A man with a handgun tied up a female employee inside a check-cashing business in Fullerton in a robbery that was captured on surveillance video, authorities said.
Within four minutes of receiving a 911 call about the crime, officers arrived at the business but the man had escaped in an Oldsmobile, the Fullerton Police Department said in a release.
“Thankfully there were no injuries during the course of this robbery,” police Sgt. Jon Radus told KTLA.
Surveillance video was recently released of the crime, which occurred on the afternoon of Friday, May 11.
The armed robbery was reported when an emergency caller saw the employee being pushed to the back of the store in the 1800 block of West Orangethorpe Avenue, the release stated.
The caller said the robber locked the front doors of the business and was pushing the employee, authorities said.
When authorities arrived around 1:41 p.m., they found the suspect had fled through the front doors in an unknown direction with an undisclosed amount of money.
“We believe he was wearing a fake red beard, he was also wearing a trucker-style cap,” Radus said.
Authorities described the suspect as a white man in his late 20s to early 30s, measuring about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing around 140 pounds.
The assailant was last witnessed driving a mid to late 1980’s Oldsmobile two-door coupe described as “fairly distinctive” with white walled tires.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact Fullerton Police Department Detective V. Johnson or Sgt. T. Kandler at 714-738-6776. Those who want to provide information anonymously can call the Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-847-6277 or can visit their website at www.p3tips.com/913.