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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Man found dead in hot tub in La Habra


LA HABRA >> An investigation is underway, though foul play is not initially suspected, after the body of a 25-year-old man was found face-down in a hot tub at a La Habra condominium and apartment complex on Friday night, officials said.
A resident of the complex called authorities after spotting an unresponsive man lying underwater in a hot tub at the complex in the 900 block of North Idaho Street, La Habra police Lt. Jeff Baylos said.
Officers pulled the man from the water, and he was soon pronounced dead, the lieutenant said.
There were no obvious signs of trauma on the body, he said. Foul play was not suspected, and the incident was being investigated as an apparent accident. The victim, who was not yet identified, was wearing sweat pants and no shirt when he was found.
The man’s cause of death will be determined through an examination by Orange County coroner’s officials, he said.
Anyone with information can reach La Habra police at 562-383-4300.

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La Habra man fatally struck by minivan identified


LA HABRA >> Authorities have identified a 42-year-old La Habra man who was struck and killed by a minivan while crossing Imperial Highway late Thursday.
Roberto Valdivia died at the scene of the 6:30 p.m. collision along in the 1000 block of West Imperial Highway, near Idaho Street, according to Orange County coroner’s records.
The driver of the involved minivan remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators, La Habra police officials said in a written statement. The cause of the collision remains under investigation.
Any witnesses, or anyone with information, is asked to contact the La Habra Police Department Traffic Unit at 562-383-4300.

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Man fatally struck by minivan along Imperial Highway in La Habra


LA HABRA >> A man died late Thursday after he was struck by a minivan along Imperial Highway in La Habra, authorities said.
The fatal collision was first reported about 6:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of West Imperial Highway, near Idaho Street, La Habra police officials said in a written statement.
“When officers arrived they found an unresponsive male adult lying in the roadway,” according to the statement. “Los Angeles County Fire Department paramedics arrived to treat the victim, but he was pronounced deceased at the scene.”
The driver of the vehicle, described in coroner’s records as a minivan, remained at the scene, police said. He and a passenger suffered no injuries.
“The cause of the collision is undetermined at this time, however, alcohol does not appear to be a factor,” the statement said.
Officials withheld the victim’s name Friday pending notification of his family.
Any witnesses, or anyone with information, is asked to contact the La Habra Police Department Traffic Unit at 562-383-4300.

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Man robbed at gunpoint at La Habra shopping center


LA HABRA >> Police are seeking a man who robbed another man at gunpoint in the parking lot of a La Habra shopping center late Saturday, officials said.
The crime unfolded shortly after 7 p.m. as the victim was walking through a parking lot of a shopping center in the 900 block of Harbor Boulevard, just north of Whittier Boulevard, La Habra police Sgt. Jeff Baylos said.
The robber approached the victim, brandished a handgun and demanded money, the sergeant said. The gunman then patted the victim down and grabbed about $200 in cash and a cell phone from his pocket.
Baylos said the robber was last seen getting in to a pickup truck, possibly a black Ford Ranger, which sped off.
Police described the robber as a Latino man, about 5 feet 2 inches tall, with long hair and wearing a hooded sweat shirt.
Anyone with information can reach La Habra police at 562-383-4300.

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La Habra man fatally shot by SWAT team following La Mirada standoff identified

The robbery suspect stands inside by himself with a shot up window as Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies surround an AMPM Arco gas station on Beach Boulevard at Hillsborough Drive in La Mirada on Monday November 21, 2016. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News/SCNG)

The robbery suspect stands inside by himself with a shot up window as Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies surround an AMPM Arco gas station on Beach Boulevard at Hillsborough Drive in La Mirada on Monday November 21, 2016. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News/SCNG)

