SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — After a series of 11 hold-ups at San Francisco businesses since  mid-August, a duo has been arrested in connection with the robberies, San  Francisco police announced Friday.

Dubbed the “Short Guy, Tall Guy” robbery series because of the  suspects’ height disparity with one standing about 5 feet 6 inches and the  other around 5 feet 11 inches, the robberies occurred between Aug. 19 and  Sept. 16, police said.

Ray Faar, 40, of San Francisco, and Bryan Alexander, 48, of Daly  City, were arrested Sept. 16 in the 1000 block of Market Street on suspicion  of committing at least 11 robberies at various city restaurants, phone stores  and even a hot tub establishment, including a business in the 3100 block of  Mission Street on the day of their arrest, police said.

In all 11 robberies the suspects allegedly entered the businesses  near closing time and pretended to be customers. Alexander would allegedly  stand back as a lookout, while Faar allegedly jumped onto or walked behind  the counter to rob the employees of their cellphones before taking money from  the cash register, according to police.

During the robberies, Faar was apparently armed with a handgun and  Alexander moved the victims to the back of the store and ordered the victims  to not follow the pair or they would be shot, according to police.

Faar and Alexander were booked on robbery with a gun, conspiracy,  and possession of stolen property charges, according to police.

Alexander, a parolee, was also charged with a parole violation,  while Faar was also charged with possession of methamphetamines.

Investigators from the Police Department’s criminal investigations  unit tracked down the pair after they matched a description of robbers that  victims described at the business in the 3100 block of Mission Street,  according to police.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)



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