Robber Likely Responsible for One Man Retail Crime Wave Arrested After $7,000 South Lake Avenue Jewelry Heist

Published : Monday, April 29, 2019 | 5:48 AM

It is not yet known if the suspect arrested on Saturday evening after allegedly robbing the South Lake Avenue Macy's is the same man as the suspect pictured above, who robbed the same store's department in a similar crime last year. Image courtesy Pasadena Police Dept.

A robber pretending to be a customer was arrested after he took a $7,000 gold necklace, flashed what appeared to be a silver handgun to store security, and fled the South Lake Avenue Macy’s on Saturday evening.

Pasadena police found the suspect and arrested him shortly after 6:50 p.m. in the vicinity of South Hudson Avenue and California Boulevard, according to Lt. Marcia Taglioretti. The Macy’s is about one-half block to the north, at 401 South Lake Avenue.

Officers recovered the necklace and what turned out to be a simulated weapon from the suspect’s backpack, Taglioretti reported.

The suspect was identified as Marcus Devon Smith, 26, of Berkeley, California. He was booked for robbery.

Smith is currently being held in Los Angeles at the Inmate Reception Center in lieu of $76,000 bail. He was also wanted in Oakland, according to online booking records.

Smith reportedly also confessed to a number of similar grab-and-run robberies at other retail stores throughout Southern California, authorities said.

What is not yet known is if Smith is the same man who pulled off a successful robbery with a similar modus operandi last September in the same Macy’s jewelry department.

In that case, the suspect pulled out a silver handgun and demanded $6,500 in jewelry be put by terrified clerks at the same Macy’s into a bag he was carrying shortly before store closing time about 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018.

Pasadena Police Lt. Max Dahlstein said the robber made a clean getaway in that case, but store security systems captured images of the suspect that were released to the public.

Pasadena detectives are investigating the cases.


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