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Supervisor sentenced for staging 2 robberies

April 15, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
An Orange County woman who worked as a supervisor at two Rite Aid stores has been sentenced to two years and eight months in prison for setting up two armed robberies and claiming to be the victim. Cynthia Ongamsing-Jenkins, 43, of Tustin, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of grand theft.

Costa Mesa Police say on the night of November 11, 2007, Ongamsing-Jenkins was working as a supervisor at the Rite Aid at 2300 Harbor Boulevard in Costa Mesa, when she claimed two armed men walked into the store and ordered her and another employee to give them the cash from a store register and a safe.

The two men stole about $5,500. The robbery was captured on surveillance tape, but the two suspects could not be identified.

On June 20, 2009, while working as a floor supervisor at the Ride Aid at 24829 Del Prado in Dana Point, Ongamsing-Jenkins claimed a man robbed her of $20,000 in store deposits outside a Bank of America in Dana Point.

The robbers were never found. Investigators later discovered text messages on her cell phone indicating that Ongamsing-Jenkins planned the Dana Point robbery. She later confessed to officers that she set up both the 2007 and 2009 holdups.

Associated Press contributed to this story