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Police Thursday sought the public’s help to identify two men who attempted to rob a T-Mobile store in Seal Beach.

Officers responded to the store at 12800 Seal Beach Blvd. about 3:20 p.m. Tuesday after receiving a report of two men who entered the store and “attempted to steal high-end cellular phones by cutting the security cables affixed to the display,” according to the Seal Beach Police Department.

An employee at the T-Mobile store attempted to stop one of the suspects as he was leaving the store, which led to a physical altercation. The suspect broke away from the employee and ran with the other suspect through the parking lot into a gold-colored Lexus sedan and fled the scene prior to police arrival.

“A witness observed that the suspect was holding a firearm in his hand during the fight,” said SBPD Lt. Nick Nicholas. “The gun was not fired during this incident.”

The employee was not injured in the altercation. Police did not specify if the suspects managed to flee the scene with items from the store.

One of the suspects was described as a Black man in his late 20s, about 6-feet tall and 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black jacket and dark jeans.

The second suspect was described as a man in his late 20s, about 5 feet, 8 inches tall and about 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing a light-gray jacket and gray sweatpants.

Anyone with information on the crime was asked to contact SBPD Detective Ryan Bedard at 562-799-4100, ext. 1113 or rbedard@sealbeachca.gov.

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