Robber hits tan salon |

Robber hits tan salon

A Grass Valley tanning salon was robbed at gunpoint Friday evening, employees of a neighboring business said shortly after the crime was reported.

A female employee of Maui Tans, 762 Freeman Lane, was shaking, crying and barely able to stand up as she described a robber who held a gun to her head, said two women working at the Dollar Tree next door.

The employee ran into the Dollar Tree at about 6:30 p.m., just moments after a robber reportedly stole the keys to the salon and took the money in the register.

“She was shaking and couldn’t stand up. She was in bad shape,” Dollar Tree employee Jamie Hernandez said.

Hernandez and assistant manager Sonya Wright helped the woman from Maui Tans when she burst in the store, visibly shaken and screaming for them to call 911.

The robber had came in through the back door and held a gun to her head, Hernandez said. He reportedly threatened to shoot the salon employee if she moved.

There were three people tanning inside the salon, but no one was injured, Hernandez said.

The employee told the Dollar Tree workers the robber was wearing black pants and a gray sweat shirt with a Nike emblem.

At 7:30 p.m., the Maui Tans employee was still talking to Grass Valley police in the salon. Police officers on the scene declined to comment on the crime and did not release a description of the suspect.

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