Police investigate string of robberies

Police are investigating two Modesto robberies and an attempted robbery between Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. No arrests have been made.

The first happened at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, police spokesman Sgt. Craig Gundlach said. A man walked into De Angelo's Jewelry at 3900 Pelandale Ave. and asked a clerk to show him diamond earrings. When the clerk brought the jewelry out, the man grabbed the rack of earrings and ran. Police were unable to find the robber but described him as a black man, 5 feet, 10 inches tall, with short hair. He was wearing a burgundy velvet shirt and gray jeans.

The next robbery happened at 1:20 a.m. Thursday at 2101 Tully Road, Gundlach said. A white man in his 20s wearing a red baseball cap and multicolored jacket went into a shop and demanded money from the clerk, Gundlach said. The man was armed with a knife. He fled after the clerk gave him money. Officers could not find him.

At 2:40 a.m., Gundlach said, a man described as black, 6 feet tall and 230 pounds walked into a gas station armed with a firearm. He hit the clerk twice but left when he couldn't get any money. He fled on foot from the Chevron station at 815 Kansas Ave.

The man was wearing a black sweat shirt over a white T-shirt, black pants and a beanie, Gundlach said. The clerk had a laceration on his head.

Police ask anyone with information about these robberies to call Crime Stoppers at 521-4636. Tipsters also can e-mail tips through the Crime Stoppers Web site,

www.modestopolice.com/crimestoppers, or text tips to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tips704" plus your message. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward.

Bee staff writer Emilie Raguso can be reached at eraguso@modbee.com or 578-2235.