Two men wearing black bandannas over their faces allegedly robbed the O’Reilly Auto Parts store on North Riverside Drive at closing time May 31.
Store employees Joshua Rios and Jose Orozco Jr. met Española Police officer Abe Maes at the store’s locked front door at about 10 p.m. The two told Maes that at about 9:50 p.m. the two men came into the store as the two employees were counting out cash drawers.
One of the robbers pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at the employees and demanded the cash from the drawers. The two complied.
The robber in the green ball cap then asked who the manager was and when Orozco said he was, the two suspects ordered the two employees to the back and order Orozco to open the safe.
They took about $5,500 and ran out the front door, heading into Cook’s Trailer Park, Maes wrote.
Officers searching the area of the trailer park found a resident who said the two suspect ran through his yard, pointed a gun at him and continued through the park.
E-911 radio traffic at the time also indicated the two may have doubled back toward the area of Baskin Robbins but they were not located.
Two men hanging around the back of O’Reilly’s later that same night told officers they knew of two men committing crimes in the Española area but did not know their names.
The store employees described the robbers as one being about 6-feet tall, the other 5 feet, 6 inches. Both were medium build.