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UPDATED: Newhall auto shop robbed at gunpoint

Posted: April 7, 2011 12:59 p.m.
Updated: April 7, 2011 12:59 p.m.

Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators leave the scene of an armed robbery at Railway Motors, at 25104 Railroad Ave. in Newhall, on Thursday.

 

UPDATED 1 p.m. Friday:
Editor's note: In the original post of this story, the suspects were described as black. The updated story that replaced the initial post did not include race in the description. This further update restores that information to the story. We have also removed a couple of racist comments from the comments thread. See Executive Editor Lila Littlejohn's note at the bottom of the story.


Authorities were searching Thursday for two men who robbed the owners of a Newhall used-car dealership at gunpoint Thursday morning.

The men were last seen driving north on Railroad Avenue in a four-door white or light silver newer model Oldsmobile or Buick with large tires, according to a statement from Lt. Joe Efflandt at.the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

Sheriff’s cruisers lined the front of Railway Motors on the 25100 block of Railroad Avenue hours after the robbery.

A deputy on the scene said the shop owners were “very upset” by the robbery.

The men stole about $130 worth of cash and checks from the shop, and a woman’s purse containing her personal identification and credit cards.

One suspect is described as a heavyset black man with a beard wearing black sweatpants. He is believed to be armed with a dark-colored .45-caliber pistol. The other suspect is described as a thin and bald black man, according to the statement.

Both are considered armed and dangerous, said Efflandt.

A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department helicopter and a team of deputies were unable to find the two men.

Anybody with information about the crime are asked to call the Sheriff’s Station at (661) 255-1121. To provide information about the crime anonymously call (800) 222-8477.

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Note from Executive Editor Lila Littlejohn:
Police agencies routinely provide race, gender and sometimes age (or an estimate of age) as a thumbnail, cop-speak description.

However, most responsible news media - including the Associated Press, from which I derived The Signal's policy - instruct journalists that these thumbnail sketches promote racial profiling without providing useful information, and thus should not be employed.

On the other hand, when race is offered as part of a complete description intended to help identify a suspect, that information is extremely relevant and should be included, especially if the suspects remain at large and police are seeking the public's help in finding them. Such was the case in this story.

Consequently, we have restored to the story the race of the suspects, and thank our online readers for their vigilance.

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