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January 23, 2001|Staff Writer

NILAND — Two convenience store clerks were held up at gunpoint here Sunday night, and County Sheriff's Office investigators are looking for two suspects.

The suspects, both described as white males, were wearing masks made of trash bags and came into the Niland Soco Mini Mart about 9:15 p.m. Sunday, said sheriff's Sgt. Pompeyo Tabarez.

One of the men brandished a handgun at two clerks and demanded money from them. After taking money, along with cigarettes and cigarette lighters, the thieves ran from the store.

County Sheriff's Office dispatch logs indicate about $275 was taken.

The Lone Ranger-type masks had been cut from plastic trash bags and were tied with strings, Tabarez said.

Tabarez said investigators with the sheriff's identification unit are attempting to pull fingerprints off the masks and will be canvassing the area, looking for witnesses who may have seen two men running away from the convenience store.


The clerks were not injured, Tabarez said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's Brawley substation at 344-2615.

Staff Writer Marcy Misner can be reached at 337-3441.

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