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Tough Love? Dad Turns In Son After BB Gun Robberies

The father heard the son's description broadcasted from a law enforcement helicopter and called the Sheriff's Department.

The father of an 18-year-old man who robbed one business and attempted to rob another turned in his son Monday evening, said Lt. Marco Garmo with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department Imperial Beach substation.

The father of 18-year-old Tyler Brooks told the Sheriff's Department he first became aware of the robberies after he heard a helicopter broadcasting a description of his son.

Brooks' mother sent him to stay with his father and was arrested a day later, Garmo said.

"He noticed that might fit the description of his kid so we did a report and he was positively ID'd by the nail salon and pharmacy and we ended up locating the gun that was a BB gun that was used," Garmo said.

Around 5:50 p.m., the man attempted to rob J&T Nails in the 600 block of 9th Street but was unsuccessful.

A few minutes later he stole $169 from Imperial Beach Pharmacy in the 700 block of State Route 75.

The man was taken into custody around 7:45 p.m. in the 700 block of 5th Street and charged with robbery and attempted robbery.

In an unrelated third armed robbery in less than an hour, two men stole marijuana, cash and a cell phone from two people from a medical marijuan cooperative making a delivery.

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Correction: The original version of this article stated the alleged robber's name was Tyler Comas. However subsequent information and documents have verified the alleged robber's name is Tyler Brooks.

Mark January 23, 2013 at 02:51 PM
The father did his son a favor. Tyler Comas had not learned some important lessons, and made a big mistake. His father likely save his life because Tyler Comas may have continued and got shot, deservedly so, by someone defending themselves or a cop. Hopefully this young idiot will take this life lesson and learn from it. I applaud Tyler Comas father for doing the right thing. That is a rather unique act in this age.
Shorebird January 23, 2013 at 04:45 PM
we need more parents like this..Ultimately he probably saved his son's life.
Kathleen Cheers January 23, 2013 at 05:03 PM
The father will, I am sure, find himself second guessing his decision to turn himself in . No doubt the judge will take this into consideration when ruling. How many of us would have done the same out of deep love and concern? This is a wise father, he undoubtedly saved his son from a life of prison or worse, death. My prayers are for both.
Diane Brown January 23, 2013 at 06:07 PM
Thumbs up to Dad!! If we love our children then we must act on what we teach. Wrong is wrong.

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