Crime

Masked man robs SLO Trader Joe’s at gunpoint

The Trader Joe’s in San Luis Obispo was robbed at gunpoint in 2016. A Trader Joe's in Santa Barbara was robbed and its employees held at gunpoint on Sunday night.
The Trader Joe’s in San Luis Obispo was robbed at gunpoint in 2016. A Trader Joe's in Santa Barbara was robbed and its employees held at gunpoint on Sunday night. tgibson@thetribunenews.com

A masked gunman held up employees at the San Luis Obispo Trader Joe’s on Sunday night and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

No one was injured, and police continue to investigate the incident.

The man entered the business on the 3900 block of South Higuera Street through the unlocked front doors about 9:30 p.m., when the store had closed but an unknown number of employees remained inside, San Luis Obispo police Sgt. Jeff Booth said Monday morning.

Witnesses told police that the man was dressed in all black clothing and approached an employee who was counting a cash drawer, brandished a handgun and told the employee he would shoot the employee if the cash wasn’t handed over, Booth said.

The man is described as white, standing about 5 feet 11 inches tall, wearing black shoes, a puffy jacket, a black hood over his head and a cloth over his face. An employee said he left the store parking lot in an older Japanese-made gold-colored sedan, Booth said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the San Luis Obispo Police Department at 781-7317 or Crime Stoppers at 549-STOP.

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