Suspect Involved in Multiple Robberies Arrested

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On Wednesday, February 8, 2012, at approximately 6:23 p.m., officers from the Long Beach Police Department assisted Huntington Beach Police Department with the arrest of a robbery suspect believed to be linked to three armed commercial robberies in Long Beach and one in Huntington Beach.

The robberies occurred on the following dates at these locations:

Date/Time Area: Type of Business:


2/2/2012, 10:34 p.m. – 200 Block of Orange Avenue –  Convenience Store

2/2/2012, 11:04 p.m. – 3100 Block of Broadway Food – Establishment

2/3/2012, 9:28 a.m. – 400 Block of Obispo Avenue Food – Establishment


2/3/2012, 9:00 p.m. – 18000 Block of Main Street – Food Establishment

HBPD officers had identified a possible suspect vehicle after a witness to the robbery in their city obtained a vehicle description and partial license plate. The suspect description closely matched that of a suspect wanted in connection with three robberies in Long Beach the week before, and the vehicle was located in Long Beach where LBPD officers conducted a traffic stop on it in the area of Willow Street and Redondo Avenue. The two occupants of the vehicle were arrested by HBPD and transported, booked in the Huntington Beach jail for first-degree robbery, and the investigation is ongoing.

The suspects in the Huntington Beach robbery have been identified as Long Beach residents Tad Lauren Bennett, 27, and 26-year-old Anthony Lee Bearden. The two were arraigned on Friday, February 10, 2012, and the Orange County District Attorney filed two counts of robbery on each suspect.

LBPD detectives are continuing their investigation into the robberies in Long Beach, and the case against Suspect Bearden is expected to be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office on Wednesday, February 15, 2012.

Anyone with information on the robberies or any other crimes that the named suspects may be involved in is urged to contact Long Beach Police Robbery Detail Detective Rudy Romero at (562) 570-7464. Anonymous tips can be sent via text or web by visiting

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