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Tuesday, June 09, 2015

ATF Offers $5,000.00 Reward In Armed Robbery Of Federal Firearms Licensee

Los Angeles — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in conjunction with the Azusa Police Department, are offering a $5,000.00 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspects involved in the armed robbery of Azusa Pawn, a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL), located in the 1000 block of W. Gladstone Street in Azusa, California.

According to witness reports and video surveillance footage, on May 24, 2015, at approximately 1:50 p.m. one black male adult suspect entered the pawn shop and spent 15-20 minutes looking at jewelery and firearms displayed for sale then exited the store. At approximately 2:35 p.m. three black male adult suspects entered the location and ordered the employees to lie face down on the floor. The suspects ransacked the location and ordered an employee to open the safe at gunpoint. Another employee was kicked in the face during the robbery, suffering a broken nose. Investigators believe the male that entered the store at 1:50 is possibly
associated with the three males that committed the armed robbery.

While the robbery was being committed, a father and his young son entered the business. The father and child were ordered onto the ground by the suspects. The suspects stole an iPod the child was carrying with him. The suspects got away with a large amount of jewelry and 8 firearms. They were seen entering a dark-colored SUV, possibly a Saturn, and fled east on Gladstone Street.

Azusa Police Chief Sam Gonzalez stated, “This was a dangerous robbery that occurred in our
community. The Azusa Police Department is committed to identifying and prosecuting the suspects that were involved. We appreciate the partnership with ATF in solving this crime. We hope that anyone with information that might assist us comes forward.” ATF Special Agent in Charge Carlos A. Canino is “concerned about the level of violence exhibited by these individuals” and “is dedicated to working with the Azusa Police Department to identify and prosecute these individuals.”

The suspects are described as follows:

Suspect 1 – Adult black male, early 20’s, approximately 5’10’’ to 6’, 170 pounds, last seen wearing a red-colored hooded sweatshirt with the word “MINNESOTA” on the front and sweat pants.
Suspect 2 - Adult black male, early 20’s, approximately 5’9’’, 190 pounds, last seen wearing a two-tone zip up sweatshirt, grey with a red-colored hood. At the time of the robbery, he had facial hair.
Suspect 3 - Adult black male, early 20’s, approximately 5’8’’, 160 pounds, last seen wearing a dark hoodie and sweatpants.

Anyone with information should call the Azusa Police Department at (626) 812-3200 or the ATF Tip Line at 1-800-ATF-GUNS (283-4867).

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