LANCASTER – A Lancaster business was hit by armed robbers Tuesday night, authorities said.
The incident happened shortly before 9 p.m. at Alta Dena Express in the 44900 Block of 10th Street West, according to Lancaster Community Relations Deputy Michael Rust.
“One male Black and one male Hispanic, both of them wearing dark clothing with masks covering their faces, entered the store,” Rust said. “One of guys pulled a handgun from his waist and demanded money.”
Rust said once the thieves got the money, they ran out of the store and escaped on foot.
“The store clerk and a witness followed them out into the alley way, which is right behind the store, and the deputies were already there on the scene responding to the call,” Rust continued. “The deputies saw the suspects jump over a wall into the rear yard of a residence, and they quickly contained the area and started the search.”
Deputies searched with the help of a sheriff’s helicopter, but the search was unsuccessful.
“They recovered some clothing and a BB gun, but they did not find the suspects,” Rust said, adding that the station’s Robbery Suppression Team is currently hunting the two suspects.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Lancaster Station at 661-948-8466. If you would like to remain anonymous, you may do so by calling Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.