Five Men Sought in Convenience Store Robberies

SACRAMENTO COUNTY -- Five men are wanted in connection with a series of liquor and convenience store robberies in Sacramento County.

The robberies began Nov. 21 and have continued through Nov. 29 in both the northern and southern parts of the county. The AM-PM on Marconi and Eastern avenues and the Shell station on Fair Oaks Boulevard and Watt Avenue are two locations that have been targeted.

According to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, the suspects rob the clerk at gun point -- demanding cash and cigarettes. Investigators said customers were also robbed in at least one of the incidents.

"It's just like in the movies," said one convenience store clerk, who chose to hide her identity. "Same thing; beg for your life, don't kill me, don't hurt me."

Still traumatized after surviving one of the first robberies in the spree, the clerk told FOX40 two men walked into her store, came around behind her and forced her to the ground.

"Threw me on the floor," she said. "He shook my head and told me, 'Open the drawer, open the drawer.'" "I couldn't do it and he told me, 'Don't be nervous, open the drawer.'"

One went for the cash drawer, the other zeroed in on the customers, the clerk said.

"I heard him say, 'Give me your money,'" she said. "Five, four, three, two, one, he had a gun to their head."

Investigators believe five men, four black and one white or Hispanic, are responsible for the armed robberies.

They are believed to be associated with a grey or silver 2004-2006 Dodge Stratus sedan with a broken rear passenger-side window, covered in cardboard or plastic. The car is also said to have paper plates.

"It's gotten out of hand and we want to make sure to bring these folks to justice," said Sgt. Shaun Hampton with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.

Anyone with information about these robberies is urged to contact the sheriff's department at (916) 874-5115 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at (916) 443-HELP.