MISSION HILLS (CNS) – Three boys suspected of robbing a convenience store in Mission Hills before sunrise were in custody at Sylmar Juvenile Hall today.

The boys, including one armed with a hammer, entered the store in the 10600 block of Sepulveda Boulevard, near the Ronald Reagan (118) Freeway, around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, walked behind the front counter and ordered the clerk to open both cash registers, the Los Angeles Police Department reported.

Simultaneously, Mission Area patrol officers pulled into the parking lot and observed the robbery in progress through the glass windows, police said.

Officers immediately established a perimeter around the store in an attempt to stop the boys from fleeing.

Officers attempted to communicate with the boys moments before they fled through the fire escape, leading to the roof. The three boys then began to jump onto adjacent rooftops in an attempt to escape.

Mission Area officers expanded the perimeter in an attempt to ensure the subjects did not flee the area and requested the response of Metropolitan Division K-9 units, police said.

Upon the arrival of the Metropolitan K-9 units, a foot search was conducted, and all three boys were apprehended, police said.

The boys were booked for robbery. Their names were not released because of their ages.

Mission Area detectives recovered all the money and property taken and located the hammer used to threaten the clerk, police said.

Anyone with any information regarding this robbery is encouraged to call Mission Area detectives at 818-838-9900 or 818-838-9810.

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