Smash and grab theft at Palmdale strip mall

The glass in the storefront was smashed and the lower bars of the security gate were bent upward. Photo by LUIS MEZA

PALMDALE – Palmdale detectives are on the hunt for two thieves who smashed their way into an east Palmdale store and stole money from the store’s register.

The incident happened early Wednesday morning at the Tobacco Shop, located at 248 E. Palmdale Boulevard.

An alarm company notified the store owner that the alarm had been tripped, and then the store owner contacted the Palmdale Station around 1:10 a.m., said Community Relations Deputy Robbie Royster.

“The victim went to the store and saw that the store glass had been shattered,” Royster said. “Two bars on the bottom part of the security gate were bent upward.”

An undisclosed sum of money was taken from the store’s register. Photo by LUIS MEZA

Royster said the thieves pried through the security gate and then broke open the register and stole an undisclosed amount of cash.

“There was loose change scattered all over the place,” Royster said.

One of the burglars was caught on the store’s security surveillance video, which deputies reviewed at the scene.

“The suspect is described as a Black male wearing a white tank top and blue and white shorts,” Royster said. “He appeared to be wearing an unknown piece of clothing that was hiding his face, as well as sunglasses.”

One of the two burglars was caught on tape. Photo by LUIS MEZA

The second suspect was not caught on video surveillance, Royster said.

Authorities are still reviewing the store’s security video, and will be releasing the images to the media if they are unable to identify the suspects, Royster said.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Palmdale Station at 661-272-2400. Information can be provided anonymously by contacting “Crime Stoppers” at 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters “TIPLA” plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website at

  31 comments for “Smash and grab theft at Palmdale strip mall

  1. really
    July 15, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Ace you are correct that many people never mature past the teenage years. That is not a reflection on teenagers as a whole though. The characteristics you mention are more about the fact that our government allows people to do nothing and feel no consequences. Why would you mature and stop partying if your employer was the goverment dole. They never check on you, they never make you show up on time, they never drug test you etc… Also why wouldnt you be ridiculed when you post based on your gut and not using facts.

    • sacryinshame
      July 15, 2012 at 12:57 pm

      Someone said in a comment section earlier this spring that if we thought the response time was bad then, just wait. LASD blames the various legal actions for tying their hands and uses it as the excuse for not responding saying they don’t want to violate anyones rights. Seems like they are trying to teach us all a lesson about going along with Lancaster City Officials…or else.

      • really
        July 15, 2012 at 6:13 pm

        Tats a naive opinion. Most cops in most cities dislike the local leaders. If you think that deputies are out playing enforcer for our city officials your wrong! The truth of the matter is deputies dont have time to do whats neccesary in most cases. There is so much crime and so few deputies that unless someone is dying your going to get a delayed response and a band aid fix. How can a deputy take the time to deal with a loud party when their is someone shot stabbed or robbed every time they turn around. Let alone the fact that they are by themselves instead of with a partner to save money…

        • sacryinshame
          July 15, 2012 at 6:49 pm

          I don’t think it’s so naive.
          I believe the LASD Deputies loved going on those Sec 8 raids and openly harrassing certain people. Out of the area cops call the AV Deputies “cowboys” for a reason.
          The Deputies I see after dark are all with partners or they’re all doing ride-alongs.
          How many cars does it take to respond to someone stabbed or robbed? How many stabbings, shootings and robberies do we have every night and everyday? I read about 1 or 2, not 25 or 30.
          I think everyone has seen all the Deputies standing around talking when something like that happens. Debriefing????
          If the City, County and State would do something about employees on the payroll doing nothing and investigate fraud, they would have money to pay more deputies if we actual need them.
          Responding to a call about a loud party may prevent the stabbing or shooting. Responding to the vacant house breakins, might prevent the neighboring houses from being burglarized. Responding to kids going over the wall into the Armagosa Creek might prevent some graffiti (requiring cleanup) and gee…maybe would have prevented a fire requiring 2 firetrucks to put it out. Responding to kids hiding in the bushes on West Avenue J throwing rocks at cars, would have prevented a car wreck. Deputies responding to a fight in a neighborhood with kids, might prevent Lancaster from being the next city flashed nationwide for kids beating someone to death.
          Call me naive if you want to. I am entitled to my opinion and there are alot of people who agree.

