A man washing his car Saturday night turned down an offer to buy a car stereo then was robbed by the seller, Watsonville police reported.
Ninety minutes later, a lone gunman robbed the on South Green Valley Road. Police have not said if the two robberies were connected but the descriptions of the two robbers didn't match up.
The first robbery occurred around 9:49 p.m. at Blanca Car Wash, 1520 Freedom Blvd. A man was washing his car when another man, described as being in his 20s, approached him and offered to sell a car stereo. When the man washing his car declined, the second produced a handgun and demanded the man's wallet, police reported.
The robber got away with the wallet and an undisclosed amount of cash, police said. He was described as a Latino man with light complexion in his 20s with a thin mustache, about 5 feet, 6 inches tall and 160-170 pounds. He was wearing a black baseball cap and brown long-sleeved shirt. The gun was silver or chrome and the robber sped off in a silver/gray early to mid-2000s four-door Nissan sedan.
The second robbery happened around 11:26 p.m. at the Subway, 1063 S. Green Valley Rd. Two employees told police that a masked robber came into the store and held up a note demanding cash. They didn't see a weapon, but feared for their safety and turned over an undisclosed amount of money, police said.
The robber fled the business on foot and was last seen running to the rear of the shopping center, police said. He was described at Latino and 5 feet, 7 inches to 5 feet, 11 inches tall with a medium build. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, black mask, white shoes and black gloves, police said.
In both cases, officers searched unsuccessfully for the robbers. They ask that anyone with information about either robbery to contact the Investigation Division at (831) 768-3350 or the Crime Tip Line at (831) 768-3544.