A countywide investigation is underway to find two masked gunmen suspected in a rash of commercial robberies across Orange County, the latest occurring Tuesday when they held up five businesses, officials said.
The pair may be responsible for as many as two dozen robberies in December, including ones this week in Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach and Lake Forest.
"They're in masks, so it's hard to see, but the MO and the suspect description appears to be the same," said Costa Mesa Police Lt. John FitzPatrick, who is investigating three holdups.
The men point semiautomatic handguns at employees and demand money from the cash register. They have fled with thousands of dollars, but there has been no report of a getaway car, police said.