By Bay City News Service
Two El Sobrante businesses located a few blocks from each other were robbed at gunpoint in a span of about 15 minutes Wednesday night, a Contra Costa County sheriff's spokesman said today.
The first robbery was reported at 7:59 p.m. at the Shell gas station at 3621 San Pablo Dam Road, sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee said.
A man armed with a gun entered the gas station, demanded money and fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Less than 15 minutes later, deputies responded to another armed robbery at a Jack-in-the-Box restaurant at 4080 San Pablo Dam Road, about a half-mile from the Shell station, Lee said.
Deputies learned that an armed man held up the restaurant and ran off with cash.
Lee said deputies searched for the suspect with the help of a police K-9 but were unable to locate him.
No injuries were reported in either case.
Investigators have not yet determined whether the same person robbed both businesses, but are reviewing surveillance footage today, Lee said.
Anyone with information about either of the robberies is asked to call the sheriff's office at (925) 313-2441.
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