Botched: Alleged Pier 1 robbers tell their story

EasyReader
|May 31, 2012 7:00 am

Edwin Davis, 25, and Deangelo Cal, 23, surrender to the police after allegedly attempting to rob Pier 1 Imports in Manhattan Beach. Photo by Patrick Fallon

It would only take a couple minutes.

The store was closing, so there’d be little foot traffic inside.

Neither of them would rob a store with just anybody. They were brothers, Los Angeles transplants from Chicago’s South Side.

Dressed in head-to-toe black with just their eyes exposed, they’d be in and out, hopefully three or four thousand dollars richer.

No one else knew about the plan. It would be quick. They’d planned it out just hours earlier.

Nobody would get hurt, and they’d finally have enough money to avoid eviction and pay the $725 rent for their Hawthorne home.

They’d even be out in time to take their female friends to the movies. They’d planned to see “Think Like a Man.”

But what they’d failed to discuss was what they would do if dozens of police officers, machinegun-bearing SWAT teams, two helicopters and two dogs from seven different cities flooded the scene.

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Jim Caldwell Redondo Beach

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About jw60sea

Jim Caldwell has over 26 years of experience in the public safety sector in occupations ranging from professional ski patrol, and ocean lifeguard to firefighter. Jim has worked for the Redondo Beach Fire Department for the last 22 years holding successively higher positions of responsibility. For the last six years, Jim has held the rank of Engineer with responsibility for driving and operating the Department’s Engines and Tillered Aerial Ladder Truck. Throughout his career, he has shown a dedication not only to public safety but also community service.
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