Serial Robbery Crew Convicted on Multiple SoCal Convenience Store Armed Robberies

Posted on: 03/02/2018 00:00

During the Spring of 2017, investigators from the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Major Crimes Bureau’s (MCB), Burglary-Robbery Task Force (BRTF), began investigating a series of armed convenience store (7/11 Stores) robberies occurring throughout Southern California. 

In early June 2017, BRTF Detectives learned that two adults and one juvenile had been arrested for an attempted armed robbery of a donut shop in Pasadena.  The suspects’ descriptions and actions during the attempted robbery were very similar to the ongoing crime spree being investigated by BRTF Detectives.
BRTF Detectives responded and interviewed the suspects while they were in custody.  During interrogation, the suspects admitted to committing numerous armed robberies over a three-week period in Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties.  

These robberies were committed with a handgun, while suspects typically took cash, lottery tickets, cigarettes, and candy as they terrorized their victims.
Based on the statements provided by the suspects during the interviews, as well as information received from Pasadena PD, LAPD, Torrance, Fontana, South Gate, and Covina Police Department Detectives, BRTF investigators were able to link the suspects to fifteen-armed robbery incidents. 

BRTF Detectives were able to file fifteen counts of Armed Robbery against Suspect Arthur, and 7 counts of Armed Robbery against Suspect Rollins.  Charges for a third, juvenile subject, are currently being sought through the appropriate district attorney’s office.
The suspects have remained in custody as the criminal court proceedings continue.  On Tuesday, February 27, 2017, in Pomona Superior Court, Suspect Arthur plead guilty to 9 counts of Armed Robbery and was sentenced to 23 years in state prison, receiving 9 felony strikes.  Suspect Rollins plead guilty to 5 counts of Armed Robbery, and was sentenced to 9 years state prison and received 5 felony strikes.
SUSPECT Malik Hassan Arthur, Male/19, from Los Angeles, Bk# 4989-450, did not have a significant criminal history prior to his arrest.
SUSPECT Thomas Glen Rollins, Male/22, from Los Angeles, Bk #4989-449, did not have a significant criminal history prior to his arrest.  
The LASD MCB Burglary-Robbery Task Force was formed over eight years ago to combat the ever increasing trend of organized crews who are committing residential burglaries.  Typically known as “Knock-Knock” burglars, these crews, often formed by gang members, utilize high-end luxury vehicles to blend into middle class and affluent neighborhoods where they break into homes and businesses ransacking and stealing valuables such as cash, jewelry, and weapons.   The Task Force additionally investigated significant series robbery incidents.  The MCB BRTF worked closely in support of all Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Station’s detective bureaus, as well as other Southern California law enforcement agencies.  Residents and business owners are reminded to secure their properties, be aware of suspicious and unusual persons or vehicles, and to alert their local law enforcement immediately if suspicious activity is observed. 

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