UPDATE: Two men, and possibly a third, were located as they drove east along Highway 4 at around 6:30 p.m. Friday, police moving in to make an arrest after the pair abandoned the car and tried to run. A sheriff’s helicopter flew overwatch and directed police on the ground in to make the arrest. At least one weapon was recovered from the car.
Two armed men confronted a person at the Danville Trader Joe’s as he was getting out of his car Friday, brandishing weapons and making off with a Rolex watch worth an estimated $40,000.
The robbery occurred at 4:36 p.m. and details are still coming in. Witnesses reportedly took cover at sight of the guns, hiding inside the store. No shots were believed to have been fired.
The suspects were described as two black or Hispanic men, both around 25, and both wearing COVID-style masks and black hoodies. One was armed with a 9 mm pistol and the other was believed to have been carrying a “cut-down” or shortened AR-15 rifle – possibly a carbine.
As we’ve reported on several occasions, the thieves descended on their target, displayed their weapons and left with the watch. It was not immediately known if anything else was taken.
The pair left in a black Acura with a yellow “Baby on Board” sign in the window. It was last seen heading south on Danville Boulevard at El Cerro.
The trio arrested Friday match the description of thieves who pulled off remarkably similar robberies around the Bay Area – including San Francisco and Santa Cruz counties.