Armed Man Robs Verizon Store

Cash, cell phones stolen in Monday's incident.

Police are continuing to investigate a reported armed robbery that happened at a Verizon Wireless store Monday night.

Two employees and a customer were in the store, located in the 600 block of South Grand Avenue, around 7:30 p.m., when a man entered and allegedly revealed a silver handgun, said Lieutenant Joe Ward of

All victims were reportedly ordered to stand in a corner of the store with their backs turned while the suspect stole an undisclosed amount of cash and five cell phones. The suspect fled on foot in the direction of , according to scanner reports. Police searched the area, but couldn't find anything.

The suspect was described as a male Hispanic in his 30s, around 5 feet, 10 inches tall, average build with short hair and a mustache. He wore a blue baseball hat, a blue shirt and blue Dickies-style pants.

Law July 18, 2012 at 07:00 AM
So we have another strip mall approved by the city to be built when many other vacant properties were still available. Then Verizon is the only business open in this strip mall and two employees and a customer are held up at gunpoint. This sounds familiar to the young employee held up at gunpoint at the newly redone shopping center in the south 1300 block of Grand Ave at Gladstone Street. I believe this was the Subway and there were not many other businesses open near there either at the time. It is a shame that the companies running these businesses (i.e. Verizon) and the owners of the strip malls/shopping centers do not value their employees and customers lives as much as they do their profits. They also apparently do not care about the police officers lives either. The police are the ones who willingly put their lives in danger to patrol these businesses and properties that are owned by people who do not give any thought to safety concerns.
Gary Donahue July 18, 2012 at 07:40 AM
So we should let a few sleazy criminals dictate the pace of progress?
v johnson July 18, 2012 at 11:31 AM
I hope this business was smart enough to install a workable eye camera so the chances of this criminal getting found/caught is greater. I'm sorry this happen but I glad it's reported No one was injured when robbed.
Mrs. Ben July 19, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Law, the Verizon is located on Grand Avenue just south of Route 66 across the street from the Ralph's shopping center. If Glendora is so crime ridden as you think, maybe it's time for you to move.
Ken July 19, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Try spending some time around that area. Between the transients living at the bus stops, those wandering around the Social Services office, the recycling place behind Ralphs, and the panhandlers trolling the 3 gas station and fast food parking lots, the area is asking for trouble. Just read the weekly crime blog and you'll begin to see a pattern radiate out from that area and all along Route 66. Crime ridden? Well maybe not in comparison to South Central but a reasonable description given the crimes committed in that area. Seriously, why should anyone consider moving out because they are intolerant of crime? That's not a question in case you were tempted to answer, unless someone has actual statistics that are contrary to the crime blog, police department stats, and this website's own reported stories. I love Glendora, have all my life, but let's not turn a blind eye to what blights this city.
Terry July 20, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Strip malls with street facing parking lots tend to attract transients because there is space for them to hang out near the street without bothering the businesses. Robberies also tend to be common at strip malls because the getaway vehicles can be strategically parked and the crime itself is hard to see from the road. This city needs to stop permitting strip malls to be built. If you haven't noticed, most of this city's strip malls are rotting away. Allow/demand developers to construct buildings with street walls and make Glendora safer and more friendly for pedestrians.
John July 20, 2012 at 01:33 PM
I think the answer is to make it illegal to be homeless by "taxing" those who don't have a place to live- when we break the news to everyone initially we will insist it isn't a tax. That should end the homeless problem. Then, we will burn down the home down the street from those gas stations who give a place to live to the mentally handicapped who panhandle up and down Grand Ave. The transients and mentally handicapped panhandlers are not robbing Verizon stores, there is room in this world for all types of people, including you. Show a little tolerance for others who are just living the life they choose in a country where we are free to do so, but I agree that none of us should tolerate crime.
John July 20, 2012 at 01:37 PM
A city cannot force an individual to remodel his house, why would it be different for a business complex? It is a privately owned building and if it is up to code the city has no business telling anyone what to do with it. Most complexes are being remodeled by the owners anyways to keep up with the new construction, I think it is making the city look better! (At least better than an empty lot with a vacant overgrown restaurant in the case of this strip mall)
Mrs. Ben July 21, 2012 at 07:19 AM
I think we have lost sight of the real problem. It's not strip malls, it's not the city changing codes and it's not the transients on Grand Avenue. What is attracting the criminal element to our community is our community. It's looked upon in the San Gabriel Valley as an affluent city. The economy despite what our "leaders in Washington" think, the economy is still struggling. California has a very high unemployment rate and a very high cost of living. Many people are not receiving state or federal benefits. This creates the perfect storm for the crime rate to rise. On the Fourth of July the Radio Shack on Grand Ave., was broken into and a pursuit transpired. The two burglaries were from Whittier. In this economy no city is safe.
Terry July 21, 2012 at 06:30 PM
John, of course the city can't force anyone to remodel anything. But what it can do is to ban new strip malls from being built.
Bill C. July 21, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Some of your thoughts are well founded but I know part of the problem is the lady from Azusa who comes over and feeds the homeless by Ralphs. She won't do it in front of her own home, doesn't want them there. She feels ok though bringing food to them in Glendora and if I were one of them I'd be hanging out waiting for her as well. The transients can only be dealt with on a case for case basis, GPD, I'm sure, hammers them legally as much as they can but I doubt they care (the transients). Banning strip malls makes no sense, some have been around for decades, easy freeway access is what makes some of ours attractive to bad guys, same as Wal-Mart. Just the way it is.


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