Pair with matching shirts robs auto parts store

One was a man, about 25 to 30 years old. The other was a woman, about the same age. Age was not all they had in common: They wore masks and identical shirts, and both carried pistols.

On Sunday evening, according to Takoma Park police, the two robbed a store in the 6300 block of New Hampshire Avenue.

Police said each robber wore a black-and-green long-sleeved shirt bearing the name of an automotive tire store chain: Just Tires. It was not clear if this was connected in any way to their holdup of a store that sells a variety of automotive items: Advance Auto Parts.

Police said that after entering the store, the two posed as customers. Then one brandished a pistol and ordered an employee into the manager’s office, where the worker was restrained with plastic handcuffs.

The robbers took money from cash drawers in the office and then ordered the manager to open the safe. Handcuffs were used on him as well, the police said.

During their time in the store, according to police, the robbers would take off their masks and then put them on again.

After demanding to be shown the store’s back door, they fled through it.

No serious injuries were reported.

The man was described as black, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a medium build. He had a shaved head and may have had a beard, police said. They said the man wore a Halloween-style gas mask.

The woman was described as black, 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-8, with a medium build. She wore her hair in a bun. She had a black knit ski mask, police said.

 
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