Robbery spree ends in arrest of four

first_img “That’s not a regular occurrence, where suspects commit a string of robberies and we’re lucky enough to get a license plate number,” said Detective Mike Stangland, robbery coordinator for LAPD’s Devonshire area. “In this case we did, and it resulted in their quick apprehension.” The spree began about 10:30 p.m., Stangland said, with one or two of the suspects going into the stores while their partners waited outside. Inside, the suspects waited in line like other customers, then pulled a gun when they got to the cash register. The robbers hit quickly, going from store to store. “You could hear the robberies, the broadcasts (over the police radio), occurring after each one,” Stangland said. “The officers were aware of the fact that it sounded pretty much like the same group of suspects.” Police are investigating to see if the suspects may be responsible for other robberies in the area, Stangland said. VAN NUYS – A two-hour crime spree across the western San Fernando Valley ended early Tuesday when police arrested two young men and two teenagers on suspicion of armed robbery, officials said. Zaniere Kowlessar, 19, and Albert Torres, 18, were being held at Devonshire Jail on $100,000 bail. Two juveniles, ages 15 and 16, were being held at Sylmar Juvenile Hall, officials said. Police believe the four robbed three 7-Eleven stores, two Arco am/pm markets and a liquor store in less than two hours, taking a total of $2,200 in cash. During one of the robberies, a witness saw the license plate of the car driven by the suspects. A patrol car spotted the vehicle at the corner of Covello Street and Jellico Avenue in Van Nuys about 12:25 p.m., officials said. Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 713-3669 josh.kleinbaum@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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