PLACER COUNTY (CBS13) – Investigators say a pair of husband and wife robbers teamed up with three teens for a robbery spree.
Those teens weren’t just along for the ride; investigators say they were armed with guns for the violent crimes.
“It’s just disgusting,” said Colfax resident Jerry Urke.
Surveillance cameras captured a gang of armed crooks storming into Colfax Food and Gas just after 11 p.m.
The clerk puts his hands up immediately, hands them cash, and then gets on his hands and knees.
Before the suspects leave, one of them hurls the empty cash drawer at the victim’s head, leaving him and the small community of Colfax stunned.
“We take care of each other,” said resident Amanda Rawlins. “We don’t do that around here. It’s just not something you hear of.”
Placer County sheriff’s investigators believe behind the masks and hoods were Jamaul and Justina Irene Baker.
Their three accomplices, investigators say, are a 15-year-old and two 14-year-olds.
A half hour before the robbery, investigators say the group robbed a clerk at gunpoint at an Auburn Comfort Inn.
It was an Auburn police officer who spotted their wanted car and took the crooks down.
“Followed it down and as it was going down the freeway; called in for backup,” said Sgt. Alfredo Guitron of the Placer County Sheriff’s Office.
The suspects may be facing even more jail time as investigators as far as Fresno look to see if the alleged criminal couple and their sidekick kids made stops in their towns.
“Why would people do that?” asked Rawlins. “You don’t hear of people doing that around here, just kind of stunned, just kind of scary.”
For now, they’re facing charges in Wednesday night’s two robberies.