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Mid-City drugstores robbed by suspect wearing fake beard

A robbery suspect who hit three Mid-City-area drugstores within just days is shown in surveillance photos.

April 5, 2012 12:16:18 AM PDT
Police are trying to track down a man who robbed three drugstores in the Mid-City area just days apart.

Police say in at least one of the robberies, the suspect was spotting on surveillance footage wearing a fake beard.

The crime spree started March 21, when the suspect entered a drugstore in the 5500 block of Wilshire Boulevard and handed a worker a note indicating he had a gun and demanding to be taken to the store safe. The employee opened the safe and the suspect took the money and left the store.

Two days later, the same suspect entered another drugstore in the 5800 block of West Pico Boulevard and used the same note. This time, however, he lifted the front of his shirt, brandished a handgun in his waistband area and ordered the worker to open the safe. The suspect again took money from the safe and left the store. It was during this particular robbery that the store employee noticed the suspect had on a fake beard as a disguise.

Five days later, the same suspect entered another drugstore in the 5400 block of Wilshire Boulevard, used the same note, brandished a handgun in his waistband and threatened to shoot the employee if he did not open the safe. Again, the suspect took money from the safe and left the store.

The suspect is described as a black man, between 25 and 30 years old, between 6 feet and 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing about 180 pounds.

If you have any information regarding this investigation, you're urged to call the Los Angeles Police Department at (877) LAPD 24-7 or (877) 527-3427.


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