An armed gunman who robbed a California cellphone store in broad daylight was on parole for another robbery at the time and is now likely headed back behind bars after police were able to determine the location of the suspect vehicle using a set of car keys that were dropped at the crime scene.
On Sunday afternoon at a Los Angeles-area Boost Mobile store the suspect who was wearing a hoodie and mask entered the premises and pointed a semi-automatic handgun at two employees, jumping the counter and ordering one of the workers to open the cash register, making off with approximately $500 as he fled on foot.
Surveillance video of the incident shows the man who has been identified as 37-year-old Lawrence Bell of Torrance committing the brazen mid-afternoon robbery during which he was wearing an ankle bracelet monitor as a condition of his parole from the prior robbery.
After responding to the call and reviewing surveillance footage, Culver City police observed that the suspect had left behind a vital clue in a set of car keys that would be his undoing.
(Video: YouTube Fox 11 Los Angeles)
According to a press release from the Culver City Police Department, “Officers reviewed the video surveillance footage of the robbery and noticed that the suspect had dropped a set of car keys. Officers conducted an area check and located a possible suspect vehicle, which was parked one block away. When the officers looked inside the vehicle, they observed the clothing that was worn by the suspect in the rear seat.”
“As they continued to search the area, CCPD officers observed a suspicious subject matching the description of the suspect depicted in the surveillance video. The subject was detained without incident,” the statement reads. “A search of the vehicle revealed a driver’s license in the detained subject’s name (Lawrence Bell), a loaded Glock Semi-automatic handgun, and the aforementioned clothing worn by the suspect during the commission of the robbery. Additionally, the currency stolen during the robbery and other items of evidentiary value were recovered from inside the vehicle.”
The armed robbery at Boost Mobile was only one of several that have taken place in recent days in Culver City which is surrounded by the city of Los Angeles, a sprawling metropolis that under Democrat rule has become one of the most dangerous areas in the country, leading some residents to fear that their own home will be similarly taken over by criminals.
(Video: YouTube/CBS Los Angeles)
“Culver City used to be such a great, you know, safe place to live, it’s gotten really scary,” longtime resident Beverly Peterson who has lived in the city since 1964 told CBS Los Angeles, saying that crime today is the “worst” that she remembers it ever being, a sentiment confirmed by police statistics.
“You’re afraid to go out sometimes, different places because you don’t know what’s going on,” added Peterson. “I wish that they could do something about it.”
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