first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Jones alleged the suspects wore green clothing displaying sheriff’s department logos, identified themselves as sheriff’s deputies or police officers, and subjected the victims to “pat-down” searches. The suspects then took the victims’ wallets and/or cash and told them to keep walking, Jones said. The pair were arrested in the city of Los Angeles when a detective from Los Angeles Police Department’s Rampart Division saw them detaining several people, Jones said. “It appears that some of these locations where the suspects hit (were) in areas where day laborers would work,” sheriff’s Detective Dan Jaramillo said at a news conference. “In the afternoon hours, people would be coming home from work with large amounts of cash in their pockets,” Jaramillo said. “Sometimes it was hundreds of dollars that people lost.” A preliminary hearing is scheduled to begin today for a man and a woman charged with robbing more than 20 people, most of them undocumented workers, while impersonating sheriff’s deputies. Steve Leo, 34, and Sabrina John, 32, are each being held on $500,000 bail, said Deputy Johnie Jones of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau. The pair, arrested late last month, are charged with three counts of robbery and two counts of attempted robbery stemming from alleged crimes committed between Aug. 30 and Oct. 23 in Los Angeles and Orange counties. Leo and John are due in Bellflower Superior Court this morning for a preliminary hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to require them to stand trial on the felony charges. Deputies displayed the uniforms and badges that the suspects allegedly wore. “The key to this is that we’ve caught the suspects, because it’s serious to … what law enforcement represents,” Sheriff Lee Baca said. “We are not in the business of committing crime.” Other possible victims were urged to call the sheriff’s department at (562) 946-7136. Spanish-speaking investigators will be available to handle complaints, authorities said. For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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