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News Release

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Media Relations

Masked Robbers Steal Money from Church Employees NR12555rf

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Department Van Nuys Area detectives are asking for the public’s help to apprehend two men who robbed two employees of a local church who were transporting money.

On Dec. 3, 2012, at about 3:30 p.m., three suspects drove a compact vehicle into a parking lot at Church on the Way on Sherman Way in Van Nuys, got out of their car and confronted the employees as they transported money for the church.  The masked robbers also hit one employee on the head as they removed cash from the employees’ vehicle.  The suspects then returned to their car driven by the third suspect.

After the robbery, the suspects drove south from the location.  The only description of their  vehicle is a grey, four-door compact with a dealer paper plate on the rear.

The suspects are described as 25- to 30-year-old males of unknown ethnicity standing about 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing about 130 pounds.  All were wearing dark clothing.

Detectives have few leads on the investigation and urge anyone with information to call Detective O’Shea at 818-374-0087 or Detective Flores 818-374-0079.  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, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips.”