2 held in armed robberies

From a Times Staff Writer

A man and a woman suspected of a daylong string of armed robberies across Los Angeles and Orange counties were in custody Sunday night after being apprehended during a traffic stop.

They were not identified by the Long Beach Police Department, which was leading the investigation, nor the Los Angeles Police Department, which arrested the pair.

Jackie Bezant, a Long Beach police spokeswoman, said the run of robberies lasted about 24 hours and included businesses in at least six cities: Downey, Cerritos, Huntington Beach, Buena Park, La Palma and Long Beach.

No one was injured in any of the robberies, she said.

Bezant said she did not know how much money was taken, what kind of weapon was used or whether both suspects or only one entered the businesses.

According to On Scene Video, an independent news-gathering organization, the security tape at Downey Liquor, 7617 Firestone Blvd., showed a male entering the store, brandishing a handgun and demanding cash.

After a doughnut shop and sandwich shop in Long Beach were robbed, police there called the LAPD's Southeast Division and asked for help apprehending the suspects, according to an LAPD spokeswoman.

The pair were picked up at about 7:30 p.m. at Imperial Highway and Figueroa Street.

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