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January 29, 2009 (La Mesa) — At 7:39 PM, La Mesa Police
responded to a report of an armed robbery from the Burlington Coat Factory
located at 7938 El Cajon Boulevard.  Several La Mesa Police officers and the Sheriff's helicopter
ASTREA responded to the scene, but the suspect had fled prior to their arrival.  The
suspect entered the open business, brandished a handgun to a clerk and ordered
them to give him the money.  The suspect fled with an undisclosed amount
of money.  No employees or customers were injured.

The suspect is described as a black male adult, 35-40 yrs. old, bald or a
shaved head, wearing a black hat, red long sleeve shirt, black pants and black
shoes.  He was armed with a handgun.

If you have any information on this case, please call the La Mesa Police Department
at (619) 667-1400.  This investigation is continuing.

You may also call Crime Stoppers' anonymous toll-free tip line (888) 580-TIPS
(or www.sdcrimestoppers.com).  You can remain anonymous, and be eligible
for a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in this case.

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