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Suspects allegedly stick up 5 South Bay stores

February 4, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Two suspected serial robbers struck again Wednesday night. Police need your help to track down the pair. They've hit four Walgreens stores and a Radio Shack store in the Harbor City/San Pedro area. Their latest holdup was Wednesday night in San Pedro.Police released pictures of the suspects Thursday. Surveillance video shows in one of several armed robberies. An older man walks in and shops around with a younger female accomplice. But when they get to the cash register, the male suspect pulled his coat back to reveal a semiautomatic weapon as he quietly demanded cash. "He tells her to pull the till out of the register, or him. He or she will put the till on the counter. By then he's already opened up his jacket, he's already shown the gun in his waistband, and then he puts his hand in the register and pulls out the money he wants," said LAPD Detective Patricia Guerra. A getaway has not been caught on tape. Authorities think the pair may be escaping on foot. The first suspect is described as an African-American male, between 30 and 50 years old, 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet tall, weighing approximately 180 pounds. The second suspect is described as an African-American female with braided hair, about 25 to 40 years old, 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighing approximately 140 pounds. The pair has been dubbed the "Walgreens Robbers" after hitting up a string of the drug stores on Western Avenue. Detectives say the two suspects have held up four Walgreens in the San Pedro/Harbor City area, and one Radio Shack in just the past six weeks. No one has been injured in any of the robberies, but police say it's important they find these two suspects as soon as possible. "We are concerned about the safety of the community," said Guerra. "We are concerned about the suspects' welfare in and of itself." Anyone with information on these robberies is urged to call Los Angeles Police at (877) LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).