Authorities Friday have been investigating whether or not a theft suspect who crashed his car in a gully on the finish of a police pursuit in Riverside, inflicting a brush hearth, is identical man needed for about two dozen restaurant robberies in Orange County.
Detectives in Backyard Grove, the place seven heists have occurred, are taking the lead on the investigation. They’re contacting a number of victims and witnesses and conducting photograph lineups all through the day, stated Backyard Grove police Lt. Carl Whitney.
Investigators suspect the identical suspect is linked to no less than 23 armed robberies in Orange County — with a half-dozen of these in Westminster — plus one every in Riverside and Hawaiian Gardens.
Shortly after four p.m. Thursday in Riverside, a Carl’s Jr. was robbed within the space of Magnolia Avenue and Ross Road, near a police station, Whitney stated.
The suspect fled the situation with an confederate instantly after the holdup, however witnesses offered 911 dispatchers with an outline of the getaway automotive, which was noticed minutes later by a patrol officer close to the intersection of Indiana Avenue and Jefferson Road.
The patrolman made a visitors cease and the driving force initially complied together with his instructions, however then sped away eastbound with the officer in pursuit, Riverside police Officer Ryan Railsback stated.
The chase ultimately reached the Mission Grove space of the town, the place the suspect ended up on two-lane roads operating by way of hills, dropping management on a lifeless-finish and plummeting into the gully, the place the car caught hearth. The suspect tried to flee on foot however was shortly apprehended. He was transported to Riverside Group Hospital for remedy of minor accidents.
His alleged confederate stays at giant.
The crash triggered a small brush hearth that briefly threatened a number of houses within the space of Mountain Home and Kingdom drives earlier than being absolutely contained round 5:15 p.m., in accordance with the Riverside Hearth Division.
Based on Whitney, the suspect within the Riverside theft was sporting a shawl round his neck, probably to cover a neck tattoo just like the one seen on the Orange County theft suspect.
Riverside police have been holding the suspect whereas detectives work to see if he’s related to the heists in Orange County.
Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna stated the suspect has been linked to at the least three armed robberies in that metropolis, most just lately at a Jack within the Field at 820 N. Harbor Blvd. about eight:30 p.m. Monday. He donned a wig to carry up an El Pollo Loco at one hundred and one S. Harbor Blvd., and in addition robbed a McDonald’s at 666 S. Harbor Blvd. in heists on July 17 and 18, Bertagna stated.
In Orange, a Del Taco restaurant at 1301 E. Katella Ave. was robbed final Thursday about 9:15 p.m.
The suspect can also be suspected of a maintain-up at a Chipotle restaurant in Huntington Seashore about 9:forty p.m. Monday, and a McDonald’s in Costa Mesa on Tuesday.
Backyard Grove police described…