SAND CITY, Calif. - Five robberies in less than two weeks and law enforcement officers across the peninsula are looking for the armed suspects.
Surveillance videos is helping to provide leads for police. Authorities have linked two suspects to the November 29th robberies. By 6:30 a.m., the pair had hit the Motel 6 in Salinas, and two gas station convenience stores in Marina and Seaside.
"The guy said, 'I'm sorry, but I have to do this," said 7 Eleven Manager Amanda Harber.
At 5:30 a.m., a customer wearing a sweatshirt that said "cookies" on it wanted more than just sweets. Harber's son was behind the counter at the 7 Eleven in Marina that day.
"First he thought it was a joke because he never experienced that. My son keeps on looking and he said, 'no, I'm robbing you,” said Harber.
And to show that he meant business the robber kept fidgeting and lifting up his shirt and said he had a gun, said the 7 Eleven manager.
The grainy video captured Harber's son handing over money from the register. An exchange so quick that a customer standing just feet away didn't even notice.
"We are required to have less than $100 in our drawer, so he didn't get away with much. He probably got about the most $80,” said Harber.
And just before that, the pair had tried to clean out a Motel 6 in Salinas. They went on to hit another gas station convenience store in Seaside before calling it a day.
Peninsula Regional Violence and Narcotics Team member Ethan Andrews said, "I think the pattern we see is that there's two males, one of them at least has a firearm. That's the pattern we are looking at right now. As far as the geographic area, I think it's been kind of random on the peninsula"
Now, investigators are trying to figure out whether they are responsible for two more hits, one was on the streets of Monterey.
The latest robbery happened in Sand City. Police said two people were robbed while sitting in their car and one of them was shot.
Police described one suspect as a Hispanic man with long hair and a beanie, while the other man was thin, around 5’10 and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.
Investigators encourage witnesses to come forward especially anyone who saw the shooting near West Bay Street in Sand City.
Anyone with information can call the PRVNT Anonymous Tip Line at 831-646-3840.