LOCAL OFFICE DEPOT ROBBED BY ARMED MAN

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LOCAL OFFICE DEPOT ROBBED BY ARMED MAN

 user 2006-02-28 at 11:38:00 am Views: 57
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    Local Office Depot Robbed By Armed Man
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    SCENE
    OF ROBBERY – Office Depot on Foothill Blvd. in La Crescenta was the
    scene of an armed robbery Tuesday night. An indisclosed sum was taken
    by the suspect, a man who made his escape after jumping a nearby fence.
    Two employees reported a gun was used during the crime.

    Tuesday
    night as customers were shopping at Office Depot on Foothill Boulevard
    a man dressed in a dark colored hooded sweatshirt, wearing a ski mask
    and carrying a gun walked up to cashier Ricky Ori and told him to empty
    his cash drawer into a black bag.
    “Out of the corner of my eye I saw a man with a ski mask and a gun at point blank range pointed at me,” Ori said.
    At
    the time Ori was waiting on a woman and her children who ran out of the
    back of the store, he said. Ori explained to the suspect that he was
    unable to open the drawer without the manager’s help.
    “I said, ‘Sir I can’t open this register,” Ori recalled.
    The
    store’s assistant manager, Sabrina Mendoza, walked up to Ori at the
    time the robbery was taking place. The suspect handed her the bag and
    repeated his request.
    “He told me to hurry up,” Mendoza said. With
    the system in place at Office Depot, the drawer can only be opened
    after voiding everything out and opening it with a key. The man became
    impatient as Mendoza went through this process, she said.
    Mendoza
    put an undisclosed amount of money into the bag and the man ran out of
    the store. Eye witnesses saw him run to the east of the store and jump
    a fence. One La Crescenta man, who asked not to be identified, said he
    saw the man run out of the store, jump a small fence and stumble
    several times in his attempt to get away.
    In the meantime, store officials placed a call to law enforcement. “I ran straight to the phone and called 911,” Mendoza said
    Sheriff’s deputies arrived but the man had already made his escape.
    This
    was the first time Mendoza had ever been the victim of robbery.”I am
    just trying not to cry,” Mendoza said of the experience.
    Ori was
    also shaken by his encounter with the armed masked man. “I just stayed
    facing straight ahead,” Ori said as the man left the building. Deputies
    are still investigating the robbery.