A man armed with a handgun robbed the customer service counter at the Cerritos Walmart Tuesday night and fled with roughly $1,500 in cash.
The holdup at the store located at 12701 Towne Center Drive was reported at about 7:15 p.m. Nov. 20., according to a sergeant at the Cerritos Sheriff's Station.
According to a customer who was in the store's service area at that time, the suspect -- described by authorities as a White man about 6 feet tall wearing jeans, a dark hoodie and a bandana over his face -- told the employees at the counter, "Give me everything you have ... hurry up!" He was also holding a small metal handgun and pointing it directly at the cashiers while making his demands, the witness told Patch.
"He was getting frustrated with them because we were all so shocked," the witness said. "He kept saying, 'Give me everything you have ... hurry up'."
The witness managed to move away from the area, and moved toward the checkout lines and immediately called 911 to report the crime in progress.
Sheriff's deputies quickly responded to the scene but the suspect had already fled with roughly $1,500 in cash, the sheriff's sergeant said. No one was hurt during the holdup, he added.
Detectives will be reviewing surveillance footage of the robbery, the sergeant said, adding that there were some suspect leads being worked on.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the Cerritos Sheriff's Station at (562) 860-0044.
Cerritos Robberies Occur Less Than Two Hours Apart
Some two hours later, a man wearing a motorcycle helmet robbed the Taco Bell/KFC restaurant at 13313 Artesia Blvd. in Cerritos at gunpoint. (Click here for additional details on that robbery.)
It was unclear whether the two crimes were related.* Keep up-to-date on all Cerritos-Artesia crime, news, alerts and events by “liking” us on Facebook and following us on Twitter.