String of Armed Robberies Blamed on Masked Trio Terrorizing SoCal

0

Southern California Armed Robbery Spree Ends with Suspects in Custody

Los Angeles, CA – A trio of suspects has been charged in connection with a string of armed robberies that targeted businesses across Southern California during a two-week crime spree.

Suspects Identified

The mastermind behind the operation was identified as Antonio Bland, 34, from North Hollywood. He was joined by Ronnie Tucker, 22, from Long Beach, and Abigail Luckey, 48, from Los Angeles.

Modus Operandi

From January 29th to February 14th, the suspects used similar tactics to rob at least 11 businesses, including:

  • Nine 7-Eleven stores in North Hollywood, Burbank, Torrance, Van Nuys, Long Beach, Glendale, and Pasadena
  • One smoke shop in Tustin
  • One donut shop in Los Angeles

Violent Encounters

The suspects often wore hoodies and face masks during the robberies, brandishing handguns to intimidate employees. On one occasion, on February 2nd, a gunman robbed a 7-Eleven in Burbank, forcing the clerk to empty the cash register and stealing his wallet.

Net Widens to Orange County

The suspects extended their criminal operations into Orange County, robbing the smoke shop in Tustin.

Fugitive on the Run

Of the three suspects, Luckey remains at large. She has failed to appear in court following her release on bond, making her a fugitive.

Collaborative Investigation

The Burbank Police Department, with assistance from several other police agencies across Southern California, conducted a thorough investigation. The FBI also played a vital role in tracking down the suspects.

Charges and Penalties

Bland has been charged with attempted interference with commerce by robbery and remains in jail without bond. An arraignment hearing is scheduled for June 10th.

Tucker is expected to be transferred to federal custody.

If convicted, all three suspects face up to 20 years in federal prison.

Community Alert

Authorities urge anyone with information about Luckey’s whereabouts or any additional information related to the robberies to contact Burbank Police at 818-238-3000.

Message from the U.S. Attorney

“Violent criminals should take heed that federal and local partners are collaborating more than ever to ensure that there are consequences for those who engage in gun crime,” said U.S. Attorney Martin Estrada. “Our Operation Safe Cities initiative is intended to do just that.”

Data sourced from: ktla.com