NAMPA – Sunday afternoon, it was business as usual at the Video Mexico on Caldwell Boulevard in Nampa, but earlier in the morning, police say the store was robbed.
Nampa Police Sergeant Curt Shankel said at 9:42 a.m. Sunday, two young Hispanic men walked into the store, pulled out guns and asked the store clerk to get on the ground.
“She did exactly what she should do," Shankel said of the clerk. "She followed their commands. She got on the ground."
The suspects are described as wearing dark hooded sweatshirts with the hoods up, sunglasses and bandannas across their faces. One suspect's sweatshirt had a crest on the right chest. The other suspect was wearing a sweatshirt with writing across the chest.
With their faces covered, the suspects then took merchandise and apparently money. Nampa Police are still compiling a list of stolen items.
“When people come into your business and hold you at gunpoint, you know, yelling at you, stealing whatever they steal, that has a very devastating emotional impact on that person,” said Shankel. “It can have a devastating effect on the employee that has to deal with that.”
Shankel also told KTVB this small, locally owned shop now has to find a way to financially cope with what was just stolen from them.
“It has an effect, one, on their livelihood," he said. "That is money out of their pocket. That is money they use to pay their employees."
Edgar Martinez lives in the trailer park directly behind Video Mexico and heard about the armed robbery from a friend. He visits the shop regularly and was shocked to hear it was robbed at gunpoint.
“It's just a surprise for everybody,” said Martinez. “I didn't believe him at first because it's quiet around here.”
Martinez can't help but wonder who would want to steal from Video Mexico.
“Everyone is good friends with the owner of the store,” he said. “Who would have something against nice people?”
Shankel is hoping someone will come forward with information that could help police find the robbery suspects.
“The store sits on Caldwell Boulevard which is lined with businesses," he said. "It has restaurants beside it. So there are a lot of people in the area.”
Police still aren’t sure if the two suspects fled on foot or in a car, so any details from the public would help in this investigation. If you have information, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.