FLETCHER PARKWAY – For the second time in two days, an armed robbery has occurred in a generally quiet part of La Mesa.

Just after 7 p.m. Sunday evening, La Mesa police report a man armed with a handgun entered the PETCO store at 8501 Fletcher Parkway and demanded cash. After receiving an undisclosed sum, the man fled on foot and no vehicle was known to be involved.

Police describe the robber as a black male in his late 20s, 5-7, medium build, wearing a black mask with a tan border around the eyes, a royal blue jacket and dark pants. A witness reported seeing the suspect prior to the robbery without a mask and described a large scar over his right eye, extending from above the eye down to his cheek.

On Saturday evening, a similar robbery occurred at the Liquor Mart on La Mesa Boulevard, though the gunman in that robbery was described as a white male with brown hair and blue eyes, who also stole a pack of cigarettes and fled on foot.

While, in general, crime rates in La Mesa have been on the decline in recent years, police say the number of trolley stops and highway exits and entrances that are gathered in La Mesa may be making the area susceptible to crimes of convenience, perpetrated by criminals who pass in and out of the area quickly. Surveillance equipment is being improved at trolley stops and more collaboration between city and transit police is also underway to try to combat crimes of this type.

Police are looking for citizen help in solving both of the weekend robberies.

If you have any information on this case, you can call the La Mesa Police Department at (619) 667-1400. You may also call Crime Stoppers’ anonymous toll-free tip line (888) 580-TIPS (or www.sdcrimestoppers.com). You can remain anonymous, and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in this case.

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