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Armed computer robbers sought

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Authorities asked the public Thursday for help in identifying two thieves who tied up a 67-year-old Bay Ho resident and threatened him with a gun last week while robbing him at his home, which doubles as a computer sales and repair business.

The bandits showed up at the victim's house in the 4000 block of Raffee Drive late on the afternoon of May 30, pretending to be interested in buying a computer, according to San Diego police.

"One of the (men) acted as though he was a previous customer and asked questions about a computer while the other sat and said nothing," SDPD public-affairs Lt. Andra Brown said.

After his partner had conversed with the resident for a few minutes, the silent man stood up, pulled a large pistol from a backpack he was carrying and pointed it at the victim, according to Brown. The thieves then bound the resident to a chair and took his wallet and car keys.

One of the bandits stayed with the victim as his accomplice gathered several computers from a nearby storage area. The pair then fled in the victim's 1999 BMW 528, which was found abandoned a few blocks away the following morning.

A surveillance camera in the victim's home captured images of the robbers, described as white men who appeared to be in their late 20s. One was about 5 feet 10 inches tall and 160 pounds. He was clean-shaven, and wearing gray pants and a dark-blue jacket.

The other thief -- the one who wielded the gun during the robbery -- was described as roughly 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds, with a bushy reddish-blond goatee and tattoos on his neck and arms. He wore baggy black shorts and a T-shirt during the holdup.

Shortly before the robbery, a man had telephoned the victim, inquiring about a computer listed for sale on the Craigslist website. Investigators believe the caller was one of the thieves, Brown said.

The victim had reported being robbed at his home once before. During that crime, which occurred last November, he and his son were beaten with a bat, the victims told police.

Anyone who might be able to help identify the perpetrators of either robbery was asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.


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