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Two busted in Craigslist robberies

December 14, 2010 |  5:05 pm

The price seemed like a steal. As it turned out, it was, Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies said Tuesday.

Two Santa Clarita residents responding to a Craigslist ad for a camera were robbed in Hollywood Nov. 20 by three suspects who blocked their vehicle and took all their personal belongings, including their cellphones and cash for the camera.

The men wore ski masks and fled in a black BMW with no license plates. Deputies initially had little to go on except for the missing cellphones.

In the ensuing weeks, detectives found a similar incident that took place in the North Hollywood area, investigated by Los Angeles police.

Electronic communications were used to identify a potential suspect. That led authorities to the vehicle used in the crime and the arrest Dec. 3 of Talin Shahin, 25, of North Hollywood on suspicion of robbery.

Aram Damirjian, 27, of Canyon Country was arrested Dec. 7 just after he appeared in a San Fernando courtroom on an unrelated marijuana case.

During a search of Damirjian's residence in the 28200 block of Winterdale Drive, sheriff's investigators found evidence of a robbery as well as a marijuana growing operation in the garage that included 90 marijuana plants.

Damirjian, who is free on bail, faces charges of drug cultivation in addition to robbery. Shahin is being held without bail at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Century Regional Detention Facility and is due in court Dec. 30.

Sheriff's detectives said they are seeking an unidentified male suspect believed to have participated in the robbery. Anyone with information regarding this crime or the outstanding suspect is asked to call the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's station at (661) 799-5141.

-- Andrew Blankstein