2 convenience stores robbed at gunpoint overnight, police say

Police say they are investigating two convenience store robberies that occurred Monday night in Long Beach.

The first robbery happened at around 8 p.m. at a 7-Eleven at 6598 Cherry Ave. in North Long Beach, according to the LBPD.

The cashier told police that he was working behind the counter when two men entered the store, one of them pointing a gun toward him. The gunman ordered the cashier to give them money from the register, Long Beach Police Department spokesperson Richard Mejia said.

The robbers fled on foot before police could arrive, Mejia said. No injuries were reported.

Police said the second robbery occurred around 11:14 p.m. at Ruby’s Liquor at 5442 Del Amo Blvd. near the Lakewood Center.

Officers arrived soon after to discover an uninjured cashier who said he had been robbed at gunpoint by three men demanding money from the register, Mejia said.

At this time, police believe these two robberies are not related to each other. However, the robbery that took place on Cherry Avenue is believed to be connected to a recent string of robberies in neighboring cities, Mejia said.

Five convenience stores, including multiple 7-Elevens, were robbed between 8 p.m. and midnight yesterday, in Bellflower, Paramount and Long Beach, CBS Los Angeles reported.

“Our detectives are working with the LA County Sheriff’s Department to identify and apprehend the suspects involved in these robberies,” Mejia said.

No arrests have been made and the investigations are ongoing.

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Fernando Haro is the Long Beach Post's breaking news and public safety reporter.
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