HAYWARD -- For the second time in less than a month, police say masked suspects have robbed a city Jack in the Box at gunpoint during closing time.

The most recent stickup took place at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday inside the restaurant at 1490 West Winton Ave. between Saklan and Clawiter roads, Lt. Mark Stuart said.

A preliminary investigation revealed that a suspect armed with black semi-auto handgun entered the business just before closing, jumped the counter and took money from the store's cash registers, Stuart said.

The suspect also forced the store manager to open a safe as employees laid on the ground.

He then ran out of the restaurant in an unknown direction.

Police described the suspect as a black man, age 20, 5 feet 5 inches, with a thin build. He wore a gray hoodie with the hood over his head and had his face covered with a cloth.

Earlier this month, on May 1, the Jack in the Box at 31005 Mission Boulevard was also robbed at gunpoint. The fast food restaurant is about nine miles away from the Jack in the Box that robbers hit Wednesday.

Police say two suspects wearing ski masks and black hooded sweatshirts entered the store about 12:01 a.m. and ordered all the employees into the kitchen.

The suspects, one armed with a small semi automatic handgun, took cash from the registers and fled, Stuart said.

No one was injured during either armed robbery and it the robberies do not appear to be related.


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Anyone with information regarding either robbery is asked to call police at 510-293-7000.

Contact Natalie Neysa Alund at 510-293-2469. Follow her at Twitter.com/nataliealund.