TOPANGA CANYON—The Los Angeles Police Department are searching for a man who robbed a Game Stop establishment on March 25 while in disguise. Authorities have coined the suspect the “Shaggy Bandit.” The LAPD released video footage of the man committing the robbery.
Detective Fernando Avila, a robbery investigator at the Topanga Police Station said that “the video shows his premeditation.” He added, “First, he backs his silver KIA compact car into a parking space near the store. He sports a trimmed moustache and beard, hence the nickname, Shaggy, with glasses and a cap.”
The armed robbery resulted in the thief taking over $1000 in cash and video games within the span of about 13 minutes in the shop. “With another clerk and a customer with a child wandering the story, the robber pulls a revolver from his waistband. The scared clerk cooperated and no one else in the store was the wiser, nor injured,” said Avila.
Police have described the suspect as either Middle Eastern or White. He has a slender body type and closely resembles a suspect who robbed a post office in the West Valley area, where the Postal Inspector issued a $50,000 reward for the suspect’s arrest and conviction. Authorities suspect the two suspects may be the same individual.
“Despite his disguise, we think someone who knows this robber will be able to put his general appearance and the car together to come up with a name,” Avila said. The license plates on the KIA was removed.
The LAPD is asking anyone with information to contact Detective Fernando Avila, Topanga Detective Division, at (818) 756-3520. Calls during non-business hours should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7(877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org.
Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.