San Diego Police cruiser
A San Diego Police cruiser. Photo by Chris Stone

San Diego Police reported liquor store robberies in Normal Heights and El Cerrito on Monday night and took one suspect into custody.

The first robbery occurred around 10 p.m. when two suspects entered Twins Liquor at 3602 Meade Ave., brandished a gun and demanded cash from a register.

Police said the store clerk complied, giving the money from the cash register and a cell phone to the suspects. The clerk was not injured during the incident.

The second robbery occurred at 11 p.m. when three suspects entered the Keg N Bottle at 6060 El Cajon Blvd in El Cerrito.

Two of the suspects approached the counter, then one of them produced a handgun and demanded cash and the clerk’s shoes. The third suspect remained at the door as a lookout before the exchange, and then moved to fill a box with liquor bottles.

At this time, a customer walked into the store and alerted law enforcement that the store had been robbed. When police arrived, the suspects ran away, jumping a fence into a vacant lot toward 60th Street.

After surrounding the area, police apprehended the armed suspect, but could not locate the other two.

It was not immediately clear if the two robberies were related.

City News Service contributed to this article.

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.