  2. HowStupidAreYou?
    July 14, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    “teenagers” in their 20s and 30s Ace? NONE of these criminals have been “teenagers”!

  3. really
    July 14, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Haha, for some reason when I read this I got a mental picture of Ace watering his lawn in shorts with black socks and penny loafers screaming Hey you damn kids, get off my lawn!

    • William
      July 14, 2012 at 3:38 pm

      More like a bra and panties and a feather boa. That Ace knows how to party.

      • Palmdale_Steve
        July 15, 2012 at 8:45 am

        I thought Ace liked to go around wearing a dirty rain coat…and little else. Guess you have better information.

    • S. Parker
      July 14, 2012 at 10:13 pm

      I laughed so hard I nearly choked. Too funny! Good one!!!!!

  4. SJGranai
    July 13, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Here is my .02 worth…

    Statistically speaking, I bet you will find the majority of the AV Press readers AND voters in the AV…. are white. Why do I link the two? Because the AV press really determines who is going to win elections out here.

    So, why do we read about black crimes more than white crimes here in the AV? Because it is the news that sells to white people.

    Look at a black owned paper and read story after story of crimes against black people by white people. Abuse by police on black people. Lawsuits against companies (with white leadership) for discrimination.

    Now, neither side is reporting false news. It is simply unbalanced reporting. But since it is a business, and business is about sales, and sales is reaching your target demographics….. it will continue on and will not stop.

    While there is still internet access in this country, I suggest folks take it upon themselves to start learning to piece together a readable and FACTUAL story. Find something newsworthy and post it up for the world to see.

    The AV Press and City Hall can manipulate the news they print all they want. It is about high time the general American population starts telling it as it really is.

  5. Concered
    July 13, 2012 at 6:20 am

    LOL! This site has to report on at least one white dude pulling off a crime, they are starting to look bias! Oh wait, it’s the blacks committing all the crimes! I get it, never mind!!

    • Letlow
      July 13, 2012 at 10:36 am

      Check the arrest reports on this site, you will see plenty of white folks committing crimes. But I guess your mind is already made up, facts be damned!!

      • Concered
        July 13, 2012 at 10:59 am

        Talking about the articles on this site. You’re so quick to jump on your soap box there Letlow!! We can always count on it!! Classic. Ever wonder why the articles are always about black people? Ya arrests are one thing……DUI, possession….I am talking about THEFT CRIMES!!!

        • Crime Fighter
          July 13, 2012 at 12:16 pm

          Cuz theys think the white man owes them! All those years of oppression make thems think they can take take take!

        • Gerald
          July 13, 2012 at 11:04 pm

          Kind of like how your so quick to endlessly emphasis the “black” in all black crime here? So why do you jump on those who respond? It’s like your yelling “everyone look at me, look at me, as I grind in the fact of black crime”!
          And then complain when you get what you want. The attention you ask for.
          And tho we certainly have had a run on black crime this year, and as you obsess on “black”, something like this, committed by white men, is happening almost weekly.

          • really
            July 13, 2012 at 11:30 pm

            Gerald, What does a white guy killing his family in another county have to do with our crime problem here? Any person of any race can commit a crime! Your defensive argument of pointing the finger elsewhere doesnt help. To be bluntly honest most people dont care about most types of crime. Although tragic most people arent impacted by a family tragedy ,domestic violence etc.. Most people are only swayed by crimes where anyone can be the victim i.e. burglary, robbery, carjacking, assault, rape or kidnapping. So when you look at the crimes that everyday citizens become victims of I can show you dozens of those stories from right here in the av, and the vast majority involve a male black suspect.

