Nevada County Sheriff: 2 armed robberies connected
After reviewing surveillance video from both locations, Nevada County Sheriffs detectives now believe armed robberies at two local stores were committed by the same suspect, and have released an image of the suspect.
The first robbery occurred just before 10 p.m. Friday at the Cedar Ridge Country Store, in the 12000 block of Highway 174.
The suspect entered the store and then walked up to the counter with a bottle of Coke, and the clerk took his money and handed him back his change.
The suspect reportedly then pointed a pistol at the clerk and said, “Put it in the bag.”
The victim complied, grabbing a paper bag and filling it with approximately $175 in cash, and giving it to the robber, who fled the scene on foot toward Brunswick Drive.
The suspect was described as possibly Hispanic, in his early 20s, about 5-foot-6, and weighing 160 pounds. He was wearing a dark green hooded sweatshirt and black sweatpants, white shoes with black soles, and grey garden gloves.
He also was wearing a white handkerchief covering part of his face.
The second robbery happened just before 9 p.m. at the Oak Super Market in the 11000 block of Squirrel Creek Road on Sunday.
The suspect — who was described as possibly Asian — entered the market and pulled a Coke out of the refrigerator case before going to the cash register.
He reportedly displayed a semi-automatic handgun and demanded money, told the clerk to open the cash drawer and directed him to lie on the ground before taking the money and fleeing.
The robber on Sunday was described as being about 5-foot-8 or 5-foot-9, weighing 125 pounds, with a long, wiry black mustache. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and a black baseball cap, and had a white bandanna covering his mouth.
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