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Two men wanted for robbing Venice IHOP restaurant

April 21, 2010 |  2:22 pm

Two men this week wanted more than pancakes from a Venice-area IHOP restaurant when they were captured on security video robbing the eatery at gunpoint.

Investigators say the pair walked into the restaurant at 4070 Lincoln Blvd. about 5:20 a.m. April 13. Once inside, one of the men, carrying a chrome handgun, threatened to shoot a female cashier and demanded money. The suspect then ordered the clerk to hand over the register key.

Both men walked to the cash register, opened it and removed cash from the drawer. The gunman then turned to the cashier and demanded she turn over any money she had. They took her money and cellphone before fleeing on foot.

The security video shows one suspect to be a 17- or 18-year-old black male, about 5-feet-8 and 150 pounds. He was wearing a gray, hooded sweatshirt with “Big Homie” written across the front and gray pants.

His accomplice was a black male of the same age, height and weighing about 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt, black pants and a black beanie.

Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call LAPD robbery detectives at (310) 482-6396.

-- Richard Winton