TEMPLE CITY (CBSLA.com) – Authorities are investigating two stun gun store robberies committed by women that occurred about one hour apart in Temple City and Arcadia Thursday night, one of which left a security guard with minor injuries.
The first robbery occurred just before 9 p.m. at a CVS Store in the 5500 block of Rosemead Boulevard.
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, two African-American women entered the store, shoplifted several items and put them in personal bags. They were confronted by an employee as they were leaving and one of them activated a stun gun. That prompted the employee to back off.
The women jumped into a red vehicle and fled.
The second robbery occurred before 9:54 p.m. at a Vons grocery store at 745 W. Naomi Ave. According to Arcadia police, three African-American women in their 30s took merchandise and were confronted by a security guard when they attempted to leave without paying.
One of the women pulled out a stun gun and shocked the security guard with it. He backed away and the women also got into a red vehicle in the parking lot and were last seen traveling east on Naomi Avenue.
The guard sustained minor injuries, but declined medical attention.
The LA County Sheriff’s Department says the women loaded up their bags with hygiene products like deodorants, expensive make-up and baby formula.
Authorities believe the two incidents are related. Anyone with information on the case should call LASD at 626-285-7171 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.