“They started doing their takeover and customers started scattering,” Foster said. Some customers ran through an emergency exit that set off an alarm, alerting police. The suspects, who got no money or property from the store, fled in a dark, four-door car shortly after the alarm went off. “We believe they are the same guys,” Foster said, referring to the Pasadena arrestees. At 7:05 p.m., a robbery was reported at Play It Again Sports, at 3640 E. Colorado Blvd. in an unincorporated area near Pasadena, sheriff’s Lt. Robert Craton said. One employee was struck on the head, said a dispatcher at the sheriff’s Temple station. The robbers got $400, Craton said. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2110 View Larger MapView Larger Map160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – Three suspects were arrested in connection with a crime spree Thursday that included two violent takeover-style store robberies, authorities said. Rick Escoe, 19, and Charles Hendricks, 20, both of Pasadena, and Kini Pearce, 22, of Altadena, were taken into custody on suspicion of two street robberies in Pasadena and earlier incidents in unincorporated Pasadena and Covina. The later robberies happened about 9:15 p.m. and involved three men brandishing a handgun at pedestrians and demanding money, police said. “They’re investigating a connection,” Pasadena police spokeswoman Janet Pope Givens said of detectives. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe first crime took place at North Lake Avenue and East Elizabeth Street when a 15-year-old male was approached. He said he had no money and ran from the scene. The second incident was several blocks away at North Los Robles Avenue and Flower Street in which a teenage couple were robbed, Pope Givens said. In the second robbery, the victims saw the men flee in a vehicle and called police, Lt. Lisa Perrine said. Officers spotted the suspects’ car and arrested them. After the arrests, detectives learned that the suspects matched the description of men wanted in two store takeovers, Pope Givens said. The first store robbery took place at a CVS/pharmacy at 206 N. Azusa Ave. in Covina about 5:50 p.m. Three suspects entered the store and ordered customers to the ground, police said. At least two of the men were carrying handguns, Covina police Sgt. Dave Foster said. One of the men pistol-whipped a store manager in attempt to get money out of the safe, but the robbers were unsuccessful.