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Caught on tape: Armed robbers terrorize local businesses

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Police are on the hunt for a number of robbers that have been targeting local businesses across San Diego for months.

     They're searching for at least four suspects who are considered armed and dangerous, and responsible for at least 16 hold-ups.

    "Their point is to get in, get cash and get out of there," says San Diego Police Lt. Andra Brown.

     Police are calling the four -- or more -- suspects behind this series of commercial robberies the "No Boundary Bandits." The suspects are described as three men who are 20 to 30 years old, and at least one younger female, 16 to 25 with a muscular build.

      "It appears there's at least three males working this part of the robbery crew -- in pairs, sometimes committing the robberies alone," Lt. Brown says.

       So far, these suspects have struck at least 16 businesses throughout the city of San Diego, from hotels and motels to gas stations, fast food restaurants and retail outlets.
Police departments throughout the county, including Oceanside and La Mesa are reporting similar cases.  

       In some of the cases, the female accomplice walks in first alone to case the area, apparently talking on her cell.

       Brown says, "She engages the employee while still talking on her cell phone, she leaves and then one or two of the suspects comes in and commit the armed robbery."

      In surveillance video of the suspects holding up a Motel Six in Mission Valley on September 18, the armed suspects are seen demanding money from the clerk. One even jumps over the counter while the other tries to conceal his identity with a towel, which police say is similar to other robberies as well.

        "Sometimes [he] uses a bandana across his face or has held a towel draped over his head as a disguise," Lt. Brown says.

        In the back of the motel, the clerk is seen on the video struggling to get the safe open. Later, you see one of the suspects pointing his handgun at the clerk, although police say -- so far -- no one has been injured.

        "They are armed with a gun. You never know when it can go bad." Authorities are hoping to nab these suspects before they strike again.

          "Give us a call so we can get these guys off the streets," Lt. Brown says. "They are violent and dangerous."

         Anyone with information should call San Diego Police Department Robbery Unit at (619) 531-2299 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-TIPS.

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