Taco Truck Targeted in Latest Among ‘Large Spike’ of Street Robberies in Garden Grove, Police Say

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Police on Tuesday continued to investigate a recent spate of street robberies reported in Garden Grove, the most recent one at a food truck. Just after 9 p.m. Monday, officers responded to a report of an armed robbery that had just occurred on Euclid Street and Hazard Avenue, the agency said. A man entered a food truck, called Taqueria Azteca, and brandished a semiautomatic handgun, according to police. He demanded money from the employee, who gave him about $250 in cash. The robber then asked for “all the money,” said Juan Rodriguez, who responded that it was all the money they had. The perpetrator then got into a silver Jeep Cherokee and fled west on Hazard Avenue, police said. Rodriguez said the business had only started serving at the location for two weeks, but that he recognized the man, who frequented the area. The owners of the truck, Jesus and Maria Rodriguez, said they went into business 16 years ago. They immigrated from Mexico and built their company with their children and now own four taco trucks, Maria Rodriguez said. One of their trucks was robbed several years ago, she added. There have been other robberies with similar circumstances involving an individual matching the same description over the past week, and investigators are working to see if there’s a connection, according to police. Sgt. Jeff Brown said there has been a “large spike in street robberies” in the past week. Because of some similarities in the cases, detectives believe they could involve the same suspect. The first incident occurred June 21, when another food truck was robbed at 12752 Trask Ave. A recycling center at 10751 Westminster Ave. was also targeted Sept. 30, and a produce truck at 12342 Trask Ave. was hit Oct. 6, officials said. Police described the robber as a 40- to 45-year-old black man, about 6 feet tall and 250 to 300 pounds. He was last seen wearing a white, sleeveless T-shirt and grey, oversized shorts. Anyone with information can contact Garden Grove police at 714-741-5704.

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