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Gunmen rob 2 convenience stores
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A teenage gunman holds a grocery bag that he is demanding a convenience store clerk fill with cash from the register at the food mart located in the 800 block of East Yosemite Avenue. - photo by Photo Contributed

Gunmen robbed two convenience stores of cash within a block of each other on East Yosemite Avenue near Powers Avenue four hours apart on Tuesday – one about 7 p.m. and the other at 11 p.m. 

The first gunman walked into the Food Mart Kwiki service station in the 800 block of East Yosemite and pulled out a nickel plated large frame revolver. He pointed the weapon at the store clerk demanding he fill his paper grocery bag with cash out of the register. With his finger clearly on the trigger, the clerk raised his hands and backed away from the robber. After getting the money from the register, the clerk said the robber walked out the door and ran to a waiting car with a getaway driver parked on the curbing of Yosemite Avenue. 

The robber was described as standing about 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10 with a slender build. They said he had short, dark hair, wearing a long white T-shirt and jeans. Officers quoted a witness reported seeing a small white car, similar to a Ford Focus, driving at a high rate of speed southbound on Powers Avenue during the time frame of the robbery. The driver was reportedly the sole occupant of the vehicle, matching the description of the robbery suspect.

At about 11 p.m. an older gunman entered the 7-Eleven at the northwest corner of Powers and Yosemite where he leaned over the counter and pointed his semi-automatic hand gun at the clerk – demanding money from the register. Police said he was described as a male adult in his late 30s to early 40s and approximately 6-foot- with a heavy build. The man had a short dark beard and was wearing all dark clothing and a stocking cap.