Two men armed with handguns robbed a liquor store in Midtown Palo Alto on Saturday night, Dec. 29, and absconded with alcohol and cash, Palo Alto police said.
The robbery occurred at Century Liquors at 3163 Middlefield Road just before 7:55 p.m., when the men entered the store and demanded alcohol and cash from a clerk. One of the robbers pointed a gun at the victim, a man in his 20s, who complied with their demands.
The men placed 12 bottles of various types of alcohol - with a total value of about $230 -- into backpacks they had brought and fled out the front door with an undisclosed amount of cash. There were no injuries, and no customers were in the store at the time, police said. The victim did not see the robbers get into a vehicle.
Officers arrived on scene within one minute and began a manhunt with the assistance of a canine unit from the Mountain View Police Department. A helicopter from the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office voluntarily joined the search after monitoring the robbery on the police radio. Despite these efforts, the search was unsuccessful, police said.
The robbers are described as black men in their 20s. They were wearing black masks, black jackets, and dark pants. Both men were armed with semi-automatic handguns. One of the men was about 6 feet tall with a thin build. The other man was about 5 feet 10 inches tall, police said. Surveillance images are not available for release at this time, police added.
Detectives are actively investigating the incident. Police ask that anyone who may have information about this crime contact the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent by text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.