The latest in a series of market robberies has authorities on alert and normally happy shiny Westsiders shaking in their Ugg boots.
It happened Wednesday night about 9:45 p.m. when three gun-toting men dressed in black "security" shirts burst into the Trader Joe's at 10850 National Boulevard in the Westside Village area and, as the manager was counting cash behind a podium, took said money and raided the registers.
Cops now say they think the trio is responsible for two other similar heists:
On Aug. 6 cops think at least one member of the trio hit Bob's Market at 1000 National Boulevard in the Palms area. One of the suspects wore a black ski mask, gloves, and a telltale shirt with "security" written in white on the back.
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A four-door black Honda was seen driving away, according to an LAPD statement. In the Trader Joe's job a dark four-door was also seen getting away.
And then on Tuesday about 8:50 p.m. a suspect who police allege is the same guy hit the Overland Liquor Store, a Korean-owned mom-and-pop shop on the edge of Palms. He is said to have been joined by an accomplice in a ski mask.
This time, two suspects entered the store. The first suspect, who is believed to be the same man who committed the first robbery, was wearing the exact same outfit, including a "security" shirt, and once again carrying a revolver handgun. He was followed into the store by a second suspect who did not appear to be armed. The first suspect pointed a gun at the cashier and went behind the counter with the second suspect and demanded money; then both suspects removed a couple of bottled alcoholic beverages.
This time wits described a white, four-door getaway car.
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Anyone with information was asked to call the LAPD at 310-482-6392.