LOMA LINDA – A 33-year-old San Bernardino man who is believed to be responsible for a string of robberies has now been connected to the Hometown Buffet robbery in Loma Linda. At around 6:15 p.m. on Friday, June 24, 2016, a male suspect walked into the Hometown Buffet located at 24990 Redlands Boulevard.
The suspect waited in line as if he was a customer and when it was his turn, he quietly handed the cashier a note. As he handed her the note, he also opened his jacket up showing a handgun. The cashier complied and handed the cash to the suspect. The suspect ran west through the parking lot.
When deputies arrived he was already gone and an area check produced no results. Central Station detectives continued investigating the unsolved robbery and working with Riverside County and Rancho Cucamonga helped lead them to a suspect. On August 17, 2016, the detectives followed up with the Hometown Buffet employee and using a photo line-up the suspect, Jeffrey Tuli was positively identified as the suspect who committed the robbery.
Tuli has been held in a Riverside County Jail, since his July 21st arrest for four robberies in Moreno Valley all in July. He is also believed to have been involved in other robberies in Riverside, Orange and San Bernardino Counties,
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Central Station at (909) 387-3545. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call WE-TIP Hotline at 1-808-78-CRIME(27463) or you may leave information on the website at www.wetip.com.
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