Woman Sought in "Skeleton-Masked" Robbery

Investigators noticed the same woman entered the store before both robberies

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    San Diego police
    The suspect and his alleged accomlice on Feb. 29, 2012.

    It appears the robbery suspect who likes to wear skeleton masks may have a friend who helps him commit the crimes.

    San Diego police officers are investigating two robberies that occurred within 48 hours at a Rancho Penasquitos convenience store.

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    To help find the suspect, officers have released images of a woman seen entering the store before each robbery. Investigators say the woman may have played a role in the robberies.

    On Wednesday, Feb. 29, a man wearing a skeleton mask and matching gloves walked into the Circle K on Paseo Montalban.

    After showing a handgun tucked in his waistband, he asked for money and cigarettes then left on foot officers said.

    Then on Thursday March 1, the same clerk was robbed by the same suspect wearing the same outfit.

    Just before each robbery, a woman described as Hispanic in her 30s with brown hair, blonde highlights pulled back in a ponytail, entered the store before the robbery suspect. She's about 5'5" with a medium to heavy build.

    At the time of the robberies she wore black Capri pants and a black nylon jacket with a red collar.

    The suspect wore all black and carried what seemed to be a semi-automatic gun. He is believed to be between 26-30 years old, measuring 5' 5" to 5' 8" and weighing approximately 180 lbs.

    Anyone with information about these robberies is encouraged to call the San Diego Police Department Robbery Unit at (619) 531-2299 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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