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Posted: 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2013
SAN LEANDRO, Calif. —
San Leandro police released surveillance video on Wednesday, warning area residents of two men responsible for as many as seven recent armed robberies in the normally quiet East Bay city.
The robbers have hit several businesses including a Home Depot. KTVU spoke with one worker who heard some chilling words from one of the aggressive gunman.
The threat came during the hold-up of the grocery outlet on East 14th Street in San Leandro that happened in less than a minute.
Newly released surveillance video shows two men walk in. One robber heads to check-out aisle six, pulls a gun, and points it at the checkers head.
"I don't know what the person said on [aisle] six, but after that he shot up in the air," said Grocery Outlet worker Michael Vaughn. "And after that he opened up the register."
San Leandro Police Lt. Randall Brandt said the two thieves quickly finished the job once the firearm was discharged.
"They continue with the robbery, they got the money and then flee the business," said Brandt. "They did fire a shot. [That is] pretty unique. We don't have that happen too often."
Brandt told KTVU he believes the two men are responsible for at least seven armed robberies during a 10-week stretch from mid-January through March.
In addition to the home depot, the thieves hit a Rite Aid pharmacy and a Dollar Tree store.
"They're still out there committing multiple robberies," said Brandt. "Our concern is this can have a non-peaceful outcome and we want to avoid that."
Inside the Grocery Outlet, the bullet hole in the ceiling still remains.
Vaughn said that is one reminder of the crime. The other was something he heard one of the thieves say that stuck in his mind.
"On the way out, he told the person on 6, 'You lucky I didn't shoot you,'" remembered Vaughn.
Police asked area resident who recognize the two robbers at all to call authorities. The department is now offering a $20,000 reward in the case.
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