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Armed robbers hit check cashing store
Police investigate possible link to other robbery
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The Turlock Police Department is investigating a second robbery of a check cashing business in a one-week period.

The latest robbery occurred around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Check Into Cash store at 1641 Lander Ave.

The police department was alerted to the robbery by the activation of a silent alarm, said Turlock Police Lt. Steve Williams.

The lone employee at the store said the two men came into the store wearing Neoprene scuba masks and one was armed with a black handgun.

The suspect with the gun grabbed the clerk by the arm and walked her over to the cash registers.

Williams said the robbers took an undisclosed amount of cash from the register and the woman’s purse, and rifled through her desk.

The men escaped through a back door.

The woman was the only person in the store when the robbers entered and she was not injured, Williams said.

One suspect was described as a Hispanic man about 5 feet, 7 inches tall. He was wearing a scuba mask, a black-hooded sweatshirt, and black sweatpants. He was the suspect armed with the gun, Williams said.

The second suspect was described as a Hispanic man standing 5 feet, 6 inches tall. He was wearing a scuba mask, a gray-hooded sweatshirt and black sweatpants.

Investigators are looking into the possibility of a connection between Wednesday’s robbery and the robbery of a Check Into Cash store on Oct. 6.

The Oct. 6 robbery was at 2305 Geer Rd. and was carried out by two Hispanic men wearing Halloween masks. One of the suspects was armed with a black handgun. Both men were seen wearing gray-hooded sweatshirts and black sweatpants. They left in a white 1990s Toyota Camry, possibly with dealer plates.

Anyone with information about either robbery is asked to contact the Turlock Police Department at 668-5550 or Crime Stoppers at 521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.

To contact Sabra Stafford, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2002.