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Fountain Valley : 'Darth Vader' Gunman Robs Auto Supply Store

Orange County Digest

August 21, 1987

A man dressed as film villain Darth Vader ordered two auto supply employees to handcuff themselves to a bathroom railing Wednesday morning, then cleaned out the cash registers and escaped, police said.

The man drove up to Trak Auto on Harbor Boulevard in Fountain Valley on a racing motorcycle wearing a black motorcycle helmet with a black face guard, a black jacket, black Levis, black shoes and black gloves. He met the two employees as they opened the store at 7:58 a.m., pulled out an automatic pistol and forced them into the bathroom, said Police Sgt. Larry Griswold.

The employees freed themselves by unscrewing the bathroom railing, but by then the robber had fled, Griswold said.

He said the robber is about 5 feet, 8 inches tall, and weighs about 160 pounds. Police would not estimate the amount of money taken in the robbery.

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