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.