Police looking for armed robbers who hit up three local business


Police looking for armed robbers who hit up three local businesses

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YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) - Yuma police continue to look for three men who robbed three local businesses at gunpoint last night.

All three armed robberies happened within one hour of each other and within a three-and-a-half mile radius.

Employees at the three businesses--Tacos Mi Rancho, CMS Market, and R.C. Liquor--that were robbed at gunpoint tell me they are scared.

They say their employees are already taking action to increase security.

Itzel Arzoira, who works at Tacos Mi Rancho in Yuma, described her co-worker as being "really brave" after he scared off a man with a handgun who was attempting to rob their restaurant.

Police say it all started at around 9:33 p.m. on Monday when a man wearing a black ski mask attempted to enter the restaurant but failed after the employee chased him off.

"Co-workers all help each other so if I would have been here I would have probably tried to do the same for them, but luckily they did a good job themselves," said Arzoira.

Only twenty minutes after Tacos Mi Rancho was robbed at gunpoint, police say an armed robber hit up the CMS Market on 8th Street.

This time, a robber who was also wearing a ski mask and was armed with a shotgun, entered the store and demanded money.

Witnesses say the armed robber had someone waiting outside and both men then took off running.

A business owner next door to CMS Market says despite efforts to clean up the area, he feels crime has increased to how it was five years ago.

Timothy O'Daniell, the owner of Lorenzo Laundry, told 13 On Your Side he thinks, "robberies in general that take place for the most part in Yuma are drug related."

"I think it's endemic of Yuma and it's a large problem in yuma right now and we need to be more proactive about that and to take action an not cater to prevent and not cater that."

Then, 30 minutes later, police say a man wearing a ski mask and armed with a shotgun robbed R.C. Liquor Store in 24th Street.     

An employee at the liquor store tells 13 On Your Side he threatened to kill the clerk if they didn't hand over their money.

"I think it's pitiful to rob a place for a few buck and a bottle of liquor, it's unbelievable. But yeah, were beefing up security and securing doors. We've got more flood lights being put up," said Kevin Right, an employee at R.C. Liquor.

In two of the robberies, the armed robber is described as wearing a black ski mask, and is between 5'8" to 5'10" tall.

In the third armed robbery, the gunman also wore a black ski mask.

The suspect is described as 5'10 with a light complexion and dark longer hair.

Yuma police say all three armed robberies appear to be connected.

If you have any information on the robberies please call the Yuma Police Department, or you can call 78-CRIME to remain anonymous.    

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