Mexican grocery store robbed again

Mexican grocery store robbed again
By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
A Mexican grocery store in Union City has been robbed for the second time in as many months.
Two suspects are being sought today in the Wednesday night robbery of Taqueria La Michoacana at 1207 East Main St. (See related photo, Page 10.)
Police responded to the store about 8:35 p.m. after a cashier called 911 to report she had been robbed of cash by two black men, according to a Union City Police Department report.
The clerk told police — and store video showed — that one of the two men who entered the store had a pistol.
An undetermined amount of cash was taken and no injuries were reported.
Union City police investigator Derrick O’Dell said the suspect who brandished the gun was a black male of slender build with a tattoo on his right inner forearm. At the time, he was wearing an orange knit cap with eye holes and a white cloth used as a mask, as well as black pants, possibly sweats, and a black shirt. He may have a lot of hair due to the way the cap appeared large on his head in video surveillance.
The second suspect was wearing all black with a hood and a red bandanna for a mask.
Each suspect was wearing a white glove on his right hand.
Anyone who has information about the hold-up or the suspects is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers. Tips may be reported to the Union City Police Department at 885-1515 or to Crime Stoppers at 885-TIPS (885-8477). Callers to Crime Stoppers are guaranteed anonymity and could earn rewards for tips.
Taqueria La Michoacana was also robbed at gunpoint about two months ago on Oct. 24, also a Wednesday night.
The October robbery occurred about 7:55 p.m. when three black men wearing all black clothing, with bandannas covering their faces, and wielding semi-automatic pistols came into the store. One of the three stood in front of the counter pointing a pistol at a store employee while one allegedly went to the back of the store and another grabbed money from a filing cabinet behind the counter.
In a separate incident earlier this month, cash was reported taken during a theft at the same Mexican grocery store. An employee told police she briefly went to the back of the East Main Street store the evening of Dec. 4 and returned to the counter to realize someone had come into the store and gone behind the counter to a filing cabinet. The intruder allegedly pried the cabinet open and stole an unknown amount of cash.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by email at cmenees@ucmessenger.com. Published in The Messenger 12.20.12

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