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Robbery reported at fast food restaurant

‘Strong arm’ robbery is latest in series of about half a dozen reported in the SCV

Posted: January 13, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 13, 2014 2:00 a.m.
 

Local sheriff’s deputies are looking for a brazen thief who snatched $100 from the hands of a fast food cashier in Canyon Country Thursday, according to documents filed by deputies at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

The robbery is the latest in a series of at least half a dozen “strong arm” robberies reported by local sheriff’s deputies and currently under investigation.

About 3:15 p.m. Thursday, a lone bearded white man entered the Panda Express restaurant on Sierra Highway near Via Princessa through the store’s south entrance and asked the clerk if she could “change a hundred,” deputies wrote in their report of the incident.

The suspect is described as 5-foot-10 180 pounds with brown eyes and a beard, between 35 and 40 years old, wearing a grey jacket, black hat and sunglasses.

“The victim opened the cash register and retrieved US currency,” deputies wrote. “The victim then began to count the US currency in order to determine the denominations she wanted to give the suspect prior to the suspect handing her his $100 bill.

The robber then stepped to the side of the victim and asked her if he could see the money, they said.
“The victim was confused and looked at him and, at that moment, the suspect ripped the US currency out of the victim’s hand and ran out the north exit.”

Deputies said the victim was “so scared she did not notice what direction the suspect went.”

Investigators are reviewing the contents of a surveillance footage captured by a restaurant camera.

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