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Authorities search for robbers who made a Gold Line getaway

November 17, 2009 | 10:14 am

Scarcely two days after its debut, the new Eastside leg of Los Angeles' rail system has already been used for more than commuting.

On Monday night, it was broken in as a getaway vehicle.

Authorities this morning are looking for more information about two robbers who swiped a cellphone and used the new train line to escape from Little Tokyo.

After snatching a woman's cellphone from an outside table at the Green Bamboo restaurant at Central Avenue and 2nd Street about 10:15 p.m. Monday, two men took off running toward the Little Tokyo / Arts District Station around the corner, said Los Angeles Police Det. Al Rasch.

The suspects, both Latino, boarded a train bound for Union Station, according to officials of Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, which patrols Metro stations.

The six-mile extension to the Gold Line, which runs from downtown to East Los Angeles, opened to the public Sunday to much fanfare, opening up new a new option for those dependent on public transit -- even thieves, apparently.

-- Tony Barboza

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