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4 wanted for Palmdale home robberies

January 25, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Detectives are looking for four masked men believed to be connected to three home invasion robberies in Palmdale within the last week.

Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives said 24-year-old James Edward Rollins may be one of those men. However, they have not said why he is believed to be a suspect.

The third and latest robbery took place about 2 a.m. Tuesday in the 1900 block of Upper Court. Investigators said four suspects broke into the home wearing ski masks and dark clothing.

A woman who lives at the home said she heard loud bangs as suspects kicked in her front door. She said she heard someone yelling, identifying themselves as part of the Palmdale sheriff's department and to get on the floor.

"Of course you're going to hit the floor because you're thinking it's the police," said the woman, who did not want to be identified. "They started hitting on my oldest son and just busted him in the back of the head. He got eight (stitches) to the back of his head."

Investigators said as far as they are aware the suspects only broke into the one home identifying themselves as part of the sheriff's department.

Detectives said they do not believe the suspects are routinely posing as deputies in the robberies.

"They are not wearing uniforms, they are not dressed like law enforcement," said Dep. Robbie Royster of the sheriff's department.

Royster said that in all three cases, they were dressed in dark clothing and wearing ski masks. All three of the home invasions were similar in nature. They all have the same amount of suspects.

Royster said they enter the home the same way, as well.

"They herd everybody into one room," he said. "They all use duct tape. In all three times, they've only gotten costume jewelry, a little bit of money.

In the most recent robbery, they stole two TVs, Royster said.

Detectives said the suspects are usually in and out fast.

Investigators said in the first home invasion robbery Thursday, three masked suspects kicked in the front door of an apartment in the 1100 block of East Avenue

The second home invasion robbery was Saturday in an apartment complex in the 38300 block of 30th Street East.

Detectives said the suspects targeted all three homes after midnight. They said that while none of the victims have been killed or seriously injured, they fear that could change if the suspects are not caught soon.