Long Beach
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On March 31, 2016, felony charges were filed against a 25-year-old Long Beach man in connection with a robbery to a taxi cab driver.

On March 24, 2016, at approximately 9:00 p.m., Long Beach Police were dispatched to an armed robbery in the 2300 block of East Anaheim Street. The preliminary investigation indicated that a taxi cab driver was driving in the area when the suspect, armed with a handgun, entered the taxicab and demanded the driver’s property. The suspect grabbed the driver’s cell phone, wallet and keys to the taxi, and fled on foot. Fortunately, the driver was not injured during the altercation.

Through their investigation, detectives learned the incident might have been recorded via the vehicle’s onboard video system. Detectives reviewed the video and identified the suspect. On March 29, 2016, detectives arrested 25-year-old Burrell Andre Gaither in the 1000 block of Raymond Avenue. The suspect was found to be in possession of a loaded firearm.

Today, the case was presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, which filed one count of robbery and one count of possession of a firearm against Gaither. He is being held in Long Beach City Jail without bail due to a violation of his parole conditions. An arraignment is scheduled at the Long Beach Superior Court on April 1, 2016, in Department 1.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to call Robbery Detective Don Collier at (562) 570-5537. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit www.LACrimeStoppers.org.

The Robbery Detail would like to remind everyone to remain aware of their surroundings at all times and report suspicious activity by calling 9-1-1. For weekly crime prevention tips, follow @LBPDrobbery on Twitter.