A man seen in surveillance video committing multiple thefts was believed to be responsible for 13 armed robberies in the Orange County area since the beginning of the year, police said Tuesday.
During the robberies, the man waits until around closing time before entering a store, then walks around apparently waiting of the cashier to be alone, Huntington Beach Police Department Officer Jennifer Marlatt said.
Once the store clerk is alone, the robber exposes a handgun in his waistband to the cashier and demands money, she said.
The man has struck several chain stores, including Ralphs, CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens. Three of the robberies were at Huntington Beach stores, and others took place in the Westwinster, Fountain Valley and Costa Mesa areas.
“There’s no telling what he would do if somebody did not hand over the money or how far he would take it to get the money,” Marlatt said. “Right now he is only brandishing the weapon and people are handing over money to him, but if they don’t hand over money, there’s no telling what he would do, what extremes he would go to.”
Surveillance footage showed a similar looking white man entering various stores. He appeared to have a brown, trimmed beard; glasses and repeatedly wore a baseball cap that had the letters “LA” above the rim.