A police cruiser. Photo by John Schreiber.
A police cruiser. Photo by John Schreiber.

Did Santa Ana police arrest a real-life version of Charles Dickens’ Fagin, the Oliver Twist villain who taught children how to steal?

Marc Louis Gold of Fountain Valley, 21, was arrested at his home Wednesday and booked on suspicion of robbing a Santa Ana cafe, according to Santa Ana police.

He was the third suspect to be nabbed.

In echoes of the Fagin character, Gold was considered the alleged mastermind of an armed robbery that involved two 17-year-old boys, whose names were not released because of their age, according to Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna. One of the teens, who lives in Westminster, turned himself in on Dec. 2, and the other teen, who lives in Santa Ana, was arrested Thursday, police said.

The teens were booked at Juvenile Hall on suspicion of armed robbery, police said. A gun and knife were used to threaten people at the cafe.

Police had released surveillance video of the robbery last month to create interest and some leads in the case. An Orange County sheriff’s detective tipped police that he thought Gold was the suspect they were looking for, police said.

Gold had been arrested recently on suspicion of a similar robbery in Stanton on Nov. 26, police said.

Gold allegedly sat down at the bar at the M&Toi Cafe about 3:15 p.m. Nov. 21 and appeared to be sending text messages, police said. About a minute later, two other suspects, who masked their faces with bandanas, entered the shop armed with a gun and a knife.

They demanded that an employee open the cash register, while the first suspect to enter the cafe walked around to the other side of the counter and grabbed cash from the register and ran out with his accomplices, police said.

–City News Service 

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