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Crime lab searches for clues in Sam’s Club take-over robbery

Posted: February 4, 2013 6:16 p.m.
Updated: February 4, 2013 6:16 p.m.
 

Detectives looking for an armed man who robbed the Centre Pointe Sam’s Club were poring over forensic evidence Monday that was gathered at the scene, a local sheriff’s spokesman said.

Shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday, a lone gunman broke into the store on Carl Boyer Drive and “herded all the employees” to the back of the store, a sergeant with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station said Sunday.

No shots were fired and no one was hurt, he said.

Since then, detectives have been trying to identify the gunman, Deputy Josh Dubin said Monday.

“He pried the door open,” Dubin said of the armed robber. “So we had our full crime lab go out.

“They dusted for prints, gathered some DNA evidence — that’s one angle they’re pursuing,” he said.

Another aspect of the investigation involves reviewing store surveillance footage captured by in-store cameras and interviewing employees a second time, he said.

At least eight Sam’s Club employees were working the store’s graveyard shift early Sunday morning, stocking shelves, when the gunman forced his way inside. Due to the nature of the crime, the incident is classified as a take-over robbery, even though it was unknown whether the suspect stole anything.

“A male adult walked into the store with a handgun and started herding all the employees to the back of the store,” Sgt. Rich Nagler said Sunday.

“He saw one employee leave and he must have gotten nervous because he left prior to our arrival.”

On Monday, detectives updated their description of the suspect as a Hispanic man 20 to 30 years old, Dubin said.

Detectives could not confirm if there’s any connection between Sunday’s incident and one similar at the same store three years ago.

In February 2009, a robber hid inside the Sam’s Club until it closed on a Sunday night, then detained employees at gunpoint, a sheriff’s official said at the time.

The man then forced several Sam’s Club employees into a back room at gunpoint, the source said.

As in last weekend’s incident, a store employee snuck out of the store. The 2009 robber fled on a forklift.

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