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Suspects Sought In OC Sam’s Club Heist

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SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — Authorities in Orange County were asking the public for help in finding two robbery suspects who allegedly targeted a mother at a Sam’s Club in Stanton.

KCAL9’s Art Barron reports police believe the suspects who allegedly forced the victim to purchase two iPads have committed a similar crime at least once before.

The victim along with her 18-month-old child was approached around 1:00 p.m. Thursday at the store located at 12540 Beach Blvd., according to Orange County Sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino.

The older of the two suspects reportedly feigned illness and asked the victim – who does not speak English – for directions to the nearest hospital.

When the woman refused, one of the suspects “simulated a weapon” and ordered her to drive to a nearby ATM machine, according to Amormino.

“They threatened a mother with her 18-month-old child,” said Amormino. “Anyone that would do that would just about do anything.”

After the woman insisted there was no money in the account, the suspects then allegedly demanded she drive back to Sam’s Club and purchase two iPads with her credit card.

“After the victim purchased the two iPads, they went into her purse, took all her money and her earrings from her as well,” Amormino said. “Again, these are dangerous suspects, and they need to be caught.”

The suspects may possibly be linked to a scam at a Target store in Westminster in which a victim agreed to buy a gold bar of $5,000. The bar turned out to be counterfeit.

Anyone with information on the suspects is asked to contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

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