Police Release Video of Check Cashing Store Robbery

by Katie Pyzyk July 30, 2012 at 2:15 pm 4,876 27 Comments

Police have released surveillance video they hope will help lead to the arrests of suspects from last week’s check cashing store robbery in the 4700 block of Columbia Pike.

According to police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck, the two men confronted an employee as she was approaching the store to begin her shift last Wednesday (July 25). One held a gun to her head, the other a knife to her neck. They forced her to open the safe and made off with its contents, which was nearly $40,000.

The suspects are both described as Hispanic men between 5’8″ and 5’10” with medium builds.

Anyone who has information about the suspects or the crime is asked to contact Detective Robert Wright at 703-228-4197 or [email protected] To report information anonymously, contact the Arlington County Crime Solvers at 866-411-TIPS (8477).

  • Enough already

    We’re probably paying for their Section 8 housing, They needed money for tequila.

    • Thes

      And on what basis would you draw these suppositions?

    • Dude Where’s My Car

      Your troll-fu is weak. old man.

  • JimPB

    Wait for the facts.

  • NrNy2ArlVa

    Anyone ever think to count how many times Columbia Pike has been mentioned here within the last year.

    • SomeGuy

      No. But there are 283 articles that have been tagged with “Columbia Pike.” What are you getting at?

      • SomeGuy

        (283 over the lifetime of ArlNow, not just the last year.)

      • NrNy2ArlVa

        Have to watch my back when I go out my door……I live on Columbia Pike.

    • The voice in your head

      Doesn’t the operator of the blog live near Columbia Pike? Would stand to reason this part of the county would get a lot of coverage…..

  • drax

    Time to round up everyone with those little backpack thingies!

    • John K.

      I agree… but, my support of that measure predates this crime.

      • drax

        If only we had listened to you….

  • Lee-n-Glebe

    There appears to be a huge market for low-cost, high quality surveillance cameras. I’m pretty sure you can get something with a zillion times better resolution at Target for a few hundred bucks.

  • SomeGuy

    Anyone know why they’d wait almost a week to release this? Seems like they’d want to get the information out ASAP considering time is often of the essence when trying to locate a suspect.

    • Richard Cranium

      My guess is that they had to combine footage from 2 different cameras and then put in the floating face fuzzer-outer thingy. It took a week because they probably made the mistake of doing it in house and not doing the smart thing, which would have been to hire a 15 year-old, who could have gotten it done in 20 minutes.

      • Ben

        Or they could have been working on leads and didn’t want to freak the perpetrators into fleeing the area.

        But your explanation is probably more spot on….

  • Robin Hood

    Any word on if they’ve captured video of the check cashing store routinely and legally robbing its poor patrons?

    • South Awwlington

      Join a bank or Credit Union?

    • Dude Where’s My Car

      I see your point, Mr. Hood, but the check cashing company will be covered insurance to replace the $40 K that is no doubt a pittance to them, while meanwhile the employee who works there will probably need treatment for nightmares and PTSD, which probably her insurance company won’t cover, and which she personally probably can’t afford to purchase out of pocket.

      “Blimey, this redistribution of wealth is trickier than I thought!” — Dennis Moore, Monty Python’s Flying Circus


      • sunflower

        ha…..thanks for the link

    • Greg

      Would you prefer they go to a loan shark or a bank that will charge them NDF after NSF on top of their monthly fee because they don’t have the means or self control to maintain enough money in their account?

      Good and Bad isn’t black and white. It’s relative.

      • Dude Where’s My Car

        Well the Fed finally told the banks they had to stop AUTOMATICALLY enrolling people in overdraft programs that would allow a charge to go through, but then hit the customer with the NSFs. Banks were doing this and raking in billions. As Tiberius Caesar put it, you’re supposed to *shear* the sheep, not *skin* them.

        Now if we can just get the banks to stop laundering drug & terrorist money, and stop illegally fixing interbank interest rates, well… maybe one day you can recommend people putting their money in a bank. 😀

  • Dude Where’s My Car

    apologies for wording, obviously i need to read before hitting submit 😛

  • John Fontain

    The video couldn’t have been any less helpful. It pretty much captured the back of their heads the entire time (and in grainy quality).

  • However installed those camera was in on the robbery. Worse security camera footage ever.

  • wow those 2 are young. They look like teenagers and I do think they are Hispanic (and I’m not being racist – just observing).

  • UA

    I still think it is an inside job. What business has a safe camera that it is not even pointed at the safe, so they can not see how much money was in the safe? His actions and her actions do not fit the profile. She is not acting like she is that scared (granted I can not see her face but her motions are not that of someone that is terrified).

    At 1:36 she touches the remote thingy (door unlock button?) and then looks into the camera. Guilty..


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