Friday Sep 02 2011
Investigators linking Auburn man to four armed robberies
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
Already in Placer County Jail in connection with a gunpoint robbery at an Auburn park on Monday, Lucas George Lambeth faces three new armed robbery charges. Lambeth was initially booked into the North Auburn jail early Tuesday after being arrested as a suspect in a late-night robbery of a Cool resident who had stopped at Ashford Park for a restroom break. Lambeth, 21, is alleged by authorities to have wielded a pistol during Monday’s robbery while a second man – 20-year-old Tyler Adam Burzinski, also of Auburn – smashed a window out of the victim’s pickup to intimidate him. The new allegations came after follow-up investigative work initiated by Auburn Police detectives revolving around descriptions given by victims and video surveillance footage in other recent robberies in the area. Based on that information and statements made Thursday to Auburn Police and Placer County Sheriff’s Office investigators, Lambeth has now been jailed on four robbery counts. Bail was increased Friday from $100,00 to $250,000. Detective Dustin McLaughlin of Auburn Police said that surveillance footage showed a suspect whose features, clothing and vehicle were similar in each incident. Assisted by Detective Adam Cline and, with the Sheriff’s Office questioning Lambeth on two of the cases, McLaughlin said the quadruple robbery suspect made statements linking him to the three previous robberies. The first robbery Lambeth is now a suspect in took place Dec. 20 at the Weimar Country Store on Paoli Lane. The robber displayed a handgun and, after money was collected from a cash register, bound the wrists of both clerks before fleeing in a pickup. Five days later – on Christmas Day – a man robbed the 7-Eleven store on Fairgate Drive next to the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn. The store clerk was again bound before the robber left. In a Jan. 11 robbery at the Chevron station on Lincoln Way, the thief donned a beanie to cover shoulder-length blond hair and then pulled out a silver, semi-automatic handgun, authorities said at the time. When a woman delivering newspapers entered, unaware there was a robbery in progress, the robber forced her behind a counter and taped both the clerk and woman’s hands. McLaughlin said that the investigation is continuing and detectives would like to talk to anyone with information about possible criminal activities involving a dark-colored, older model Chevy, and a male, about 6 feet one inches tall weighing 170 to 190 pounds. Burzinski was also charged with robbery in Monday’s incident at Ashford Park but has since made bail, which had been set at $50,000. The next court appearance is slated for Sept. 15 in North Auburn.