Armed robbery at local motel |

Armed robbery at local motel

Two men in ski masks walked into an office of a South Lake Tahoe motel Tuesday night, pointed a stainless steel pistol at a clerk and ran off with $280 cash.

The robbery occurred at the Best Tahoe West Inn at 4082 Pine Blvd. at 10:20 p.m. The men, who were wearing ski masks, gloves and dark clothing, ran north from the motel breaking through a backyard fence at 4051 Azure Ave., police said.

A resident heard the crash and walked out back to see two men get into a dark Honda Accord and head east on Greenwood Road.

A night manager and a clerk were in the office during the crime. After the two robbers came through the door, one pointed .38-caliber pistol at a clerk’s face. The other walked around the front counter and grabbed the cash from the clerk after she nervously collected it from the register.

One suspect was described as a Hispanic man in his early 20s, 5 feet 3 inches tall, with a thin build and a slight accent. The other man was described as a Hispanic in his early 20s, 5 feet 4 inches tall, with a medium build and a thin mustache visible through the mouth of his ski mask. Police reported he was wearing a dark, baggy windbreaker and dark blue jogging pants.

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