Photo courtesy Santa Ana Police Department.
Photo courtesy Santa Ana Police Department.

Santa Ana police on Wednesday released images of a vehicle believed to have been used in a takeover-style robbery at music recording studio in the hopes it would generate more leads in the case.

The three suspects apparently drove a white 2005-2008 Chevrolet Uplander minivan in the Oct. 7 holdup at OC Recording Co. at 3100 W. Warner Avenue, according to Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.

Three men, pretending to have an appointment to record an album, arrived about 10:15 a.m. that Tuesday but were told there was no record of an appointment and to wait outside, he said.

Moments later, the trio came back into the studio with handguns and tied up the owner and another employee, Bertagna said. The suspects then stole an undisclosed amount of cash from a safe and recording equipment such as microphones and computers and guitars worth about $40,000, Bertagna said.

A neighboring surveillance camera captured an image of the getaway vehicle, he said.

Two of the three black suspects were described as being in the late teens or early 20s, about 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 10 inches, and 150-160 pounds, with short black hair.

The third suspect was described as being in his mid- to late-20s, about 5 feet 8 inches and 150-170 pounds, Bertagna said.

Anyone with more information was asked to call Detective Art Castorena at (714) 245-8422. Anonymous tips may be phoned in to Orange County Crime Stoppers at (855) TIP-OCCS.

City News Service

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