From the not-so-smart criminals file:
Two men were quickly arrested after a Beverly Hills armed robbery Monday, spotted from a police helicopter as they drove away from the crime scene, officials said.
About 1:30 Monday afternoon, a man was robbed in an underground parking garage in the 300 block of North Swall Drive, Beverly Hills Police Department spokesman Tony Lee said. A man approached the victim, pulled a knife and took his wallet, then got into a car with an accomplice, Lee said.
Beverly Hills police officers arrived within 72 seconds, Lee said. But the men were already gone.
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An LAPD helicopter found the car “almost immediately” near 3rd Street and Fairfax Avenue, he said. Shannon Hausey, 35, of Perris and Raymond Preston, 22, of Los Angeles were arrested. A knife and the victim’s wallet were in the car, Lee said.
The moral of the story: If you’re trying to blend into traffic, you might not want to drive a bright yellow Volkswagen Beetle.