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Police were called just before 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 29 to the Best Buy store at 7600 S. Cicero Ave. in Burbank.
Authorities say a 19-year-old woman was walking in the parking lot when she was approached by a dark colored four-door vehicle with tinted windows. The woman told police she was talking on her cell phone when a man yelled to her from the rear passenger window, “My friend wants to talk to you.”
The woman said she ignored the man and continued walking toward Best Buy when the car stopped, backed-up, and struck her right leg with the rear bumper.
The woman told police the man in the backseat leaned out the window and said, “Do you think this is a game b--ch? Give me all your s--t.”
After the woman replied that she didn’t have anything, the man pointed a silver handgun at her and demanded she hand over her phone.
The woman told investigators she panicked and ran inside Best Buy for help. The suspects then sped off empty handed.
The manager of the Best Buy told police he was standing near the front door when the victim ran into the store shouting, “They’re trying to rob me,” and pointed to the dark colored sedan. The manager said he saw the car drive through the parking lot toward the Olive Garden restaurant. He lost sight of the vehicle after it made a quick turn onto southbound Cicero Avenue.
The woman told responding officers that she was not injured and refused medical attention.
The woman described the four suspects in the car as follows:
- Driver — Male black, wearing a black hoodie with the hood up.
- Front Passenger — Female black with long brown/golden colored braids, small build, wearing a knit cap.
- Left Rear Passenger — Black male, tall, medium build, wearing a black hoodie with the hood up.
- Right Rear Passenger — Black male, heavy, large build, wearing a Chicago Bulls knit cap and black Bulls hooded sweatshirt, armed with a silver handgun.
All four suspects were described as between 18–25 years old.
The Best Buy manager told police the store does not have any video of the incident. A video camera installed next door at the Best Buy Appliance Outlet captured the incident but police say the grainy images are unlikely to be of much help to investigators.
Burbank police noted that approximately 20 minutes later—Oak Lawn police were called to a similar robbery at the Thornton gas station on Cicero Avenue and 91st Street.
In that incident, the Oak Lawn Patch reported a man walking through the gas station’s parking lot was robbed of his iPhone when a passenger in a four-door gray sedan pointed a semi-automatic handgun at him. ❐
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