Robbers ambush armored vehicles in California, shoot guard

LOS ANGELES (AP) — At least two robbers ambushed an armored vehicle in broad daylight on Thursday, opened fire on armed guards and stole one person in the parking lot of a Southern California casino before fleeing with cash, police said. seriously injured.

At least two suspects, armed with pistols and rifles, had been on the run for hours after the shooting in Gardena, about 15 miles (24 km) south of downtown Los Angeles.

A guard was shot in the leg and is expected to survive, according to Gardena Police Lieutenant Chris Cuffe. No more security guards were shot, but Hustler was taken to hospital for cuts sustained in a riot outside his casino. The armored vehicle is operated by his Loomis US, a cash processing company. A representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Thursday’s robbery occurred weeks later Thieves broke into Blink’s unmanned trailer After the two armed guards in the car left, they parked it in a secluded resting place and stole millions of dollars worth of gems and gems. The robbery occurred early July 11 in the unincorporated community of Leveque, about 75 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.

Both crimes are considered rare. Cuffe said detectives in Thursday’s case are working with other law enforcement agencies to determine if there is any connection between the two cases.

On Thursday, the suspects waited for the armored vehicle to park before opening fire shortly after 10 a.m., Cuff said. The car arrived at the casino to unload the cash.

“As soon as they got out of the car, they were shot,” he said.

Security returned fire, but it was not immediately clear if any of the suspects had been attacked. I don’t know if it was.

Detectives are investigating whether an unknown amount of cash was stolen from inside the armored car or from the security guard himself.

Casino patron Alvin Spencer said: KTLA The scene was chaotic as gamblers and employees were evacuated.

“As we were getting the truck ready to come in, we could see they started taking out their guns,” Spencer said.