Man Allegedly Robs Sears at Gunpoint for Work Boots

Authorities released surveillance photos Tuesday of man sought after he allegedly robbed a Sears department store in the Industry area at gunpoint, taking a pair of work boots.

The robbery occurred around 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 23 in the 1600 block of Azusa Avenue.

In a surveillance video, the man could be seen trying on a pair of boots. The man allegedly left the store with the boots but did not pay.

A loss prevention officer stopped the man when he tried to exit the store, but he took out a gun, pointed it at her and cocked the hammer, said Det. Steve Fernandez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

The store employee, "fearing for her safety," put her hands up and walked away, Fernandez said.

The robber got away in a sedan, possibly a 1990s model Nissan Maxima with faded black paint and a license plate beginning with "7A," police
said.

The man was described as a 20 to 25 years old, with tattoos on his right forearm and on the back of his neck.

Anyone with information about the man's identity or his whereabouts was asked to call the sheriff's Industry Station at 626-934-3021, or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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