Friday, February 03, 2012
Long Beach Police hunt for robbery suspect hitting food and convenience stores on Orange, Broadway and Orizaba
The Long Beach Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a robbery suspect wanted in connection with three armed robberies to businesses occurring in the southeast area of Long Beach since last night.
In each of the incidents the suspect enters the business and demands cash, while showing a handgun. ...Once he gets the cash, he exits the business and flees on a bicycle. It appears that the suspect is acting alone, and so far no one has been injured.
The suspect has been described as a white male between 20-30 years of age, having light brown or dirty blonde hair, and standing 5’10 to 6’3" tall with an athletic build.
The robberies have occurred at the following times and locations:
2/2/2012, 10:34 p.m., to a convenience store in the 200 block of Orange Avenue (Orange Avenue at Broadway)
2/2/2012, 11:04 p.m. to a food establishment in the 3100 block of Broadway (Broadway near Orizaba Avenue)
2/3/2012, 9:28 a.m. to a food establishment in the 400 Block of Obispo Avenue (Obispo near 4th Street)
Business owners and employees are urged to practice the following safety tips:
·Keep windows of the business clear of advertising material and decorations, which can screen an intruder from outside view. Avoid working alone, and have a phone that is easily accessible inside the business.
·Calling 9-1-1 from a landline phone and leaving it off the hook summons the police to your location.
·Excess cash should be transferred from the cash register frequently, and cash registers should be emptied every night.
·Surveillance cameras should be maintained and camera lenses cleaned routinely, and checking footage regularly can ensure equipment is working properly.
·Train employees on how to retrieve video footage, the sooner detectives are able to obtain footage, the better chance they have of apprehending a suspect.
·Parking areas around business should be well-lit and covered by video surveillance that is able to record in color and able to show numbers clearly, such as those on license plates. Digital systems are very effective.
Anyone who may have any information regarding these crimes is urged to contact Long Beach Police Department Robbery Detective Don Collier at (562) 570-5537. Tips may also be submitted anonymously via text or e-mail by visitingwww.tipsoft.com. If you see the suspect or know of his whereabouts, please call 9-1-1 immediately.
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