Could eight armed robberies of Trader Joe’s stores in Los Angeles and Orange Counties be related? That is what law enforcement investigators are asking after in Long Beach, Los Angeles — including the San Fernando Valley, Irvine and Culver City were all robbed in similar fashion, according to the O.C. Register.
The string of stick-ups began in Long Beach on Feb. 15. when the Trader Joe’s on Bellflower Blvd. was robbed. The same store was robbed again on March 2, according to CBS News.
In both robberies a lone armed suspect entered the Long Beach store and pulled a gun. He then proceeded to demand cash from a store employee. While the police have security videos from these robberies they have not, for whatever reason, released them to the public.
Since the Long Beach robberies a male suspect has committed armed robberies at four more Trader Joe’s stores in the LAPD’s Van Nuys, Topanga and Wilshire divisions and, on Saturday it happened again in the West Valley Division, according to the LAPD.
LAPD detectives have noticed that all of these armed robberies followed the same basic methods.
Finally on March 19 the Trader Joe robber entered Orange County when the Irvine store was robbed on March 19, at the University Center on Campus Drive. The robbery happened late, at around 8:30 p.m., just like the Long Beach robberies, according to the Irvine police.
Trader Joe’s has reacted to the robberies by reminding their customers that they have security cameras. Now they also have security guards. But will that be enough to keep their customers safe?