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News - January 9, 2013

Tri-E-Z consults police after another robbery

by Sandy Brundage

Customers shopping at the Tri-E-Z in Menlo Park got more than they bargained for on a recent 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.

"At this time we are working with the owner to make it less appealing to potential robbers," said Sgt. Ed Soares of the Menlo Park Police Department. Officers in the "crime prevention through environmental design" program will evaluate the store in an attempt to deter future robberies. The program focuses on influencing the offender's decision-making process by altering an area's physical environment to make it less appealing as a target.

Anyone with information about the Dec. 28 robbery can call Det. Ron Venzon at 330-6363 or the police department's anonymous tip line at 330-6395.

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