Suspects wanting car part rob Checker Auto Parts in Phoenix

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Police are searching for two men who committed an armed robbery at a Phoenix auto parts store on Sept. 8.

According to Phoenix police Detective Mike Fischer, a man called the Checker Auto Parts at 101st Avenue and Camelback Road at approximately 3 p.m. and asked about the availability of a certain part for a 1996 Yukon.

A short time later, the two suspects arrived at the store driving a light blue Yukon or Tahoe. The vehicle was possibly a 1996 model.

Fischer said the clerk noticed one of the suspects had a severe limp when he walked. That suspect contacted the clerk and requested the part he had called about.

When the clerk gave him the part, the suspect displayed a black handgun, which was in his waistband, according to Fischer.

The suspect reportedly told the clerk, "I have a gun, I don't want to use it."

Both suspects left the store with the part and fled in their vehicle.

The suspect with the limp is described as a Hispanic male, 30 to 35 years old and 190 to 200 pounds. He has a tattoo of the Virgin Mary on his neck. He was wearing black shorts, a white baseball cap worn backward and a white T-shirt with "Arizona" written across the front.

The other suspect is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 35 years old, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet 1 inch tall and 180 to 190 pounds. He has tattoos on his arms and a goatee. He was wearing a white shirt, blue jeans and black sunglasses.

Silent Witness is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of the suspects. Call 480-WITNESS with any information.