Posted: 9:15 p.m.
Yuma police are looking for two men who they believe were involved in three armed robberies in a matter of one hour.
The first armed robbery happened Tuesday around 9:30 p.m.
A man wearing a black ski mask armed with a small handgun tried to enter the Tacos Mi Rancho restaurant on 4th Ave., according to police.
But the man took off on foot without any money when an employee scared him off.
About 20 minutes later, a second Yuma business was robbed--this time, the suspect was armed with a shotgun.
A man with a similar description demanded money and a bottle of alcohol from a clerk at the CMS Market on 8th St., police said.
Just 40 minutes later, a man robbed the R.C. Liquor store on 24th St.
Again, a man wearing a black ski mask demanded cash and booze.
He is described as a White or Hispanic male, wearing a black ski mask, around 5'10" with a medium build, a light complexion and with longer dark hair, and weighing about 180 lbs.
Witnesses told police that they saw a second man waiting outside one of the businesses.
His alleged accomplice is described as a Hispanic man in his 20s, about 5'8" to 5'10", with a moustache and black shoulder-length hair, also weighing about 180 lbs.
News 11 visited each of the businesses, and at each location, employees were not willing to speak on camera.
However, they told News 11 that last night's crimes scared them.
When asked if they have received any kind of instructions or training from their employers on what to do in case of a robbery, they said no.
If you have any information on these armed robberies, you are asked to call the Yuma Police Department at (928) 373-4700 or 78-CRIME to remain anonymous.