By LUCY GUANUNA
Boyle Heights — Police are advising food vendors and their patrons to be vigilant following a string of late night robberies in recent weeks.
One suspect who may have been responsible for at least two robberies has been apprehended after being shot by officers. However, police say they are looking for more suspects who have been working on their own.
“The stands are usually in dark places, so the suspects can take off into the darkness, and it’s hard to track where they went,” said Detective William Blount with the LAPD’s Hollenbeck Division.
The suspects held the vendor at gunpoint while taking $120. The suspects then fled on foot into the Pico Gardens housing project.
Another taco vendor was robbed June 14 near the intersection of Gleason Avenue and Mott Street when a male Latino held up the vendor at gunpoint. The suspect took $509 before fleeing in a gold, older model Toyota or Honda.
The food vendors and their customers were not injured during the robberies, Blount said.
“These are crimes of opportunity,” Blount said. “All incidences happened very late at night when the vendors had sold the most.”
Police believe the robberies are not related. An investigation to track down the suspects is underway.
LAPD Hollenbeck Division recently posted a statement on its Facebook page warning the public of “unknown gang members” that are suspected of committing the robberies at gunpoint and asking for the public’s help to track down the suspects.
These robberies follow similar incidences that took place earlier this month.
A robbery suspect that is believed to be responsible for the robbery of two taco vendors on June 6 and a food vendor on June 8 was shot by a Hollenbeck Division officer at a hospital in Boyle Heights after becoming involved in a struggle with officers.
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