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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

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Can You ID the Oceans Eleven Bandit? NR17211ti

Canoga Park. Los Angeles detectives have release video of a man who committed an armed take-over robbery at a sunglass retailer where the suspect sprayed painted over security cameras, then ordered the clerk to fill trash bags full of designer sunglasses, getting away with over $10,000 in merchandise and cash.

"I can't remember a robbery so brazen," said Detective Fernando Avila, robbery investigator at the Topanga Police Station. "Most crooks try to disguise their faces and don't worry about the cameras, but this crook took a different approach, like a scene out of Oceans Eleven.

The robbery took place at the Village Shopping Center on Topanaga Boulevard on the morning of July 6, 2017.

Despite the suspect's best efforts, detectives got clear footage of the suspect outside the store, carrying several trash bags full of loot. This footage was part of the mall's security system. "The reality is; today, you can't go anywhere without leaving your image behind," Detective Avila explained.

The suspect is described as White, possibly Middle Eastern, about 6 feet tall, medium build, and 25 to 30 years old. He wore a backward baseball cap and carried a duffel bag. "Anyone who knows this man should be able to recognize him easily," Detective Avila added. The suspect displayed a compact semi-auto handgun and a knife during the robbery. The female clerk was not injured in the robbery.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call Detective Fernando Avila, Topanga Detective, at (818) 756-3520. 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 the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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