The Long Beach Police Department press release in August 2010 was tellingly brief — just 121 words. Franklin Robles, 33, had been shot to death on his way to buy a used Cadillac, a possible robbery attempt turned bloody.
There was no suspect, no eyewitness. Investigators had little to go on — or so it appeared. What Long Beach detectives didn’t know the day of the murder was that the alleged getaway car had already been under police surveillance — before Robles’ murder was even contemplated.