          • Gerald
            July 13, 2012 at 11:51 pm

            As I’ve pointed out before, this decade. Last decade not so much. I point out that someone is complaining about someone complaining about what the 1st someone is harping on. Black crime. And around and around it goes.
            But we have had a father committing family murder in this town just last year. I think the man’s name was Asams, and he killed his mother and then drove to Palmdale and killed his wife.
            And I don’t care if people here are to busy to callous to be bothered with it. It truly is happening across the country weekly. With white fathers doing the killing. Like the white billionaire who was picked up today for killing his wife.
            The fact that the regular joe doesn’t care doesn’t make it less horrendous then the robberies committed by our young black men in town.
            You seem to think I’m denying the uptick in crimes committed by black men here. I’m not. I’m just pointing out some folks here take JOY in it. I would suggest they hope it continues, so they can feel better about their less then stellar lives by comparing themselves to others who are lower on the food chain because of those criminal acts. But more importantly because the crimes are being committed by something they will never be. A different color. Something along the lines of “yes, I’m stealing from the government by cheating on my taxes, but at least I’m not a BLACK man stealing from a store scaring people!”
            Pride for what they’re not, instead of who they are.

          • sacryinshame
            July 14, 2012 at 2:06 am

            The stories we are reading in this news source are local and daily.
            If the survelliance cameras are showing a white face, the story would have been the same except for the descriptions. Same for the sex offender stories and the shootings. The fact is, those guys committing those crimes were black.
            No one is saying white people don’t commit crimes. Just not so much here in the AV compared to what’s going on right now with all the young black men. If you find a crime being committed by a white person that you want to see covered, call the AV Times that day so they can investigate.
            We can watch the world news if we want to know what is going on elsewhere.
            This is a local news source.

    • Adam Chant
      July 13, 2012 at 4:12 pm

      So are you implying that the publisher of this site is perpetuating a media agenda to paint one race a certain way? Not likely.
      It just happens that the sensational crimes are currently being committed by a given race that is nothing more than a subset of a given socioeconomic group that is nothing more than a subset of a given gender and is nothing more than a subset of Humans.
      People break the law and that is all there is to it. No reason to break it down into a specific group or race. We all just need to be more vigilant about our surroundings, report suspicious activity and we’ll get ahead of the crime spree.

      • AV Res.
        July 13, 2012 at 4:35 pm

        Good thinking, Adam!

      • Letlow
        July 13, 2012 at 4:39 pm

        Very well said and well written. I had given up on trying to explain those points to some of the hard headed individuals that post on this site.

        Perhaps I was just explaining it wrong. You have just broken it down perfectly. Thank you!!

        • Quigley
          July 13, 2012 at 8:25 pm

          So Adam writes something somewhat educated, and Letlow gets it…what you both need to get is some new glasses because all I see in the pictures attached to the crime articles are black males. It is racial and the blacks whose mug shots aren’t on the front page everyday are fkn tired of being labeled ghetto hood rats. It is what it is….black against ghetto.

          • sacryinshame
            July 14, 2012 at 2:22 am

            Hey Quigley, I think I understand what you are saying. The black men NOT committing the crimes are sick of being lumped into the group a ghetto hood rats who are committing the crimes. Perhaps the black men NOT doing the crimes can have some influence on the bad guys to get them to stop. Teach them to take some pride in themselves and have some respect for others.

      • really
        July 13, 2012 at 6:18 pm

        That is a very ignorant way to look at things. There are many factors that effect crime. Implying that crime is committed randomly by people of all races with no contributing factors or trends completely runs contrary to volumes of research and statistics that show young black men commit a disproportinate amount of crime. Furthermore you cant have it both ways, you cant completely blow off stats when they relate to crime. Then use stats to demand affirmative action and other race based preferential treatment programs.

  6. ryenisha jackson
    July 12, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    lol got to love our city where would we be without all the black males running a muck

    • Concered
      July 13, 2012 at 9:34 am

      A bit more safe maybe?!

    • sacryinshame
      July 14, 2012 at 2:25 am

      We would be able to focus on getting a new mayor, vice mayor, city manager, public safety manager and new city council members.

      • wft?
        July 14, 2012 at 9:50 am

        sure Maggie Campbell…keep dreamin!

  7. SadButTrue
    July 12, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    “The suspect is described as a Black male wearing a white tank top and blue and white shorts,”

    …WHAT’S NEW?

  8. Quigley
    July 12, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    I’m impressed that the Dumb Sh@!’s finally figured out they need to cover their ugly faces instead of smiling for the cameras…

  9. DBxx
    July 12, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    More black males!!! Lol ;P

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