Long Beach detectives arrest man suspected of trying to rob a business two weeks in a row

Long Beach Police Department detectives announced Tuesday the arrest of an 18-year-old man suspected of robbing an East Long Beach business once, then returning a week later to try to rob it again.

Police said Maxwell Milliner from Long Beach allegedly robbed a business on the 6400 block of East Spring Street near Palo Verde Avenue shortly before 1:45 p.m. on Feb. 27. LBPD would not provide the business name, citing department policy.

“During the incident, the suspect entered the business and took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled on foot,” police spokeswoman Jennifer De Prez said.

The suspect “simulated” a weapon during this incident, she said, but no injuries were reported.

On March 6—one week later—he tried the business again shortly before 2:45 p.m., De Prez said.

“During the second incident, the suspect entered the business and attempted the same maneuvers as the first incident, but was unsuccessful,” she said.

Police did not have any reports of real or simulated weapons during the second incident, De Prez said.

Detectives were able to track down the suspect through photo and video footage evidence and arrested him on March 7. They filed the felony charges against the suspect with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office on Monday.

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Valerie Osier is a breaking news and crime reporter for the Long Beach Post. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from Cal State University, Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband, Steven, and her cat/child, Jones.