Robbery Suspects Arrested

Two men were arrested last week in connection to several armed robberies, including one in Burbank.

On Jan. 6, a masked man used a handgun in the course of robbing Macy’s, 200 E. Cypress Ave. in Burbank, of jewelry. He escaped to an awaiting vehicle driven by another suspect. The Burbank Police Dept. began an investigation into the robbery, in partnership with the Los Angeles Organized Retail Crime Task Force. During the investigation, detectives connected the same two individuals to four additional armed robberies and an attempted armed robbery in the cities of Manhattan Beach, Downey, and Los Angeles:

On Dec. 27, Macy’s, 3400 N. Sepulveda Blvd., City of Manhattan Beach

On Dec. 29, Macy’s, 400 Stonewood St., City of Downey

On Jan. 5, Bloomingdale’s, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., City of Los Angeles

On Jan. 7, Verizon Wireless, 3700 S. La Brea, City of Los Angeles

On Jan. 7, Macy’s, 14000 Riverside Drive, City of Los Angeles

Two men from Los Angeles, 32-year-old Ivory McFarland and 33-year-old Craig Stewart, were quickly identified as suspects in the robberies. Arrest warrants were issued for both men, who each have extensive violent criminal histories.

On Jan. 12, the Burbank Police Dept. – Special Investigations Detail located McFarland in the 1200 block of Spring Street, in the City of Los Angeles and took him into custody. On Jan. 17, with the assistance of the Los Angeles Police Dept.’s Gang and Narcotics Division and United States Marshal’s Task Force, Stewart was taken into custody in the 14000 block of Gault Street in the Van Nuys in the City of Los Angeles. Evidence linking the two men to the crimes was located during their arrests.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed this case. Several counts of robbery and one count of assault with a firearm were filed against McFarland. He is currently being held on $1,325,000 bail. McFarland is due to appear in Pasadena Court on Feb. 7. Two counts of robbery were filed against Stewart, who is currently being held on $150,000 bail. He is due to appear in Pasadena Court on Jan. 24.

This case remains under investigation by the Burbank, Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach and Downey Police departments. The Burbank Police Dept. is grateful for the partnership and collaborative working relationship with the Los Angeles Organized Retail Crime Task Force and other involved allied agencies.

Anyone with information on this investigation is asked to contact the Burbank Police Dept. – Detective Bureau at (818) 238-3210.