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Gunman Robs Cerritos Walmart, Flees with $1,500

The holdup took place at the store's customer service counter at about 7:15 p.m. on Nov. 20.

A man armed with a handgun robbed the customer service counter at the Cerritos Walmart Tuesday night and fled with roughly $1,500 in cash.

The holdup at the store located at 12701 Towne Center Drive was reported at about 7:15 p.m. Nov. 20., according to a sergeant at the Cerritos Sheriff's Station. 

According to a customer who was in the store's service area at that time, the suspect -- described by authorities as a White man about 6 feet tall wearing jeans, a dark hoodie and a bandana over his face -- told the employees at the counter, "Give me everything you have ... hurry up!" He was also holding a small metal handgun and pointing it directly at the cashiers while making his demands, the witness told Patch.

"He was getting frustrated with them because we were all so shocked," the witness said. "He kept saying, 'Give me everything you have ... hurry up'."

The witness managed to move away from the area, and moved toward the checkout lines and immediately called 911 to report the crime in progress. 

Sheriff's deputies quickly responded to the scene but the suspect had already fled with roughly $1,500 in cash, the sheriff's sergeant said. No one was hurt during the holdup, he added. 

Detectives will be reviewing surveillance footage of the robbery, the sergeant said, adding that there were some suspect leads being worked on. 

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the Cerritos Sheriff's Station at (562) 860-0044.

Cerritos Robberies Occur Less Than Two Hours Apart

Some two hours later, a man wearing a motorcycle helmet robbed the Taco Bell/KFC restaurant at 13313 Artesia Blvd. in Cerritos at gunpoint. (Click here for additional details on that robbery.) 

It was unclear whether the two crimes were related. 

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asfafasfasf November 21, 2012 at 08:12 AM
So they cops didn't make it in time? Cerritos Sheriff located less than a minute away and they didnt make it in time. Good job Cerritos police, you guys do the job so well. Pathetic, probably eating their donuts and enjoying doing nothing as usual.
Cerritos November 21, 2012 at 03:17 PM
It's ignorant to come to that conclusion about our Law enforcement officers. Unlike the Fire department, Police are not stationed at the department and wait for a call. They are driving the streets being proactive and looking for crime and handling other calls. Therefore to expect an officer to be at the same place and time when a crime occurs is unrealistic. I don't hear people complaining about the fire department when they show up and the house has already been engulfed in flames and the place has burned down. Oh maybe you didn't complain because the fire department didn't give you a ticket at one time in your life. Move on!!!
Andrew November 21, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Is it seasonal or is crime in Cerritos rising? Just a week ago there was that group that were on a robbing spree that hit the Cerritos B of A and the Mimi's at the CTS..what is going on?
Queenofmycastle November 21, 2012 at 04:50 PM
It was not even possible for the police to "make it n time". The robbery lasted all of a few minutes. Witnesses notified store perssonell of the robbery as the suspect fled the store. Within a minute the police were on scene. It was very fast work from the Cerritos Police. In fact, they did a great job. They had some leads and were pursuing the suspect within minutes near Bloomfield and Artesia.
Andrew November 21, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Lay off watching "The Simpsons".

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