Customers shopping at the Tri-E-Z in Menlo Park got more than they bargained for Friday night after two men, one armed with a handgun, robbed both store and shoppers.
Police responded to a 911 call about an armed robbery around 7:35 p.m. on Dec. 28. According to the report, the men demanded that a store employee empty the cash register, and accosted the two customers. No one was physically injured.
Witnesses described one suspect as a thin black man approximately 18 to 25 years old, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, black mask, black gloves, gray watch cap, and blue pants, and carrying a handgun.
They described the other suspect also as a thin black man about the same height, 22 to 25 years old, wearing a black jacket, black watch cap, black gloves and blue pants.
Escaping with an undisclosed amount of stolen money and property, the duo fled on foot, running south on El Camino Real. An extensive search by Menlo Park and Atherton police found only a cold trail.
The store, located at 1820 El Camino Real, was also robbed in 2007, 2011, and July 2012.
Anyone with information about the crime can call Det. Ron Venzon at 330-6363 or the police department's anonymous tip line at 330-6395.