Palo Alto police are searching for two men they say robbed two movie theater employees at gunpoint on El Camino Real Tuesday night.
At about 10:05 p.m., police received a call from employees at CineArts at Palo Alto Square, located at 3000 El Camino Real, reporting that they had just been robbed. The robbers escaped before police officers arrived. There were no injuries to the victims, police said.
Investigators said two men armed with handguns entered the movie theater lobby through unlocked doors after closing time, while two employees were cleaning up. No moviegoers were present at the time of the robbery, police said.
One of the men pointed a gun at an employee, an adult male in his teens, while the other robber put a gun to the head of the second employee, a woman in her 20s, and demanded their cellphones and to be taken to the safe.
The employees did what they asked and opened the safe, but when the men did not see much money readily accessible, they fled, taking only the employees' cellphones and no money, police said.
The victims described the first robber as a Hispanic male in his 20s, about 5 feet 8 inches tall with a skinny build. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants, black gloves and a black mask similar to an athletic training mask. The second robber is described as a black male in his 20s, about 6 feet tall with a skinny build. He was also wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants, black gloves and a black mask. Both were armed with black semi-automatic handguns, police said.
Neither surveillance video nor sketches of the robbers are available at this time, police said.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the police department at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.