About TownPublished January 15, 2009
Since mid-December, five robberies, including three armed robberies have been committed in Manhattan Beach. Last Friday, a Studio City woman exiting her parked vehicle on Pacific Avenue was approached by a young man who pointed a handgun at her, grabbed her purse and ran away. The suspect also struck the woman in the face with the gun, authorities said.
On Jan. 3, a teenager sitting on a couch in the Manhattan Village Mall was approached by a suspect who tried to grab her purse and flee. She struggled with the suspect but he eventually ran off with it.
On Jan. 2, an Automobile Club employee opening up the S. Aviation Street office around 7:30 a.m. was confronted by two suspects armed with handguns. They forced the supervisor inside and robbed the office of around $1000.
On Jan. 1, three teenagers walking home on the 500 block of Marine were accosted by five young suspects who went through their pockets and stole their belongings.
On Dec. 18, a couple walking along John Place around 8 p.m. was robbed by two suspects armed with handguns who had jumped out of an SUV. Authorities believe the SUV drove around side streets looking for victims.
According to authorities, while there are some similarities to the crimes, they are too sporadic and geographically widespread to know if they are related.
The Manhattan Beach Police Department plans to hold community meetings to make citizens aware of the rise in robberies.
“Robbers often lie in wait or drive slowly around ‘casing’ or looking for potential victims,” Det. Sgt. Brian Brown said.
The police department is increasing patrols, using marked and unmarked vehicles, and is asking residents to call authorities immediately if they see anything suspicious, however slight.
TapaMeze hits TV
Colin Colville, the head chef at TapaMeze Bar and Grill, will make a special appearance on the PBS show “Curiosity Quest,” tonight at 7:30 p.m. Colville will teach the show’s host Joel Greene what it takes to become a chef while the restaurant’s owner Sam Gareebo will make sure Greene pays attention to Colville’s directions.
For more details, go to www.curiosityquest.org/q313.html. TapaMeze is located at 1019 Manhattan Beach Blvd. ER