South L.A. robber is sought

Los Angeles Police Department detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying an armed man who has robbed more than a dozen sandwich and retail shops in South Los Angeles.

The man, whom authorities have dubbed the "Left-Handed Eyeglass Bandit," typically walks in the front door of a business, draws a small-caliber revolver with his left hand and demands money from the clerk.

Police described the robber as an African American man in his 30s, who is 5 feet 10 and weighs between 160 and 190 pounds. He wears eyeglasses and dresses casually. He may be driving a 1990s four-door dark blue or black car with a hard-shell tire cover on the trunk.

The robberies occurred between Oct. 21 and Monday and included at least three Subway sandwich shops and three Metro PCS stores. Anyone with information is asked to call 77th Street Division detectives at (213) 473-4862.

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