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News Release

Tuesday, November 1, 2005

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Four Arrested In A String of Robberies

Los Angeles: On Monday, October 31, 2005, at about 10:30 p.m., four young men, two adults, and two juveniles,15 and 16 years of age, headed out on a crime spree consisting of six armed robberies throughout the West San Fernando Valley.

The target locations included three, 7/11 stores, two Arco AM/PM markets and one liquor store. A vehicle license plate was obtained and broadcasted to responding LAPD units.

After the sixth robbery, an LAPD patrol unit observed the suspects driving a newer model silver Ford Mustang near Covello Street and Jellico Avenue in the Van Nuys Area. The four suspects were taken into custody without incident and subsequently booked for armed robbery. Cash and the weapon used was recovered at the time of the arrest.

The string of robberies continued for over two hours and approximately $2200 dollars in cash was taken. Detectives are investigating this series of armed robberies as well as any previous robberies possibly related to this same team of suspects.

The adult arrestees are Zaniere Kowlessar, 19-years of age, and Albert Torres, 18- years of age.

For further questions you may contact Devonshire detectives at 818-832-1766 or West Valley detectives at 818-374-7730. On Weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).