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Anaheim store robbers caught on videotape

December 14, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Surveillance cameras captured a robbery in action at an Anaheim convenience store Dec. 4. Police hope surveillance video will help them capture the robbers. The clerk was held up at gunpoint.Surveillance video shows two men walking into an Anaheim convenience store after 10:30 p.m. on Dec. 4.

One suspect approached the counter and pointed what looks like a handgun and mumbled a demand at Ray Singh, who was working behind the counter.

"Just, 'Money, money, money,'" said Singh. "You don't want to panic. I thought the guy was joking at first. It gets louder and louder then, oops, there's the money and there we go."

As Singh piles the cash on the counter, he takes a chance, calmly turning the table on the suspect by pulling a handgun on the robber. He then notices the suspect's handgun is fake.

"As soon as he took the money with the plastic gun, I was mad," said Singh.

Singh stopped short of pulling the trigger.

"I think he was a little bit high on some type of drugs," said Singh. "His eyes were shiny, so that's why I didn't do anything. He was going to run outside anyways."

"The clerk appears to be very composed. He took an opportunity to do what he felt was best for that time and that was to arm himself in case any shots were fired," said Anaheim Police Sgt. Rick Martinez.

The second suspect leaves with two cases of beer and holds the door for his accomplice on the way out.

Singh says the suspects left the store and crossed the street. They got into an older-model dark pickup truck.

Police describe the first suspect as a heavy-set man in his mid-20s, standing 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighing 200 pounds. He has a mustache.

The second suspect is also in his mid-20s, standing 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighing about 100 pounds.

If you recognize them, call Anaheim Police at (714) 765-1959.