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Four arrested in police stakeout

MEDIA DISTRICT WEST - A courier’s hunch that she might be robbed a

second time as she serviced automated teller machines in Burbank led to

the arrest of four Los Angeles residents Friday on suspicion of

conspiracy to commit armed robbery, police said.

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Eric Hall, 28, Burt Carter, 27, and two boys, ages 16 and 17, were

arrested around 7:30 a.m. near the 3800 block of West Alameda Avenue

after a brief pursuit by officers, said Burbank Police Lt. Don Brown. An

additional suspect is still at large, he said.

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The four, whom Brown called violent individuals, were arrested after

undercover officers began surveillance of the Vista Credit Union ATM

machine at 3800 W. Alameda Ave. early Friday, Brown said.

The officers were watching the building after an ATM courier - who was

robbed of $40,000 at the same machine on Oct. 8 - contacted police on

Thursday to report that she thought she was being followed.

“She had a feeling that she would be hit again somewhere on her

route,” Brown said.

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Police, who believe the four are connected with the October robbery,

said the woman was right on target.

On Friday, the two adults and two teenagers were arrested after the

undercover officers noticed two suspicious cars - one of which was

reported stolen in Los Angeles - outside the building. Marked patrol cars

attempted to make traffic stops but the drivers of both cars - a

Chevrolet Suburban and Jeep Cherokee - sped away. They were stopped near

by, Brown said.

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Police said they found three loaded handguns including a 9 mm Glock

with its serial numbers filed off inside the Jeep.

The two boys who were driving the stolen Jeep were caught when they

crashed into another car on Riverside Drive, Brown said. A third suspect

in the Jeep eluded officers when he ran across both sides of the Ventura

(134) Freeway, Brown said.

Carter and Hall were arrested after they stopped the Suburban and

attempted to flee on foot, Brown said. They were being held Friday in

Burbank City Jail. Carter’s bail was set at $35,000 and Hall’s bail was

set at $500,000. They are scheduled to be arraigned in Burbank Municipal

Court on Tuesday, a city jailer said.

Burbank Police were unable to say Friday whether the two boys were

released to their parents or were being held in a county juvenile

facility.


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