions before pulling a gun and demanding his 1998 Honda Civic, Zavala said.
But as the investigation continued, the story fell apart, he said.
Romero ultimately admitted that he had lent his car to a friend, who had failed to return it, Zavala said.
Police arrested Romero on suspicion of filing a false police report, a misdemeanor. He was released with a citation, booking records show.
The car remained missing Sunday afternoon and was being treated as a stolen vehicle, he said.
SAN DIMAS >> A man used a knife to rob a San Dimas tobacco shop Saturday afternoon, authorities said.
The crime was reported shortly after 4 p.m. at the Club Smoke Shop, 633 W. Arrow Highway, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Tonya Edwards said.
The robber brandished a knife and demanded money from a clerk before fleeing with an undisclosed amount of cash, the lieutenant said.
He was described asa Latino man of about 25 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 170 pounds, wearing a black baseball cap, a black T-shirt and black-and-white plaid shorts.
Based on similar suspect descriptions and tactics, detectives were looking into the possibility the smoke shop robbery was carried out by the same man who robbed a Shell gas station Friday about two miles to the west at Arrow Highway and Sunflower Avenue in an unincorporated county area near Covina, Edwards said.
COVINA >> A knife-wielding man robbed a gas station Friday along Arrow Highway in an unincorporated county area near Covina Friday, officials said.
The robber entered a Shell gas station at Arrow Highway and Sunflower Avenue about 11:40 a.m., Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Nicole Davis said.
He walked behind the counter brandishing a folding knife and demanded money from the attendant, she said.
The clerk complied, and the robber fled with about $200 in cash, Davis said. The robber also took the receiver of the station’s cordless telephone, presumably to prevent the victim from calling for help.
Davis said the robber ordered the employee to lie on the ground and count to 20 as he fled from the gas station. He was last seen running north.
The robber was described as a Latino man in his early- to mid-20s, about 6 feet tall, 175 pounds, clean-shaven, with black hair and brown eyes. He wore a blue L.A. Dodgers baseball cap, a black T-shirt, beige shorts and black tennis shoes. He was armed with a silver folding knife with a blade of 3 to 4 inches long.
Anyone with information can contact the sheriff’s San Dimas Station at 909-450-2700.
PASADENA >> Police are seeking a man who punched and robbed a 9-year-old boy as he rode his bicycle to school on Thursday, officials said.
The crime took place about 7 a.m. Thursday, but the frightened boy did not tell his mother what had happened until Friday afternoon, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said. The mother notified police.
Mercado said the boy was riding his bike at Madison Avenue and Orange Grove Boulevard when the robber, estimated to be 17 or 18 years old, approached, the lieutenant said.
“The suspect confronted the victim and demanded the victim’s lunch money,” Mercado said. “When the victim refused, he was punched in the face.”
The boy was dazed by the blow, Mercado said. When he gathered himself, he found his backpack ad been ransacked and his belongings were strewn about the floor. The boy was unsure what items had been stolen.
The boy rushed to school but did not report the robbery out of fear, Mercado said. When his mother asked him about his swollen eye, he told her he had fallen off his bicycle.
But the mother noticed the black eye got worse the following day and again questioned her son about the injury, Mercado said. The boy then told his mother about the attack and robbery.
Police described the robber as a black man of about 17 or 18 years old, of average height and build, clean-shaven, with a long Afro-style hair combed to the side. He wore a gray hooded sweatshirt and gray shorts, as well as a long silver chain around his neck.
ROSEMEAD >> Two masked men, one of them toting a shotgun, carried out a robbery at a Rosemead auto parts store late Friday, officials said.
The heist unfolded just before 9 p.m. at AutoZone, at Temple City and Valley boulevards, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Mark Reyes said.
The men demanded money from the store’s register, as well as an employee’s wallet, he said.
Initial reports from the scene indicated tools were also stolen in the heist.
The robbers were last seen running south form the store toward Valley Boulevard. No getaway car was seen.
Deputies conducted a lengthy search following the robbery but did not find the culprits, officials said.
A detailed suspect description was not available.
CERRITOS >> Deputies jailed an alleged bandit Friday after he used a fake bomb to rob a Cerritos bank, authorities said.
Deputies first responded about 9:30 a.m. to reports of a robbery at a bank branch in the 11300 block of South Street, Lt. Martin Rodriguez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau said in a written statement.
“A lone male adult had entered the bank, demanding money, and claimed he had an explosive device on him inside a plastic bag,” Rodriguez said.
The robber obtained a “moderate amount” of cash and left the purported bomb inside the bank near a row of tellers before fleeing, the lieutenant said.
Officials evacuated the bank and summoned a bomb squad to examine the device, who found it contained to explosives.
Deputies found and detained a man matching the robber’s description about two hours later, around the corner at 195th Street and Pioneer Boulevard, Rodriguez said.
Witnesses identified the detained man as the robber, and money believed to have been stolen in the heist was found in his possession, officials said. He was booked on suspicion of bank robbery, making criminal threats and making a bomb threat. Bail was set at $100,000.
Detectives withheld the suspect’s name Friday, “as investigators look into the potential for additional similar robberies committed by the suspect,” Rodriguez said.
The FBI has joined sheriff’s officials in the investigation.