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Man steals $10K in merchandise from Burbank store

September 01, 2011|By Maria Hsin, maria.hsin@latimes.com

A man posing as a customer walked into a Burbank business on Magnolia Boulevard yesterday and allegedly tied up the store owner at gunpoint and fled on foot with more than $10,000 in merchandise, police said.

“The individual was initially asking to see some merchandise and then produced a handgun,” Burbank Police Officer Joshua Kendrick said. “He grabbed the owner and forced her to the back of the store where she was ordered to the floor and her hands and feet were bound.”

Kendrick said the suspect then ransacked the store and took more than $10,000 of merchandise. He said the store owner was not injured and was still evaluating the exact amount of the loss.

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The store owner was alone in the store when the suspect came in, he said.

The incident occurred on the 2100 block of Magnolia at 12:05 p.m. Wednesday, Kendrick added.  

The suspect is described as clean shaven, 24 to 30 years old, weighing 200 to 225 pounds with short black hair. Kendrick said he was wearing a cream colored short sleeve shirt and dark pants.  

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