Police are searching for armed, masked robbers who robbed two men in two separate incidents in Garden Grove Monday night, police said. In one instance, the victim said the robbers wore "zombie masks."
The first robbery happened around 9:28 p.m. while a man sat in his car waiting for his girlfriend to get off work in the 14000 block of Euclid Street in Garden Grove, Garden Grove police said in a statement. The man told responding officers that two people wearing hooded sweatshirts and masks got into his car and robbed him at gunpoint.
They left with his iPhone 6 and other items, the victim told police.
About half an hour later, officers responded to another robbery report in the 13500 block of Shirley Street around 9:57 p.m.
A man told officers he used an app called OfferUp to buy an iPhone 7, said Sgt. Centeno of the Garden Grove Police Department. He arranged to meet the person selling the phone near Rosita Place and San Juan Place in Garden Grove around 9:45, and arrived with $600 in cash.
While he was speaking with the seller about the purchase, the man noticed three other people were standing behind him wearing dark clothing and "zombie masks," Garden Grove police said in a statement. Two of the people were holding handguns, and the third was holding a shotgun, the victim told police.
The masked robbers left, and the seller got away with the man's money and the iPhone. The seller was described as being in his late teens.
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Police did not know if the two robberies were related as of Tuesday morning, said Lt. Tom Da Re of the Garden Grove Police Department.
No one has been arrested in either robbery, but investigations of the two incidents are still ongoing.
Anyone with information about the robberies was encouraged to call Garden Grove police at 714-741-5704.