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‘Discount Bitcoin Bandits’ Plead to Robbery of Would-Be Buyers

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LOS ANGELES — Two Hollywood residents known as the “Discount Bitcoin Bandits” have admitted to robbing people who sought to buy the cryptocurrency in 2017 and 2018, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.

Precious Lanay Fitzgerald, 29, pleaded no contest today to one count of second-degree robbery and admitted allegations that a handgun was used during the crime and she had a prior felony conviction.

Her co-defendant, Lawillie Joshua Hall, 23, pleaded no contest on April 2 to one felony count of second-degree robbery and admitted an allegation that he was in possession of a handgun.

Fitzgerald is expected to be sentenced to 10 years in state prison and ordered to pay $85,715 in restitution under the terms of a negotiated plea agreement. Her sentencing is scheduled on Nov. 22 in Department 121 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.

Hall is expected to be sentenced to four years in state prison and ordered to pay $29,900 in restitution. His sentencing is on Dec. 17 in Department 121.

Deputy District Attorney John Weller of the Cyber Crime Division prosecuted case BA466388.

From October 2017 through February 2018, Fitzgerald stole money from five people by using online notices and communications advertising the sale of discount bitcoins, according to court testimony. She met the victims in person and forcefully took the cash they had brought to purchase the cryptocurrency.

Hall helped Fitzgerald in two of the robberies, according to testimony.

The case was investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department, Robbery-Homicide Division.

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LAPD Seeks Help Finding 3 Robbers of Local LA Convenience Stores

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Police Department’s Northeast Area detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying three suspects responsible for a convenience store robbery.

On January 13, between the hours of 3:10 a.m. and 3:45 a.m., three suspects entered two local convenient stores. the first is in the 5000 block of West Sunset Boulevard and the second store is in the 4600 block of Franklin Avenue.

All three suspects took a number of items. They fled on foot, and no vehicle was seen. The same suspects have committed thefts at the Sunset Boulevard location many times in the past. Detectives believe the suspects live in the area.

The three suspect were described as male Hispanics in their 20’s. One was last seen wearing a white shirt, one a black long sleeve shirt and the third a black hooded sweatshirt and pants.

Anyone with information about this incident, or for more information, is asked to call Northeast Area Robbery Detective Kelly Clark at (323) 847-3471. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org.

Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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$145K in Cash Stolen From Van of Santa Ana Marijuana Distributor

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SANTA ANA (CBSLA) – Authorities are searching for at least one suspect who stole $145,000 in cash from the van of a marijuana product distributor Wednesday night in a Santa Ana gas station parking lot. Jan. 15.

The theft, which was caught on security video, occurred at around 7:17 p.m. at a Mobil gas station in the 1300 block of East Dyer Road.

After collecting cash from several pot dispensaries, the victim had parked his van and then walked into the gas station. A Nissan Pathfinder then pulled up and the passenger got out and smashed the victim’s side window. He then took $145,000 in cash and sped away.

The suspect was described as having medium complexion, 25 to 35 years of age, wearing a red jacket […]

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Gun Discharged in Beverly Hills Robbery, Suspect Arrested

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On Saturday, January 11, 2020, at approximately 5:35 p.m., Beverly Hills Police responded to a report of an armed robbery involving shots fired.

A male suspect approached a male adult victim on the sidewalk in the 300-block of N. Canon Dr.  The suspect displayed a firearm and demanded the victim’s property.  After taking the victim’s property (jewelry), the suspect ran from the location.  Sometime during his attempt to escape, the suspect fired at least one round from the firearm. 

WeHo Daily reader Jonny Umansky heard the shots fired and said stores were immediately on lockdown. He provided a photo showing police blocking the streets.

No one was struck by gunfire and no one was injured during the robbery.  

Officers responding to the location immediately located the suspect inside a retail store in the 200-block of N. Beverly.  The suspect ran from police out of the rear of the store.

Police secured the area and began an extensive search.  The suspect was located in the 200-block of north Beverly/Canon alley at approx. 8:30 p.m. and safely taken into custody.  

Police said the suspect’s name and arrest charges will be available after the booking process was completed.

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