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Two small markets hit by armed robbers

Two small grocery stores in rural areas of Nevada County were hit by armed robbers just three days apart, at about the same time of night Friday and Sunday. Local law enforcement is unsure if the two robberies were related, although some elements of both crimes are similar.

The first incident 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, said Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal. The clerk reportedly took his money and handed him back his change.



“The suspect then pointed a pistol at him and said, ‘Put it in the bag,’” Royal said.

The victim reportedly 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 robber was described as possibly Hispanic, in his early 20s, about 5-foot-6, and weighing 160 pounds. He was reportedly 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, Royal said.

The second robbery happened just before 9 p.m. at the Oak Supermarket 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 patted his pockets like he was looking for his wallet, then he displayed a semi-automatic handgun and demanded money,” Royal said.

The robber reportedly told the clerk to open the cash drawer and directed him to lie on the ground before taking the money and fleeing.

It was not known if he fled on foot or in a vehicle and the amount of loss was not yet known, Royal said.

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.

“At this point, there is no connection between the two robberies,” Royal said, adding that detectives are investigating both cases.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call 530-477-4229.


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