LAPD seeking jewelry store theft suspects

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Police sought public help today to find the
suspects who targeted two jewelry stores in the Chinatown area, one of them a
man who impersonated a police officer.
The crimes occurred on Tuesday at different businesses in the 800
block of North Broadway, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
The first crime occurred about 11:30 a.m., when two suspects stole a
gold chain from a business and fled.
“Officers were able to locate Gerald Roberts, a 19-year-old, from Los
Angeles,” a police statement said. “Roberts was arrested and booked for
grand theft, with a bail amount set for $20,000.”
The second suspect remained at large.
Then, at about 3:45 p.m., police say a man entered the same store and
identified himself as an LAPD detective.
“He wanted to get a chain similar to the one that was stolen earlier
that day,” police said. “The jewelry store owner did not feel comfortable and
asked for a business card, which the suspect provided and then left the store.
The jewelry store owner then called LAPD Central Area detectives to report the
incident.”
The man was described as Hispanic, in his 20s, about 5-feet-8 inches
tall, and weighing 180 pounds. He wore sunglasses, a blue Los Angeles Dodgers
baseball cap, a Dodgers shirt, blue jeans, and had a badge on his belt, along
with a set of handcuffs.
Another crime — an attempted robbery — occurred at a different
jewelry store in the same block of North Broadway about  2:50 p.m. on Tuesday.
Two men got out of an orange Ford Mustang with paper plates and
approached the business on foot, while the driver waited in the vehicle, police
said.
“The first suspect was carrying what appeared to be a black
semiautomatic rifle,” police said. “The second suspect was carrying a hammer.
The owners of the jewelry store saw the suspects approaching the door and
locked the door.
“The first suspect attempted to enter the store and upon realizing
the door was locked, turned around and both suspects ran back to the waiting
Ford Mustang,” police said.
The Mustang sped away, crashed into a ride-share vehicle, and kept going.
The suspects who approached the store were described as black men in
their 20s, about 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighing 150 pounds. No description was
available of the getaway driver.
Anyone with information about any of the crimes was urged to call
police at (213) 996-1868 or (877) LAPD-247; or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-
TIPS.

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