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Pair swipe 32 iPads worth $13K – See Video

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A surveillance video of an armed man who stole nearly three dozen Apple computer products, including iPads, from a Santa Fe Walmart looks like an illicit version of the old Supermarket Sweep game show.

The video, provided by Santa Fe Police, shows a man going into the new south-side Walmart on Herrera Drive around 3 a.m. Friday. He has what police spokeswoman Celina Westervelt described as a “funny-looking bowl haircut,” which police later said was a wig.

He enters the store at a good clip, pushing an empty shopping cart.

The man made his way to a display case of Apple items including iPads and iPad Minis, which he broke open with an unknown tool, Westervelt said. A photograph of the case shows it virtually empty, with a display iPad with a smiling woman on the screen, covered in glass from the broken case.

In a portion of the robbery not on the video released by police, the man put the electronics in his cart, then tried to leave the store, when an employee approached him. Westervelt said the suspect showed the employee a handgun on his waist and asked the employee if he “really wants to do this.”

The employee didn’t, Westervelt said.

“The employee does the right thing and lets the guy go,” Westervelt said.

The next segment of the video shows the store’s parking lot, where the suspect is running with the cart toward either a gold or brown Ford F350 pickup truck. An accomplice gets out of the truck, opens the passenger doors and helps the man as they work to heave the numerous boxed Apple goods haphazardly from the shopping cart into the bed of the pickup truck.

During the theft, another man walks casually past the truck. He gives the truck a passing glance at first, then turns around to watch as the two men scramble to load all the boxes into the truck.

Both thieves jump through the passenger door of the truck, which starts moving as the man who took the iPads gets inside. As the truck drives away, a store employee runs out, and he and the other man watch as the truck drives out of the parking lot.

The pair got away with 32 iPads, valued at about $13,548.

The robber who came inside the store is Caucasian, about 6 feet tall and clean shaven. He might be either bald or have short hair. The brown or gold Ford F350 pickup truck has Arizona plates.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call police at 505-428-3710 or Det. Paul Joye at 505-955-5206.

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