Two men brandishing a silver semi-automatic handgun robbed cash from a victim outside the Monument Boulevard Safeway Monday evening, according to the Concord Police Department.
The robbery was reported at 10:47 p.m., according to Concord police Lt. Robin Heinemann. The suspects approached a victim outside the Safeway at 2250 Monument Blvd. and demanded money at gun point. No one was hurt, reported the Contra Costa Times.
The suspects took cash, a wallet, and the victim's keys, Heinemann said, but did not steal the victim's car.
Police are searching for two suspects. One is described as a white male, between 35 to 40 years old with a medium build, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and white shoes. The second suspect was also a white male, about 6'4", wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Concord police tip line at 925-603-5836.
Concord police have seen an increase in the number of illegal firearms in the city, according to Officer Ollie Sansen. There have been three arrests for illegal possession and exhibition of a firearm this month.
Here are some safety tips for avoiding a robbery, via the Oakland Police Department:
- Always conceal what you have to steal, such as money or a cell phone.
- Report suspicious persons to the police.
- Be especially cautious around BART stations. Try not to walk alone at night near stations. Avoid making cell phone calls while on BART or the bus.
- Be aware of who is around you. If someone looks suspicious or makes you feel uneasy, avoid that person. Go inside a store or business if necessary.
- Conceal your phone the way you would conceal your cash.
- Use ATMs in well lighted, populated areas. Scan the area before using the ATM, and if you see a person loitering in the area for no apparent reason, go to another location. If you see something strange during your transaction, push cancel, take your card, and leave the area. After the transaction, be alert. You’ll have cash in hand making you a possible target.