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2 wanted for Koreatown food truck robberies

January 5, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Surveillance cameras have caught two men believed to be responsible for two different food truck robberies recently in Koreatown.One food truck camera next to the cash register shows a suspect wielding a high-caliber revolver pointing it inside the truck. He takes the tip jar, but returns to unplug the camera.

Los Angeles is known as the food truck capital of the U.S., but they are a cash business and they're open late, which makes them vulnerable to thieves.

"This has happened over the years a significant amount of times," said Sgt. Mitzi Grasso, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department.

Grasso said one robbery happened at about 10:30 p.m. on Dec. 29 in the 3200 block of 8th Street. Two thieves walked up to a food truck and robbed two customers at gunpoint.

"While one suspect was robbing the two pedestrians, the second suspect actually went inside the truck and robbed the truck employee of all of his possessions," Grasso said.

About 20 minutes later, the same two suspects robbed another food truck at Vermont Avenue and 3rd Street.

"We're all scared but we have to make our living, there aren't that many jobs," said Evelyn Rodriguez an employee of the Flaming Taco Truck.

The suspects are described as black men between 20 and 25 years old, about 5-foot-6 and each weighing around 150 pounds. One of them had long, braided hair.

Anyone with information on this case urged to call police at (877) 527-3247