4 armed bandits take $5,000 in Lakewood home invasion

Full story: Long Beach Press-Telegram

Four armed bandits staged a home invasion robbery in Lakewood today, reportedly taking some $5,000 in cash and several other items.

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Kingbuku

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Were the victims Asian? I noticed the sheriff's department spokesperson had an Asian sounding name. Just coincidence? Does law enforcement pair up crime investigation and victims by race? If so, is that racist? I've always wondered that, maybe Crazyhorse or one of the other cops that post here could enlighten us. I heard somewhere that Asian criminals favor home invasion, is it true?
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So The Grimace has turned to a life of crime. How sad.
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Rest assured that the ACLU will do everything in their power to prevent law enforcement from capturing the criminals. If the criminals are caught the ACLU will do their best getting the criminals off and insult the victims.
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Most likely the perps and victims were Asian, but the PC to da max news will never tell us this because they MIGH be charged with telling the truth.

Oh my gosh we can't tell any facts of any news it might offend some. The area this crime was committed in is heavy Asian. Home invasions are a common way of crime for in that culture.
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I find it hard to believe someone would have $5000 cash in their house, unless they're dealing in illegal goods of some sort. If they were, then it makes sense that robbers would know about and target them.
LBCityGirl

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Hey B-man, that was my first thought too. I wonder if the "other misc items" that were taken are drugs or some other illegal contraband like counterfeit goods.
simon says

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B-man wrote:
I find it hard to believe someone would have $5000 cash in their house, unless they're dealing in illegal goods of some sort. If they were, then it makes sense that robbers would know about and target them.
not everyone that has a large amount of money at home is a drug dealer. i can say majority of the asian population have $5,000.00 and more at home because they feel it safer at home then in the bank or that they want to have some cash at home in case of emergency.
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the point is ....we have to get tough with the court system,judges, and our so called state officals to pass down hard punishment laws ,so when these law breakers get caught our laws will have a real bite and not a slap on the wrist
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I live in the area and it is not mostly asian on this side of Lakewood. We have less crime on the east side than the west side. I also question the 5000 in cash and 4 iphones...sounds like a target.. What a stupid question , "Does law enforcement pair up crime investigation and victims by race? If so, is that racist?" Unbelievable!!!!!
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Umm no, the victims are NOT asian. I live about 4 houses down from where this happened. I don't understand why this would happen, because we have a very quiet and safe community. Ironically just about a month ago, a car was stolen from an older woman on the block too. I don't know why our block is being targeted and/or if the two crimes have any connection. Hopefully justice will be served, because I'm afraid to be in this area right now.
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B-man wrote:
I find it hard to believe someone would have $5000 cash in their house, unless they're dealing in illegal goods of some sort. If they were, then it makes sense that robbers would know about and target them.
Why is it hard to believe that people keep that amount of money in their homes? Did it ever occur to you that everyone is not broke and not living paycheck to paycheck. For some people, that is pocket change. How do they earn it? Working. Good old fashion education put to work. I know it's a foreign concept. You should try it.
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LBCityGirl wrote:
Hey B-man, that was my first thought too. I wonder if the "other misc items" that were taken are drugs or some other illegal contraband like counterfeit goods.
You need to get out of your narrow world. Of course people keep cash in their homes in the event of a catastrophe. When you would be banging on an ATM hoping for your 60.00 to come out those of us who are prepared will be good to go.
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This is virtually Hawaiian Gardens. Why are people shocked by this crime? A heavily, Latino-gang infested area. It is not a stretch.
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Any info on how the robbery was pulled off? Was the front door kicked in at 1:30 in the morning or what? It would be nice to hear how it was done so folks could learn and keep it from happening to them.
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Kudos to the robbers who picked the house with $5,000 cash. If they busted into my crib, they'd be lucky to get a few Jacksons, plus whatever change they could shake out of the sofa cushions.
LBCityGirl

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ANDY007-- I keep cash on hand for an emergency too, but $5000? Come on...
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LBCityGirl : would you marry me ....LOL
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VIVA LA RAZA.......Suckers!
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Jan 28, 2009
 
with banks failing and all, why wouldn't someone have 5,000 if not more at home instead of keeping it at the bank?
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LBCityGirl wrote:
ANDY007-- I keep cash on hand for an emergency too, but $5000? Come on...
it's not too much...$5,000.00 can't get you much no aday. that is just the minimum.

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