PINOLE -- Four men burst into a liquor store Tuesday night and robbed the shop of cash and cigarettes, police said.

The robbery occurred at 10:12 p.m. at the Appian Liquors on 1677 San Pablo Ave., when four suspects rushed into the store and spread out to secure it, Pinole police Cmdr. Pete Janke said. Once they made sure the isles were empty, one of the men motioned to the clerk with a black semi-automatic handgun to get on the floor, Janke said.

After taking cash and cigarettes, the four men fled east on San Pablo Avenue, Janke said.

The men were described by police as either Asian or Hispanic males between 5 feet 5 inches and 5 feet 6 inches tall with average builds. They all wore gloves, and three of them wore hooded sweatshirts, including the man with the gun.

That man wore gray sweatpants, a ski mask and a black hoodie, Janke said. The two other men with hoodies wore a white and black one, respectively, and they also wore ski masks. The fourth man involved in the robbery wore a dark jacket, a black knit hat with a small bill and a multicolored scarf covering his lower face.

Anyone with any information about the robbery is being urged to contact the Pinole Police Department at 510-724-8950.

Rick Hurd covers crime. Contact him in Richmond at 510-262-2728 and follow him at Twitter.com/3rdERH.



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