PENINSULA -- Pacifica and South San Francisco police are searching for two teen armed robbery suspects who held up stores in each city Wednesday.

While authorities cannot confirm that the suspects in both cases are the same, police say the two robberies, which occurred within three hours of each other, bear striking similarities to one another.

"I would suspect they are the same, but we have not confirmed that yet," Pacifica police Sgt. Joseph Spanheimer said. "The similarity in suspect description and clothing would suggest they're the same people."

In both cases, the suspects were described as teenage Hispanic males wearing black-hooded sweatshirts, between 5 feet 2 inches tall and 5 feet 6 inches tall with thin builds. In each case, the pair pulled one weapon on the store clerk and demanded the register's contents.

Pacifica police officers first responded about 10:50 p.m. to U Save Liquors at 81 Bill Drake Drive, Spanheimer said. The clerk told police he had handed over an undisclosed amount of cash to two teens with bandannas over their faces, who got into an older-model brown sports car and drove west on Manor Drive.

Three hours later, two suspects matching that same description robbed a South San Francisco 7-11 store in the 1100 block of Mission Road, Sgt. Tom Neary said. In that incident, the clerk handed over the money when one teen pulled out a silver handgun, and the two ran away from the store on foot about 1 a.m..

Anyone with information about the suspects or either incident may contact Pacifica police at 650-738-7314 or South San Francisco police at 650-877-8900.


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