PALMDALE – Palmdale detectives are searching for three suspects who stole cigarettes and beer from a Palmdale CVS and then struck an employee in the face before leaving, authorities said.
The incident happened around 5:39 p.m. Sunday at the CVS in the 2500 Block of East Avenue S in Palmdale, according to Palmdale Station deputy Wolfe.
Wolfe said three Black males, believed to be in their 20s, entered the store and stole three cartons of cigarettes and two cases of beers.
“When they left they hit — and we’re not sure if it was a punch or hit — the employee in the face,” Wolfe said. “It was enough to make it to where the charge changed from a petty theft to a robbery because of the force.”
Wolfe said the three suspects left in a silver SUV, but deputies are not sure of the make and model.
“If there are witnesses that want to come forward, they can call the Palmdale Station if they saw anything or were in the area that day,” Wolfe said.
“Anyone with information on this robbery is asked to call the Palmdale Station at 661-272-2400. If you would like to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222- 8477.