Emeryville Police released surveillance video of a rapid armed robbery involving three suspects at a Target store over the weekend.
On Saturday, September 2, shortly after midnight, the Police Department responded to a take-over robbery that happens at the Target store located at 1555 40th Street, Emeryville California. During the incident, three masked suspects quickly entered the store and order everyone to get on the floor. Two of the gangsters were armed, one with a handgun and the second with a rifle.
The video released where shows the suspects arriving at the Target at about 12:07 a.m. with the first gangster holding what appears to be a handgun and wearing a dark backpack running into the store first, followed by the second obviously unarmed suspect.
As two Target store employees identifiable by the red shirts they are wearing move towards the door, the third gangster armed with a rifle appears and blocks the door, keeping them from leaving. The robber then motions with the rifle for the employees to move back from the door, at one-point kicking at a female who was on the floor to move her away from the entrance. The robber walks the two employees away from the door and out of the view of the security camera.
About half a minute later, the first two gangsters are seen returning to the front of the store, and the three masked suspects make their getaway with one of the robbers holding what appears to be an armful of goods and run out of the Target.
Emeryville Police report that the robbers took money from the cash drawer before fleeing the scene in an unknown vehicle four door silver sedan. Authorities said the amount of the loss from this rapid armed robbery was unknown at this time.
“This kind of takeover-style robbery is rare in Emeryville. Solving the crime is now a priority for the Police Department”. Emeryville Police Captain Oliver Collins told 5-KPIX news. “It’s just a brazen act that’s very dangerous and pulls at the fabric of our community here in Emeryville,” said officer Collins.
“Our biggest concern is why this place? Why that time of night? Why Emeryville? Of all the targets in the Bay Area, we don’t particularly see that location as a soft target area,” explained Collins. “It’s not close to a freeway on ramp, off ramp, it’s not something that strikes us as an easy target.”
The robbers came to the right time when the cash was being collected from all the registers at the end of the shift, but investigators would not speculating about whether or not this was an inside job.
Anyone with any information regarding the suspects or this rapid armed robbery is asked to call the Emeryville Police Department at 510-596-3700.