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    Armed Robbery

    April 15, 2013
    Contact: Richard Lewis, Sergeant
    Phone: 310.458.8462


    On Sunday, April 14, 2013, at approximately 4:50 p.m. officers from the Santa Monica Police Department responded to Tala Jewelry located at 1302 Montana Avenue on the report of an armed robbery that had just occurred. 

    Upon arrival, officers learned that three male African American suspects, armed with at least one handgun, entered the location in a takeover style robbery.

    The suspects stole an undetermined amount of Jewelry after smashing several display cases with a sledgehammer.  Only the owner was present at the time of the robbery and he was not injured. 

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    Within minutes of receiving the radio call, officers located the suspects driving in the area of Centinela and Delaware.  Prior to officers conducting a felony traffic stop, the suspects abandoned the vehicle in the 3300 block of Centinela and fled in different directions on foot.  Two large perimeters were established and search teams comprising of several law enforcement agencies conducted searches within the perimeters for several hours.    

    At approximately 6:30 p.m., officers located the first suspect hiding in a garage in the 2000 block of Centinela.  Approximately one hour later, a second suspect was located and surrendered to officers in the same area.  The search for the third suspect continued until approximately 3:00 a.m.; with the third suspect not being located.  Several leads relating to the third suspect are being pursued at this time.

    Investigators recovered evidence taken from Tala Jewelry and a handgun believed to have been used in the crime.  This is an ongoing investigation and anyone with information regarding the robbery is asked to contact Detective Dan Larios at (310) 458-8937; Sergeant Ira Rutan at (310) 458-8959 or the Santa Monica Police Department at (24 hours) at (310) 458-8495.   

    If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call WeTip at 1-80078-CRIME (1-800-78-27463), or submit the tip online at  You will remain completely anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.00, if your information leads to an arrest and conviction.

    Or, anonymous tipsters can contact Crime Stoppers by either calling (800) 222-TIPS (8477) or by visiting their website at  To text an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers; please view their webpage for detailed instructions.  If the information leads to an arrest, the tipster is eligible to receive a reward up to $1,000.00.   



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