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Suspects posed as security guards in Trader Joe's robbery

August 13, 2011 |  8:55 am

Los Angeles police said suspects involved in a string of Westside robberies sometimes posed as security guards.

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 individuals entered the store wearing shirts with "Security" written on the back. They were also armed with handguns, according to a police statement.

One man 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.

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

Another robbery occurred Tuesdayabout 8:50 p.m. at the Overland Liquor Store at Overland Avenue and Charnock Road. One man wore the same outfit as in the Trader Joe's robbery and was armed with a revolver. A second man 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 Blvd.

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 can remain anonymous.

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-- Ruben Vives


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