For the second time in less than a month, Ray's Food Place in Willow Creek was robbed by armed men.
The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office reported the robbery took place at around 6 a.m. Monday when five employees were opening the store. As one employee held the door open for his female co-worker, two men brandishing semi-automatic handguns pushed themselves inside and ordered the two employees to the floor. One of the armed intruders made his way to the manager's office while the other suspect held the two deli employees at gunpoint, officials said.
The manager was ordered to put the contents of the store safe into a backpack. The suspects told the employees to count to 100 before calling the police and left the store on foot heading east. No one was injured.
The suspects are described as white adult males wearing black hoodies, full face masks with eye holes, cloth gloves, and armed with black semi-automatic handguns. One suspect was estimated to be about 5 foot 8 inches tall and the other about 6 feet tall.
The same location was robbed on the night of Nov. 13 when an armed man entered through the back entrance of the building and demanded the contents of the safe and registers. The suspect was able to make away with the money and has not been caught.
Sheriff's office Lt. Steve Knight said the two incidents may be linked.
”Our investigators are looking to see if there are any correlations between the two incidents,” Knight said. “Last time, the suspect wore similar clothing.”
The manager at Ray's Food Place in Willow Creek said she was unable to comment. A call to C&K Markets, the corporate headquarters of Ray's Food Place, was not returned before deadline.
”We are grateful that no one was injured,” Knight said. “We are always concerned about the safety of the employees when guns are brandished.”
The sheriff's office asks that anyone with information regarding this case or related criminal activity to call the sheriff's office at 707-445-7251 or the crime tip line at 707-268-2539.