Armed man robs check cashing business, flees with money

September 12, 2012
Santa Paula Police Department

A man clad all in black and carrying a handgun held up an area check cashing business in a retail complex Thursday morning, leaving with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to a Santa Paula Police spokesman.

SPPD Detective Ken Clark said the September 6 incident was reported to police at about 11:30 a.m.

Police responded to The Check Cashing Place located in the 100 block of West Harvard Boulevard and upon arrival were told a “light complexioned male with a thin build basically wearing all black” had entered the business, brandished a handgun, and demanded that the clerk give him money. Clark said the clerk handed over an undisclosed amount of money before the gunman turned and left the business, fleeing the area on foot.

Clark said, “There could have been three people in the business,” including the clerk, at the time the armed robbery. No one was injured during the incident.

The SPPD Investigations Unit is collecting evidence. Anyone with information on the armed robbery or the suspect is asked to contact Clark at 525-4474 ext. 277. If the caller would prefer to remain anonymous, they can call the SPPD recorded Tip Hotline, 933-4253-1-#.

Those with information can also call Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477). Ventura County Crime Stoppers can also be contacted by texting “Busted” plus your message to CRIMES (274637). Crime Stopper Tips can also be sent via the website,   

Tipsters can be eligible to receive a $1,000 reward.

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