Boba Stop in San Luis Obispo robbed at gunpoint
Police investigate string of robberies in San Luis Obispo
–Police are investigating a string of robberies in San Luis Obispo that they say may be related after Boba Stop in San Luis Obispo was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday night. There has been six robberies reported in San Luis Obispo since the end of June, and in each case, the suspect is described as a white male, possibly is his twenties, who wore dark clothing and something to cover up his face to include to include either a silver-metallic type mask, a blue surgical mask or bandana leaving only the eyes exposed. The suspect has been described as having blue eyes and ranging anywhere from 5’10” to 6’ 2” tall.
On Tuesday night at about 11 p.m., the San Luis Obispo Police Department received a 911 call reporting an armed robbery had just occurred inside The Boba Stop located at 578 California in San Luis Obispo. An unknown suspect reportedly entered the store and approached an employee behind the front counter where the cash register is located. The suspect approached and displayed a handgun telling the store clerk to hand over all of the money in the register. The clerk gave the cash from the register to him and the suspect fled out the front door of the business.
The suspect fled on foot towards Taft. Employees watched the suspect walk northbound across Taft toward Kentucky. Employees lost sight of the suspect as he crossed the street.
The suspect was described as a white male, 6’2”, with blue eyes, wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, a grey bandana covering his face and blue jeans.
The San Luis Obispo Police Department is investigating a series of recent and similar robberies that have not only taken place in San Luis Obispo, but in other areas around the county. Detectives are working closely with other agencies to collaborate and share resources to catch the responsible suspect(s) for these crimes.
The following robberies have taken place in San Luis Obispo over the course of the last couple of months, with activity increasing in the month of September:
Lexington Inn – 2050 Garfield, on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 10:30 p.m.
Trader Joes – 3977 S. Higuera, on Sunday, July 3, 2016 at 9:30 p.m.
San Luis Fish and Barbecue – 474 Marsh, on Monday, Sept. 5, 2016 at 8:46 p.m.
Panda Express -1508 Froom Ranch, on Friday, Sept. 9 at 2:10 p.m.
Sally Beauty Supply – 285 Madonna Road, on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 4:06 p.m.
Boba – 578 California, on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 11:04 p.m.
In each of these robberies the suspect brandished a firearm and demanded cash. Similarities include the suspect being described as a white male, possibly is his twenties. In all the robberies the suspect wore dark clothing and something to cover up his face to include to include either a silver-metallic type mask, a blue surgical mask or bandana leaving only the eyes exposed. The suspect has been described as having blue eyes and ranging anywhere from 5’10” to 6’ 2” tall.
The suspect may be working with an accomplice. A second suspect, wearing dark clothing and a mask, was witnessed at the San Luis and Barbecue robbery who stood by the front door as a look-out. In most of the robberies the suspect was seen fleeing on foot, however, at the Trader Joe’s robbery, the suspect we seen leaving in an older (7-10-year-old) unknown model, gold sedan.
In the Panda Express robbery (photograph below) the suspect was wearing a black wrap or sweat band around the right wrist, possibly as an attempt to cover a tattoo or other identifiable feature.