OAKLAND -- Three masked gunmen stormed into a Grand Lake district nail salon Wednesday night and robbed nine employees and customers of several thousand dollars in cash, jewelry and iPhones, police said.
No one was injured although one employee had a gold necklace yanked from her neck. The same woman also had two rings taken from her.
The frightening robbery happened about 6:10 p.m. at Grand Nails, 3667 Grand Ave, about an hour before closing. One employee said that this is the first time in his seven years at the store that a robbery has happened.
"They needed money, they asked for money only," he said. "So we gave them money so they would leave." He said the robbers even took some of the employee's tip money.
Police said six employees and three customers -- all but one women -- were robbed. The victims range in age from 28 to 62 and live in Oakland, San Leandro and Castro Valley.
Police said the robbers went to each person taking valuables from them. Business proceeds were also taken.
After a few moments the robbers ran from the salon.
A witness reported seeing them drive away in a black four-door Nissan. The store is open for service again today.
"Everything is OK now, so we're still working," an employee said. "It was very scary ... Nobody was hurt so I'm thankful for that."
Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $5,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of the robbers. Anyone with information may call police at 510-238-3326 or a tip line at 510-773-2805.