Armed Robber Slips Into Fullerton Homes Through Open Garage Doors

Three robberies were reported in the same area of Fullerton Sunday night. Police believe those three crimes were committed by the same person. In all three incidents, the robber brandished a handgun and entered the homes through open garage doors

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    A spree of robberies, including one that involved a teen being held up at gunpoint in the driveway of his home, in the Fullerton area have residents on edge and officials passing out informational fliers. Hetty Chang reports for NBC4 News at 5 p.m. from Fullerton Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (Published Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014)

    Police in Fullerton suspect a robbery Tuesday night might be the work of a man they believe targeted residences with open garage doors when he committed at least six robberies in the area in as many weeks.

    Fullerton police responded to reports of a robbery in the 1200 block of Crestview Drive at 9 p.m. where a resident was injured.

    The 17 year old, who did not want to be identified, spoke with NBC4, wearing a bandage on his forehead Wednesday he said he got from being pushed and shoved to the ground.

    "He pretty much said, 'I don't care where it is, give me my money,'" said the victim."I heard the gun load behind my head, I heard the click of the hammer. I knew exactly where it was because I could feel the tip of it against the back of my head."

    Homes With Open Garage Doors Targeted in Fullerton Heists

    [LA] Homes With Open Garage Doors Targeted in Fullerton Heists
    At least six robberies involving a thief who entered through open garage doors have been reported recently in Fullerton. Ted Chen reports for the NBC4 News at Noon on Wednesday Aug. 20, 2014. (Published Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014)

    Three robberies were reported in the same area of northwest Fullerton Sunday night. Police believe those three crimes were committed by the same person. In almost all the incidents, the robber brandished a handgun and entered the homes through open garage doors.

    A man who entered a couple’s home through their partially open garage door in the 1500 block of Avenida Selva pointed a handgun at the couple and demanded money. The couple gave him money and he left, according to the wife.

    "He had a gun pointed straight at us and I don't recall what he said but I know he wanted money," said the woman. "I was petrified, I've never gone through this experience ever."

    Another robbery, in which the man also entered through the garage door and pointed a handgun, was reported on the same street shortly after Sunday.

    Later that night, another robbery was reported in the 2600 block of Trieste Way. The residents entered their home through the garage door and the robber stepped inside as the door was closing.

    He pointed a handgun at the residents and demanded the woman's purse, police said.

    In all three incidents Sunday, the man was described as between 6 feet and 6 feet 4 inches tall and approximately 180 pounds. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and bandana.

    Police were handing out flyers to urge residents to be aware of their surroundings.

    "We're asking citizens to close their windows, lock their doors and for the time being, please do not leave your garage doors left partially open," said Fullerton police Sgt. Kathryn Hamel, a department spokeswoman.

    The subject description matches the description of the person involved in three other robberies in the same area six weeks ago.

    Anyone with information is urged to call 714-738-6753.