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Armed Man Robs Verizon Store

Cash, cell phones stolen in Monday's incident.

Police are continuing to investigate a reported armed robbery that happened at a Verizon Wireless store Monday night.

Two employees and a customer were in the store, located in the 600 block of South Grand Avenue, around 7:30 p.m., when a man entered and allegedly revealed a silver handgun, said Lieutenant Joe Ward of

All victims were reportedly ordered to stand in a corner of the store with their backs turned while the suspect stole an undisclosed amount of cash and five cell phones. The suspect fled on foot in the direction of , according to scanner reports. Police searched the area, but couldn't find anything.

The suspect was described as a male Hispanic in his 30s, around 5 feet, 10 inches tall, average build with short hair and a mustache. He wore a blue baseball hat, a blue shirt and blue Dickies-style pants.

John July 20, 2012 at 01:33 PM
I think the answer is to make it illegal to be homeless by "taxing" those who don't have a place to live- when we break the news to everyone initially we will insist it isn't a tax. That should end the homeless problem. Then, we will burn down the home down the street from those gas stations who give a place to live to the mentally handicapped who panhandle up and down Grand Ave. The transients and mentally handicapped panhandlers are not robbing Verizon stores, there is room in this world for all types of people, including you. Show a little tolerance for others who are just living the life they choose in a country where we are free to do so, but I agree that none of us should tolerate crime.
John July 20, 2012 at 01:37 PM
A city cannot force an individual to remodel his house, why would it be different for a business complex? It is a privately owned building and if it is up to code the city has no business telling anyone what to do with it. Most complexes are being remodeled by the owners anyways to keep up with the new construction, I think it is making the city look better! (At least better than an empty lot with a vacant overgrown restaurant in the case of this strip mall)
Mrs. Ben July 21, 2012 at 07:19 AM
I think we have lost sight of the real problem. It's not strip malls, it's not the city changing codes and it's not the transients on Grand Avenue. What is attracting the criminal element to our community is our community. It's looked upon in the San Gabriel Valley as an affluent city. The economy despite what our "leaders in Washington" think, the economy is still struggling. California has a very high unemployment rate and a very high cost of living. Many people are not receiving state or federal benefits. This creates the perfect storm for the crime rate to rise. On the Fourth of July the Radio Shack on Grand Ave., was broken into and a pursuit transpired. The two burglaries were from Whittier. In this economy no city is safe.
Terry July 21, 2012 at 06:30 PM
John, of course the city can't force anyone to remodel anything. But what it can do is to ban new strip malls from being built.
Bill C. July 21, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Some of your thoughts are well founded but I know part of the problem is the lady from Azusa who comes over and feeds the homeless by Ralphs. She won't do it in front of her own home, doesn't want them there. She feels ok though bringing food to them in Glendora and if I were one of them I'd be hanging out waiting for her as well. The transients can only be dealt with on a case for case basis, GPD, I'm sure, hammers them legally as much as they can but I doubt they care (the transients). Banning strip malls makes no sense, some have been around for decades, easy freeway access is what makes some of ours attractive to bad guys, same as Wal-Mart. Just the way it is.

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