Shots fired at Danville Costco during armed robbery

Shots were fired at a Danville Costco on Friday during the store’s second smash-and-grab robbery involving hammer-wielding assailants this month.

The two men then fled in a waiting silver Toyota Camry with paper license plates that was being driven by a third suspect, Geoff said. A second shot was sacked into the air as they were leaving the parking lot, police said. One of the suspects, wearing a ski mask, walked to a glass display case, broke the glass with a hammer and took items from the case, police said.

The East Bay Times (http://bayareane.ws/2q2gycH) reports that no one was injured during the Friday robbery at a Costco in Danville but one bystander was treated by medics for shock.

Shots were fired during the robbery that happened at around 12:15 p.m. inside the Costco at 3150 Fostoria Way. The suspect with the ski mas ran into the parking lot, got into a vehicle and fled.

Danville police chief Steve Simpkins said there were “obviously similarities” between the two robberies, but there was no conclusive evidence linking the crimes thus far. Both men had a slender build and were between 5-foot-9 and 6 feet, police said.

The robbery was almost identical to one on May 8, when three suspects entered the same store and attempted to take items from a jewelry display case, officials said.

Simpkins said investigators are working leads to track down the auto and robbers as quickly as possible. No gun was seen during that incident.

In the May 8 incident, Kesean Edwards, a 21-year-old resident of Oakland, was tackled by store employees and pinned to the ground, according to police. Suspect one was wearing a black hoodie, gray trousers, gloves and a mask. He was booked at the Martinez Detention Facility on suspicion of robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and burglary. Police are still looking for the three other suspects in last week’s case, according to the chief.

Anyone with information about Friday’s robbery is asked to call Danville police at 925-820-2144.

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