Placentia Police Saturday were investigating two armed robberies within seven hours at businesses in close proximity.
Two men with handguns walked into a Chevron Gas Station convenience store at 12:40 a.m. at 313 West Orangethorpe Ave. and demanded money from the clerk at the cash register, Placentia Police Sgt. Adam Gloe said.
“One of the suspects took money from the register while another went behind the counter and stole several packs of cigarettes,” Gloe said. “As the suspects were leaving they also stole beer and sunglasses.”
The robbers were picked up in a white four-door car and last seen headed westbound on Orangethorpe Avenue east of the Orange (57) Freeway, he said.
The suspects were both about 30 years old, with medium builds. One wore a black hooded sweatshirt with “Cali” printed on the front and black and white camouflage shorts. He had a silver handgun, Gloe said.
The second suspect wore a gray hooded sweatshirt with unknown white writing on the front, a black baseball hat, blue jeans and blue running shoes. He had a black handgun, the sergeant said.
In the second crime, one suspect held up the Residence Inn at 5:40 p.m. at 700 West Kimberley Ave.
The man walked into the motel lobby and demanded money from the front desk clerk, Gloe said. “After he stole the money from the cash register he ran out of the front doors toward Kimberley Avenue.”
He wore a red mask over his face, a gray sweatshirt and was armed with an unknown type of handgun, the sergeant said.
No one was injured in either armed robbery, he said.
The crimes did not appear related at this time, he said.
Anyone with information about either robbery was asked to call detectives at (714) 993-8146. Anonymous tips can be called into Crime Stoppers at (855) TIP-OCCS or at http://occrimestoppers.org.
—City News Service
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