7-Eleven armed robbers sought; witness first thought it was a ‘joke’

Posted at 7:22 PM, Aug 20, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-21 13:32:34-04

WEST VALLEY CITY – Police are searching for two men caught on video robbing a West Valley City 7-Eleven convenience store at gunpoint.

The crime was caught on camera.

Police officials said two men walked into a 7-Eleven at 6400 West and 4100 South Tuesday night and demanded money as one of the men displayed a handgun.

Surveillance footage from the incident shows three customers in the store before the suspects enter. Two of those customers hurry out of the store when the robbery begins while the third takes a step back and watches as the crime unfolds.

Fox 13 spoke with the man wearing the red shirt in the video. Tyler Showell said he and the store clerk asked the robbers if the hold-up was a joke when they first came in. But it quickly became clear the gun was real and the robbers were serious.

Showell said he paid for a drink and cigarettes right before the robbery and, after the robbers had left, jokingly asked the store clerk if he still needed to pay.

Police said one suspect was a Caucasian man and the other an Asian man. Both men appeared to be in their mid-20s and were wearing blue T-shirts and blue jeans. The pair fled in a 1980s model Ford pickup truck described as red, white or tan.

Anyone with information about the suspects or the robbery is asked to call West Valley City police at (801) 840-4000.