Surveillance video reveals sights and sounds of armed robbery

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Police are searching for two suspects wanted in an armed robbery at Tumbleweed Gas Mart at Indian School Road and 27th Avenue in Phoenix. By Jennifer Thomas Police are searching for two suspects wanted in an armed robbery at Tumbleweed Gas Mart at Indian School Road and 27th Avenue in Phoenix. By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- In the dark early hours of a hot Phoenix morning, two young men entered a convenience store at 27th Avenue and Indian School with guns drawn and waving in the air.

It's a dramatic and frightening scene caught by the store's surveillance cameras.

"Nothing subtle about this robbery," said Phoenix police Sgt. Darren Burch, coordinator of the Valley's Silent Witness program.

"I don't think this was their first rodeo or their last," Burch said as he showed the video today.

The scary scene unfolded as the robbers first trained their weapons on the store's clerk, demanding cash and cigarettes.

"The way they are waving their guns around," Burch said, "It's remarkable there wasn't an accidental discharge."

An unsuspecting customer then walked into the store and was promptly confronted by the gun-toting twosome.

Like the clerk, the customer is then forced by the robbers to lay on the ground.

"They got away with the cash drawer, cigarettes and the wallets of the clerk and the customer," Sgt. Burch said.

But thanks to the store's surveillance cameras, the two bad guys left behind some very powerful and incriminating evidence in the form of the videotaped sights and sounds of  their violent armed robbery.

"You really feel like your on the front line," said the store's owner Sami Salameh.

"It takes one second to kill somebody."

Today, Silent Witness released the surveillance video of that early morning robbery in hopes of enlisting the public's aid in catching the two young men, described as Hispanic males 18 to 20 years of age.

"We need to get these guys off the street," Sgt. Burch said, "Because they are going to hurt someone, if they already haven't hurt someone."

A reward of up to $1,000 is now being offered in the case.