Breaking: Multiple robberies reported in La Jolla

According to online reports, as many as three armed robberies or attempted robberies took place in La Jolla in the last several days, as recently as Tuesday night.

This morning (Wednesday, Oct. 12), two men (one of them reportedly carrying a gun) broke into a house on the 7900 block of Avenida Alamar while a couple were inside. The suspects in the 8 a.m. home invasion are described as two Hispanic men, between the ages of 17-22. The suspects reportedly saw the couple and ran out.

An armed robbery was also reported around 9 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 11 on the 1300 block of Virginia Way as the homeowner pulled into his garage, said San Diego Police Department Sgt. Michael Tansey

The victim said as he was approaching his residence, three robbers emerged, two of them armed with handguns. The victim gave the robbers his watch, cell phone and a briefcase before they fled on foot. All three were seen wearing black ski masks and dark clothing, Tansey said.

Police are also investigating whether a collection of robberies that took place earlier that night in Sunset Cliffs, Ocean Beach and La Jolla are connected.

“We’re not saying that they are a series, but that the suspect descriptions are similar,” Tansey said.

In the first instance, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports, a woman was getting out of her parked vehicle outside of her home on Monaco Street when a man walked up about 8:35 p.m. Tuesday.

The suspect asked if the woman had seen his lost dog. As the two talked, a man wearing a ski mask walked up and pointed a handgun at the woman, police said. The gunman asked the woman to hand over property, then pulled off her necklace and took off her ring.

Soon after the first robbery, a second that also included a lost dog ploy occurred in the 1500 block of Ebers Street in nearby Ocean Beach. Soon after, suspects of a similar description robbed someone in La Jolla, the details of which were not released.

Anyone with information is urged to call San Diego Police Non Emergency line at (619) 531-2000 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

La Jolla Light will provide more information as soon as details are available.