LAPD SubHeaders 08
valley bureau breadcrumb arrow mission community police station breadcrumb arrow mission news
 
STATION INFO
 
STAY INFORMED
 
HELP FIGHT CRIME
 
HOME
 
CRIME MAPPING
 
EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION
 
E-POLICING
 
JOIN THE TEAM
 
LAPD BLOG
 
LAPD EQUIPMENT
 
LAPD SPORTS
 
LAPD TV
 
NEWSROOM
 
OUR COMMUNITIES
 
POLICE COMMISSION
 
REPORT A CRIME
 
SOLVE A CRIME
 
SPECIAL ASSISTANT FOR CONSTITUTIONAL POLICING
 
SUPPORT LAPD
 
TRAFFIC
 
INSIDE THE LAPD
 
GET INFORMED
 
Alarm School
 
Contact Us
 
Crime Mapping and COMPSTAT
 
Crime Prevention
 
Domestic Violence
 
FAQs
 
For Your Family
 
Gang Injunctions
 
I Want to Know
 
LAPD General Fund Contracts
 
LAPD Adult Missing Persons Unit
 
Most Wanted
 
Read the Beat Magazine
 
Social Media
 
Sworn and Civilian Report
 
Trademark
 
Year in Review
 
Youth Programs
FILE A
COMMENDATION
OR COMPLAINT

translation logo: globe with lapd badge
 

Disclaimer:
The LAPDonline.org® website has made reasonable efforts to provide an accurate translation. However, no automated or computerized translation is perfect and is not intended to replace human or traditional translation methods. The official text is the English version of the LAPDonline.org® website. If any questions arise concerning the accuracy of the information presented by the translated version of the website, please refer to the English edition of the website, which is the official version.

 

News Release
Monday, April 21, 2014
Media Relations
   
   
Identify Cell Phone Store Bandits NR14152pv

North Hills:  Detectives are asking the public’s help in identifying pictures of two of three suspects who robbed a North Hills cell phone store, March 21, 2014, making off with several Samsung and Apple smartphones.

“These guys are brazen and determined,” explained Lt. Paul Vernon, commanding officer of the Mission Detective Division.  “They clearly had a plan, with one acting as a lookout and the other two cutting security cables.”

The after-market value and popularity of smartphones has led to them eclipsing money as the top thing crooks are looking for when committing thefts and robberies.  Street robberies of cell phones are, in some weeks, more common that money robberies.  “The demand and price of these phones makes them easy to sell second-hand online to people who want a deal and don’t care the item they are buying is stolen,” Lt. Vernon said.  “Someone might pay $300 to $400 for a phone on Craigslist, but how many people are walking down the street with $300 cash in their hand.  So stealing a smartphone out of someone’s hand or from a store is like stealing gold and just as easy to sell.”

Two of the three robbers’ faces were captured on cameras at the T-Mobile Store last March.  While the men entered the store and went straight to cutting cables and taking the phones, they did not hesitate to simulate they had guns and threaten employees once confronted, making the crime a robbery.  The two suspects pictured were wearing hoodies.  All three were Black and in their mid 20s.  They got away in a 90s model white Pontiac sedan.

Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Det. Chris Rodriguez, Mission Robbery detectives, at (213) 838-9964. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247).  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips.”


     
 Follow @LAPDHQ  LAPD on Facebook
 Follow @lapolicefdtn
 
contact us  /  terms & conditions  /  los angeles police foundation
 
+ Powered By Radar Blue | © 2014 City of Los Angeles
 
Los Angeles Police Foundation Los Angeles Police Foundation