Rash of Knifepoint Robberies

Businesses Targeted as Day’s Receipts Are Counted

Three robberies at knife point within two days of each other were reported over the weekend. On Friday, November 28, at about 7 p.m., officers responded to the Rite Aid at 825 State St., where the cashier told them a man with a knife had demanded cash from the register. The suspect was reported as wearing a blue-gray shirt, jeans, dark sunglasses, and a white baseball cap.

The second robbery, also on Friday, was at PetCo, 3895 State St. Employees reported that they closed the store around 9 p.m., unaware that the suspect still remained inside. At 9:30 p.m., police said, a man equipped with black ski jacket, gloves, and orange ski goggles, approached the manager’s office where she was counting receipts, and demanded the money in the safe, threatening the manager with a knife. After giving him the money, and still at knifepoint, she asked an employee to open the door to let the suspect out of the store; the suspect punched an employee before fleeing.

The third robbery was reported Saturday, November 29, around 8 p.m. at the Goodwill store at 302 West Carrillo St. The store had just been closed when an employee saw someone standing at the door of the back office with a knife and a napkin over his face. The suspect ordered the employees to the floor and proceeded to take the money that the manager had begun to count. The suspect, wearing jeans and a brown polo shirt, left the store without further incident.

Police Sgt. Lorenzo Duarte said it was not certain that the robberies were all committed by the same person; the witnesses all described an Hispanic male, though estimates of the age of the robber or robbers varied from mid twenties to 40 years old.

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