Police Looking for Bell Gardens Pizza Parlor Robbery Suspects

August 30, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Bell Gardens police still need the public’s help to identify two suspects in the armed takeover robbery of a pizza restaurant.

The suspects struck at closing time and took $3,000 in cash, which was two day’s receipts, Det. Don Leuschen said last Friday.Bell Gardens Robbery IMG_7528_250817071109

The suspects, described as black men in their 20s, wore reflective vests with the lower-case letters “c b I” and had their faces covered during the August 13 robbery at the Pizzaroni restaurant at 6023 Florence Ave., Leuschen said. Employees were terrified and provided minimal information.

One robber was armed with a semi-automatic handgun, the detective said. The getaway car was described as a white Chevrolet Malibu.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Leuschen at (562) 843-4031, or dleuschen@bgpd.org.


Police Search for ‘Praying’ Suspect Who Robbed Church

July 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Police are asking for the public’s help identifying a man who knelt to pray before stealing donations for the poor from a Bell Gardens church.

The suspect, described as a male Hispanic, was caught on surveillance cameras June 15 as he robbed the donation box at St. Gertrudes Church on Garfield Avenue.

According to Bell Gardens police, the suspect entered the church through an exit door and made his way to the Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel, where he proceeded to pretend to pray. He then forced open a wooden donation box and stole the money inside, police said in a statement. The amount of money he got away with is unknown, police said.

Police called attention to the man’s actions which they said appeared to be an attempt to mix-in with parishioners at the church.

The suspect, who spent less than 15 minutes at the church, paused several times to pray at the altar, and is then seen on the video making the sign of the cross as he walks out of the church.

As of now, the investigation is “more of a fishing expedition, Bell Gardens Det. Don Leuschen told EGP. As of Wednesday morning, police had received two calls with tips; one saying the suspect was eating at a Subway and another that could lead to new trail for police to follow.

The suspect was last seen wearing a blue shirt and tan shorts.

The theft angered parishioners, especially because of the suspect’s use of religious practices.

“If you’re going to take something like that and still have the nerve to kneel and pray and do the sign of the cross, it’s mocking what we believe in,” parishioner Krystal Ledezma told CBS Channel 2.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Bell Gardens Police Department at (562) 843-4031.

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