On January 12, 2018, felony charges were filed against two men in connection with multiple robberies at local businesses.
On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, detectives arrested 34-year-old Cody Joel Ibershoff of Long Beach and 51-year-old Jesus Cortez of Compton for their involvement in the commercial robberies. Pursuant to their arrests, detectives served a search warrant at their respective residences and recovered three replica firearms, one shotgun and other evidence related to the robberies.
Between November 24, 2017 and January 3, 2018, the suspects armed with handguns entered several businesses between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., demanded money from employees, and fled the scene with cash before officers arrived. No employees or victims were injured during the robberies.
The dates and locations where the incidents occurred are provided below:
• November 24, 2017 - 1400 block of East Pacific Coast Highway
• December 16, 2017 – 3400 block of Long Beach Blvd.
• December 18, 2017 – 3100 block of East Broadway
• January 3, 2018 – 2600 block of Bellflower Blvd.
• January 3, 2018 – 4400 block of East Broadway
Throughout the investigation detectives uncovered similarities in each of the robberies that lead them to identify the suspects.
On January 12, 2018, the case was presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, which filed 11 felony counts of robbery against Cody Joel Ibershoff and Jesus Cortez. Ibershoff is being held on $635,000 bail and Cortez is being held on $1.650 million bail, both defendants are currently being held at the Los Angeles County Jail.
The investigation remains ongoing. Detectives urge any commercial business employee who was a victim of a robbery, but has yet to report it, to call L.B.P.D. Lead Robbery Detective Mora at (562) 570-5536. Anonymous tips may be submitted through "LA Crime Stoppers" by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the "P3 Tips" app to your smart phone (available at the Apple App store and Google Play), or visiting www.LACrimeStoppers.org.