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Convenience stores robbed in Los Angeles and Orange counties

BELLFLOWER, Calif. (KABC) — At least eight convenience stores in Los Angeles and Orange counties were robbed overnight, and police say the crimes may be related.

The first robbery was reported at a 7-Eleven store on Alondra Boulevard Norwalk on Sunday around 9:16 p.m. Authorities say two cash registers were stolen and five male suspects fled on foot.

One of the latest robberies happened around 1:45 a.m. Monday at a 7-Eleven on Artesia Boulevard in Bellflower. Surveillance images show a group of people approaching the location.

The footage shows four suspects getting out of what appears to be a small orange SUV and running into the store, where they jump over the counter and commandeer the two cash registers while knocking over items.

Then they left.

Three employees, who were inside and did not want to appear on camera, told Eyewitness News that they were shaken and that two cash registers were stolen. One employee estimated that there was at least $500 in each register.

A Circle K and Shell gas station in Anaheim were also hit by robbers overnight, as were other 7-Eleven locations in Anaheim, Orange, Fullerton and Gardena. It appears that the same suspects were behind these robberies.

“These are quite rare, we haven’t had a series like this for quite some time. Obviously we had three overnight and we believe they are linked to several in the Southland, both in Orange County as LA County,” Anaheim said. police Sgt. Jon McClintock.

Police say a cashier’s vehicle was stolen at the Anaheim Circle K, but the car was later found at a 7-Eleven in Orange.

The Lakewood Police Department says four men in a small SUV were behind the Bellflower incident.

Compton sheriff’s officials confirmed that four men had imitated a firearm and stolen cash registers.

Fullerton police, meanwhile, say they believe the same suspects robbed locations in Fullerton and Anaheim. They say 3-4 suspects were involved and also took cash registers.

A possible retail robbery may also be related, but officials could not confirm that.

No injuries were reported and no arrests were made.

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