Robbery Suspect Arrested After Leaving Car Keys At Crime Scene

CULVER CITY (CNS) – A parolee who allegedly robbed a store at gunpoint in Culver City was arrested after leaving his car keys at the crime scene, police said Monday.

The robbery occurred about 2:20 p.m. Sunday at Boost Mobile, in the 4100 block of Centinela Avenue, the Culver City Police Department reported.

“Officers responded to the location and spoke with the two victims who were Boost Mobile employees,” police said.

“Officers learned that the suspect … wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, blue sweatpants, a white mask, and blue surgical gloves, entered the store and pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at both victims.” police said.

“The suspect then jumped over the counter and forced both employees to lay face down, while he grabbed money from the cash register,” police said.

The gunman fled with about $500, police said.

“Officers reviewed the video surveillance footage of the robbery and noticed that the suspect had dropped a set of car keys,” police said.

“Officers conducted an area check and located a possible suspect vehicle, which was parked one block away,” police said. “When the officers looked inside the vehicle, they observed the clothing that was worn by the suspect in the rear seat. As they continued to search the area, CCPD officers observed a suspicious subject matching the description of the suspect depicted in the surveillance video. The subject was detained without incident.”

Lawrence Bell, 37, of Torrance was booked on suspicion of armed robbery. Officers learned that Bell was on parole for robbery, and he was wearing an ankle monitor as a condition of his parole at the time of the crime, police said.

The case will be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration.

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