PASADENA >> A woman lost her purse to a robber on a bicycle Wednesday afternoon, police said.
The woman, 19, was walking at Oakland Avenue and Orange Grove Boulevard about 3:20 p.m. when the robber snatched her purse as he passed by on a bicycle, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said. Inside the leather purse was $6, the victim’s ID and some credit cards.
Police searched the area but did not find the suspect, Luna said. The woman was not hurt.
PASADENA >> Police jailed a man Baldwin Park man Tuesday after he abandoned an attempted bank robbery in Pasadena and fled empty-handed, authorities said.
John Raymond Celaya, 55, was arrested in connection with the alleged failed heist and was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
The crime took place just after 5:30 p.m. at a Chase branch at Colorado Boulevard and Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena police Lt. Kelly Evans said.
Celaya handed a teller a note demanding cash and stating that he had a gun, Evans said. But he apparently became nervous and fled from the bank without receiving any money.
Officers found Celaya nearby at Central Park and arrested him once he was identified via witnesses and surveillance footage as the suspect.
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COVINA >> A gunman carjacked a man in Covina, ordered the victim to drive him a short distance, then fled with the victim’s car early Friday, police said.
The crime took place about 12:15 a.m. after a South Bay man in his mid-30s had just dropped off a friend in the 1100 block of North Sunflower Avenue, Covina police Sgt. Rob Bobkiewicz said. The victim was returning to his vehicle, a white, 2012 Kia Sportage SUV, when the carjacker approached and asked for a ride.
When the victim refused, the carjacker pulled a handgun and got into the SUV’s passenger seat, the sergeant said. When the SUV reached the area of Citrus Avenue and Covina Boulevard about two miles to the west, the gunman ordered the driver out of his SUV. The victim’s wallet and cell phone were also stolen.
The carjacker fled in the vehicle as the victim walked to a nearby business to call for help.
PICO RIVERA >> A man fled with cash after robbing a Whittier Boulevard bank branch Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.
The bank robbery occurred about 1 p.m. at the Bank of the West, at Whittier and Rosemead boulevards, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Scott Chapman said.
A man handed a teller a note demanding money before fleeing with an unknown amount, the sergeant said.
Deputies described the robber as a Latino man of about 40 years old, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and of medium build. He had a salt and pepper mustache and a tattoo on his left neck and shoulder area. He wore a black and blue Yankees cap, sunglasses, a white T-shirt and blue jeans. He was last seen on Rosemead Boulevard on foot.
WEST COVINA >> A man robbed a woman of her purse at gunpoint in the parking lot of a grocery store at the Eastland Center early Sunday, police said.
The robber drove up to the 53-year-old woman about 9:35 a.m. as she walked in the parking lot of Albertons, located inside the shopping center at Workman Avenue and Citrus Street, West Covina police Lt. Dennis Patton said.
While still seated in the driver seat of his car, the robber brandished a semi-automatic handgun and demanded the woman’s purse, Patton said. “Out of fear, she complied.”
The woman suffered no injuries, Patton said. A detailed description of the robber or his car was not available.
DUARTE >> Three men carjacked a man at gunpoint in the parking lot of a Duarte Walmart store Friday evening, officials said.
The crime occurred shortly after 7:30 p.m. in the parking lot at 1600 Mountain Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Tony Haynes said.
The victim, a man of about 30, was approached by three men who brandished a gun and demanded his car, the sergeant said. The carjackers fled in the victim’s silver Acura sedan.
No injuries were reported. A suspect description was not available.
PASADENA >> Two men attacked and robbed an elderly coin shop clerk Thursday, fleeing with a loaded revolver and about $15,000 worth of cash and collectible coins, police said.
The crime occurred about 5:50 p.m. at Universal Coin Galleries, 1190 E. Walnut Street, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
Two robbers entered the store and one of the distracted the clerk, an 81-year-old man, Luna said.
“The second suspect wrestled the victim over the counter and onto the floor,” the lieutenant said.
Luna said the victim was wearing a handgun, which the robbers stole. They also helped themselves to cash and coins before fleeing the store on foot.
The robbers were last seen running east along Walnut Avenue toward Hill Avenue, Luna said. No getaway car was seen.
Police said the elderly victim, a Glendora man, suffered injuries including cuts and bruises, but declined to be taken to a hospital. Officers conducted an “extensive search,” but did not find the suspects, Luna said.
Both robbers were described as white or possibly Russian men in their early-20s, Luna said. They had a backpack with them. One stood about 5 feet 10 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall and was of slender, muscular build. The other stood 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall.
PASADENA >> An employee of a Pasadena home accessory store lost her $8,000 Rolex watch to a robber Wednesday afternoon, police said.
The victim, a 55-year-old Pasadena woman, was working about 12:30 p.m. at Salutations Home, 900 Granite Drive, when the robber made his move, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
“She was standing inside of the front door when the suspect approached and forcible removed her wristwatch,” Luna said. The woman suffered no injuries.
The watch turned out to be a Rolex, valued at about $8,000, he said.
The robber was last seen running southeast through a parking lot, Luna said. Police described him as a Latino man between 20 and 30 years old, of medium build, with a reddish-colored complexion and a mustache.
SAN DIMAS >> A wigged and bearded bandit robbed a San Dimas Boot Barn store Sunday afternoon, officials said.
The robbery took place about 1:20 p.m. at the store, 659 W. Arrow Highway, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Lyndon Dancel said.
There were conflicting witnesses accounts as to whether the robber was armed with a handgun or merely motioned as if he had one when he entered the shoe store and demanded money, Dancel said.
After obtaining several hundred dollars from the store’s register, Dancel said the robber got into a charcoal gray, full-size pickup truck with two other male suspects waiting inside, the sergeant said. The truck was last seen heading west on Bonita Avenue.
None of the four employees working inside the store were hurt, he added.
According to initial reports from the scene, the robber was about 18 to 25 years old, with tattoos on his neck. He wore a gray wig and a gray beard, though it was not immediately clear whether the beard was genuine or part of the robber’s disguise. He wore blue jeans and a baseball cap during the heist.
PASADENA >> Police arrested a Pasadena man already sought for robbing one woman after he robbed another woman early Sunday, authorities said.
Tredon Marquis Thomas, 22, was booked on suspicion of robbery and was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
After approaching on a bicycle, Thomas used a water hose nozzle to simulate a handgun as he confronted a man and woman in their 20s about 12:05 a.m. at Del Mar Boulevard and Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said. He demanded property from the victims.
The woman threw her purse at the robber and ran, Mercado said. Thomas took the purse and rode off on his bicycle.
The victims called 9-1-1, and officers soon spotted Thomas nearby in the area of Colorado Boulevard and Oak Knoll, the lieutenant said. Police arrested him following a brief foot chase.
In addition to Sunday morning’s crime, Thomas is also accused of robbing a woman of her cell phone about 1:20 p.m. Friday in the 100 block of North Meredith Avenue, police said.