A frightening armed robbery in Ivanhoe is caught on camera. One man points a shotgun at the clerk, while two others rob the store.
It happened around 7:20 p.m. Thursday at the “Family Market” on road 159. The store owner did not want to go on camera but said he’s seen enough surveillance video of clerks being attacked to know it’s not worth it to fight back.
“One of the three was armed with what appears to be a sawed off shotgun,” Sgt. Larry Camacho with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.
The barrel of that gun was pointed at the store owner as he opens his cash register.
“It was very intense, and as you can imagine he was startled. He was frightened,” Camacho said.
The owner tells said he had just come back inside from a break and three masked men enter moments later demanding cash.
One headed to the cooler, the other filled a duffel bag.
“They were able to get away with an undisclosed amount of us currency. They took some goods from the store including alcoholic beverages and some cigars,” Camacho said.
The suspects are described as Hispanic males. Between 20 and 25-years-old, 5’10” to 6″ tall, average build except the man with the gun. “He was probably the biggest of the three, anywhere between 245 and 265,” Camacho said.
The owner was alone in the store at the time. The suspects were in and out within two minutes. Authorities said they ran northbound down a side street.
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