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Police seek at least 3 suspects in Westside robberies

August 12, 2011 |  6:22 pm

Los Angeles police are looking for three or more suspects involved in at least three store robberies over the last few days in West Los Angeles.

Robbery detectives say the suspects typically enter the businesses wearing black ski masks and gloves. In one case, a second suspect wore a white jacket and blue jeans. Witnesses have seen the suspects flee in a white or dark-colored four-door car.

All three robberies have occurred in the Palms area.

Based on eyewitness accounts, police have described the suspects as three black males, all between 18 to 25 years of age, weighing between 160 to 180 pounds and 5 feet 10 inches tall.

In the most recent robbery, which occurred Wednesday about 9:45 p.m. at Trader Joe's at National Boulevard and Midvale Avenue, all three masked suspects entered the store wearing shirts with "Security" written on the back. They were also armed with handguns, according to a police statement.

One suspect pointed a handgun at the manager, who was counting money behind a podium. The other suspects grabbed money from the cashiers, then all three fled in a dark-colored vehicle parked in the store's parking lot.

The second robbery occurred Aug. 9 about 8:50 p.m. at the Overland Liquor Store at Overland Avenue and Charnock Road. One suspect wore the same outfit as in the Trader Joe's robbery and was armed with a revolver. A second suspect is seen on a surveillance video wearing a white jacket, blue jeans and white gloves.

The suspects fled south on Overland Avenue to Charnock Road and got into a white, four-door, unknown model car with a sunroof.

The first robbery occurred Aug. 6 about 8:20 p.m. at Bob's Market at 1000 National Boulevard.

Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call Pacific Area detectives at (310) 482-6392 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. Callers may remain anonymous.

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