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Terror element to SoCal store stickups?

Aug. 20, 2004 at 3:19 PM

SANTA ANA, Calif., Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Federal counterterrorism agents Friday helped investigate a string of armed robberies in Southern California.

A shotgun-toting bandit with a noticable Middle Eastern accent was being sought for a stickup earlier this week at a Radio Shack in Laguna Niguel, Calif., in which several walkie-talkies were taken along with the cash in the till.

Orange County sheriff's officials said they contacted a federal terrorism taskforce because radios were an odd item to steal and they were concerned they could conceivably be used later as part of an attack.

The Orange County Register said the suspect has been linked to four holdups in the greater Los Angeles area.

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