Robbers hit Paso Robles liquor store

November 14, 2016

pellet gunTwo masked men robbed a pair of clerks at gunpoint inside a Paso Robles liquor store Saturday night. The incident marked the fifth armed robbery in North County in a 15-day span.

Shortly before 11 p.m.,two robbers entered Wayside Liquor at 703 Creston Road, one pointed a handgun at a clerk, and demanded cash, as well as a bottle of alcohol. The clerk then handed over cash from the register and one bottle of booze, according to the police department.

The robbers fled the store and fired at least two rounds into the air. The clerks said the shots sounded like they came from a cap gun. Neither of the clerks was harmed during the robbery.

Police describe one of the suspects as about 5 foot 8 inches to 5 foot 10 inches tall with a thin build. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and a black mask, which looked similar to a ski mask. The robber was also wearing black gloves, a black Seattle Seahawks hat and black shoes with white Nike swooshes on the sides. His gun appeared to be a small-caliber, black, long-barreled revolver.

The other robber was also about 5 foot 8 inches to 5 foot 10 inches tall with a thin build. He was wearing a a dark hooded sweatshirt, dark blue jeans with a military-style green belt, white batting gloves with red finger tips, black shoes with red tread and a black ski mask. The ski mask had white skeleton print near the eye holes.

In the previous robberies, the suspect was described as a white man between 6 foot and 6 foot 2 inches tall who weighs 180 to 200 pounds.

The string of recent robberies began on Oct. 28 when two men robbed the Chevron station on Morro Road in Atascadero. Three days later, an armed man robbed the Mobile station on Golden Hill Road in Paso Robles. On Nov. 6, a man robbed a San Miguel Chevron station, and on Nov. 10, a man robbed Fatte’s Pizza in Atascadero.

Paso Robles investigators are requesting that anyone with information about Saturday’s robbery call the police department at 805-237-6464 or Crime Stoppers at 805-549-STOP.