A gunman took a cash register filled with about $1,500 to $2,000 in cash from a Santa Ana liquor store early Wednesday following a struggle with the store's clerk, police said.
The clerk was not injured during the robbery, which was reported at 12:20 a.m. at Valley Liquors at 2429 W. Edinger Ave., said Santa Ana police Cmdr. Matt Sorenson. At least two customers were in the store.
The clerk told police the suspect entered the store and pointed a small black handgun at him and demanded money. A struggle ensued between the clerk and the suspect, who ripped the cash register from the counter after failing to open it.
The suspect also took an unknown amount of lottery tickets, Sorenson said. Police said the lottery tickets could lead to a suspect if he tries to claim them.
A detailed description of the suspect was not immediately available.
NBC4's Toni Guinyard contributed to this report.