Long Beach police are investigating a pair of convenience store robberies, including one that could be connected to a string of other robberies in nearby cities.
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, cash and jewelry were taken.
A group of people entered the store Friday, walked directly to the tool aisle and stole various sledgehammers, crowbars and hammers, authorities said.
The woman held onto her purse as the robbers—police identified as two women— “battered” her, police said, before taking her wallet and fleeing on foot.
Police said the robber got in the car and attacked after the victim refused to hand over his wallet and cellphone.
Long Beach police are investigating a robbery near MacArthur Park Friday evening where a man was knocked unconscious but was not seriously injured police said.
Police say the woman pulled a gun on an employee attempting to stop her from stealing alcohol.
The day after the attack on Sunday, customers lined up to buy fruit from the victim’s cart, and some drove by just to hand him money.
Police were first called to the home in the 1800 block of 57th Street, which is next to Harte Elementary School, at about 12:50 a.m.
The lizards, which are Australian Lace Monitors worth over $75,000, were stolen from JTK Reptiles on the afternoon of Nov. 29 last year.