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Attempted Robbery at Belmont Smoke Shop

Post Date:06/30/2014 4:12 PM

Contact:  Captain Patrick Halleran (650) 595-7430

Two suspects attempted to rob a Belmont Smoke Shop Friday night, but fled without getting anything when a customer escaped and called 9-1-1.

On Friday, June 27, 2014 @ approximately 9:00PM, the owner of a smoke shop in the 300 block of El Camino was in the store with a customer, when two men entered the shop through a rear door that had been propped open for ventilation.  One of the suspects brandished a dark semi-automatic handgun at the store owner and demanded money.  When this occurred, the customer, a 70 year old male, ran out the front door and called 9-1-1.  At this point the suspects turned and fled back out the rear door of the business without getting anything.

Belmont Police arrived on-scene within a minute of the call and conducted an area search for the suspects, which included assistance from a airplane from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.  In spite of an extensive search, the suspects were not located.  Neither the shop owner nor the customer were injured during the incident.

The suspects were described as two Hispanic males, approximately 5' 6" tall with medium builds.  Both were wearing dark clothing and dark masks.  A black air-soft type replica handgun and a pair of black sweatpants were found discarded a short distance from the store.

Belmont Police are asking anyone with information on this incident to call Belmont Police at (650) 595-7400.

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