LA MIRADA >> Coroner’s officials have released the identity of a 45-year-old La Habra man who was fatally shot by SWAT deputies following a 3-and-a-half-hour standoff at a La Mirada gas station early Tuesday morning.
Mark Daniel Sly died at the scene of the deputy-involved shooting, which took place just before 1 a.m. at the ampm convenience store and ARCO gas station at 13550 S. Beach Blvd., Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Assistant Chief of Operation Ed Winter said.
He fired at deputies at least twice during the standoff, which began with a report of a robbery in progress at the business, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
Deputies responding to the robbery encountered Sly, who matched the suspect description, standing at the front door of the convenience store armed with a handgun, Deputy Caroline Rodriguez of the sheriff’s Information Bureau said.
Sly refused commands to drop his gun and surrender, and deputies summoned a SWAT team and a crisis negotiation team to the scene.
At one point during the hours-long standoff, the suspect fired at deputies through a front window of the business, Rodriguez said.
A deputy returned fire through a window, but it was unclear of Sly was wounded in that exchange.
Sly exited the store with a handgun and again fired on SWAT deputies at 12:55 a.m., officials said. Deputies fired back, fatally wounding Sly.
The investigation remains ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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PHOTOS: Gunman robs same La Habra gas station twice

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LA HABRA >> Police are seeking a gunman who robbed the same La Habra has station twice in recent weeks and may be linked to additional robberies throughout the region, authorities said.
The robber struck Monday at the a Shell gas station, 101 E. Imperial Highway, and previously on Aug. 31 at the same service station, La Habra police Sgt. Jeff Baylos said.
“The suspects’ descriptions in both instances are similar, as are the circumstances surrounding each robbery,” La Habra police officials said in a written statement. “The suspect is still outstanding and the investigation is ongoing.”
In Monday’s crime, the gunman entered the business about 8 p.m., displayed a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded money from the clerk, police said. The robber fled with about $200 in cash.
He wore a brown fedora, sunglasses, white pants and a black-and-blue long-sleeve shirt during the heist.
The Aug. 31 robbery occurred in the same manner. In that case, the gunman wore sunglasses, a black baseball cap, a black jacket, blue jeans and white gloves. He locked the clerk in the station’s bathroom before fleeing with an undetermined amount of cash.
Police have released surveillance camera images of the suspect taken during the robberies in hopes a member of the public recognizes him.
Detectives were also looking into the possibility the same robber may be responsible for other similar crimes reported in nearby jurisdictions, Baylos said.
The robber is described as a 45- to 55-year-old man with a dark complexion, about 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall, between 200 and 230 pounds.
Anyone with information is asked contact La Habra police at 562-383-4300. Tips may also be submitted anonymously online at www.tip411.com.

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SURVEILLANCE photos courtesy of the La Habra Police Department

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Hacienda Heights man dies after motorcycle collides with pickup truck in La Habra


LA HABRA >> A La Habra man died late Friday following a crash between his motorcycle and a pickup truck on Harbor Boulevard in a La Habra, police said.
Dominic Alvarez, 26, died at Orange County Global Medical Center in Santa Anta less than three hours after the crash, which took place at 9:02 p.m. on Harbor Boulevard, just south of Whittier Boulevard, according to Orange County coroner’s records.
He was riding a motorcycle was involved in a collision with a pickup truck, La Habra police Sgt. Jeff Baylos said.
Two women who were riding as passengers in the pickup truck were treated for apparently minor injuries, officials said. The driver of the pickup, described only as male, was unhurt.
The cause and circumstances of the crash remained under investigation, officials said.
Anyone with information was urged to contact the La Habra Police Department’s Traffic Unit at 562-383-4300.

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La Habra pharmacy burglarized for second time in recent weeks


LA HABRA >> Burglars smashed their way into a La Habra Boulevard pharmacy late Wednesday for the second time in just over two weeks, authorities said.
The most recent break-in was reported about 10:30 p.m. at Central Drugs, 520 W. La Habra Blvd., La Habra police officials said in a written statement.
“Upon arrival, it was discovered that the front window had been smashed and entry made into the business,” according to the statement.
Officers search the building with help from Buena Park Police Department K-9s but found no suspects.
It was yet to be determined Thursday exactly what had been stolen from the pharmacy.
The same drug store was also the scene of another burglary on Aug. 16, police said at the time.
Three suspects were jailed in connection with that incident, and another escaped. Officers recovered allegedly stolen prescription painkillers from the suspects.

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