You Can Run But You Can't Hide

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.

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.

--Lauren Raab

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