Chelsea Gaudin / Eyewitness News
SLIDELL, La. - A man who thought he was buying an iPad from two men that approached him at a gas station began a high speed chase when he realized an Apple logo was taped to a laptop, according to the Slidell Police Department.
On Friday, the victim was getting gas at the Texaco on Fremaux Avenue in Slidell when the thieves asked if he wanted to buy an Apple iPad for $120.
Tommy J. Curtis and Marcus L. Jones pulled an iPad out of a box and allowed the victim to interact with it to prove it was real, police said.
While the victim went to the ATM inside the gas station to get money, Curtis and Jones swapped the legitimate iPad with a stripped Dell laptop with an Apple logo taped to it.
The victim realized what had happened when he returned but was forced to hand over the money when Jones threatened him with a gun, according to police.
Curtis and Jones, who are from Mississippi, jumped into their car and fled toward the state line. The victim followed in his own car and called 911.
Several Slidell police officers pursued the vehicle until the thieves pulled over on I-10, after tossing the gun out of the window, police said.
Jones attempted to flee but was quickly apprehended along with Curtis, police said.
A .45 caliber Ruger pistol was found on the side of the interstate near the suspect's vehicle.
Inside of the car, officers located several fake laptops and fake Apple iPads.
'If it seems too good to be true, it probably is,' Chief Randy Smith said.
Investigators believe Curtis and Jones have done this before in the Slidell area and in Mississippi and expect more victims will come forward.
Curtis, 31, was charged with armed robbery, aggravated flight from an officer and possession of marijuana. Jones, 35, was charged with armed robbery, aggravated flight from an officer, possession of marijuana, obstruction of justice, resisting an officer by violence and illegal carrying of a weapon.