Crime

2 armed men rob Modesto tobacco shop

Two men robbed the Smoke Zone tobacco shop at 3900 Pelandale Ave. at about 2:40 p.m. Thursday, according to Modesto police.

The men, both wearing ski-type masks, entered the store, asked where the money was, cleared the cash register and took some pipes, said Police Department spokeswoman Heather Graves.

The men, described as Latino and possibly 18 to 24 years old, brandished a handgun and fled in a vehicle described only as blue.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 209-521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Tipsters may also text information to Crime Stoppers at 274637. Just type “TIP704” along with your message.

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