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Couple Arrested in Robberies of Day Laborers

The Region

December 25, 2001

A couple who posed as police officers and targeted Latino dayworkers in more than 30 robberies were arrested over the weekend at a Stanton restaurant, sheriff's officials said Monday.

Deputies said they found cash, a loaded weapon, wigs and police paraphernalia that included a fake badge and a "Police" T-shirt when they arrested David Gilmore Bingham, 27, and Amber Michelle Vanhorn, 33, both of Stanton.

Authorities said the two had committed 30 robberies in two months while preying on victims whose immigration status and limited English may have dissuaded them from notifying police.

Authorities believe there may be more victims. They have asked anyone who was a victim or who knows of someone who was victimized to contact the sheriff's watch commander at (714) 628-7170.

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