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A 29-year-old Long Beach man was charged with multiple counts of felony robbery on Monday after police linked him to three different robbery incidents at the same Bixby Knolls 7-Eleven store over a 21-day period, authorities said.
James Edward Harris was charged with three counts of second-degree robbery on Monday, February 8 by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Officials said on Thursday, January 14 Harris allegedly entered a 7-Eleven convenience store on the 4200 block of Long Beach Boulevard in Bixby Knolls, approached the counter and demanded money from the cashier while brandishing a sharp object, according to the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD).
On Saturday, January 20 Harris allegedly entered the same store, simulated a weapon [making himself appear to be carrying a weapon], demanded money and other items from the clerk and quickly fled with the items, officials stated.
While detectives investigated the two robberies, they learned the suspect might have been involved in a robbery of the same store on Wednesday, February 3. Police said the suspect entered the store, simulated he had a weapon, demanded money and other items from the clerk, then fled on foot.
No employees were injured during any of the robberies.
Following an intensive investigation, detectives found and arrested Harris on Thursday, February 4 and served a search warrant at his North Long Beach home, on the 100 block of East 49th Street, during which they recovered evidence related to the robberies, officials stated.
Harris is being held in Los Angeles County Jail with bail set at $270,000.
Anyone who may be a witness or has information related to these incidents is asked to contact Long Beach Police Robbery Detective Parkhill at 562.570.7464. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1.800.222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit www.LACrimeStoppers.org.
Stephanie Rivera covers immigration and the north, west and central parts of Long Beach. Reach her at [email protected] or on Twitter at @StephRivera88.
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