Taxi driver, business robbed in Los Banos

Police are investigating two robberies that occurred during the weekend.

It is unclear if the incidents are related.

According to Cmdr. Jason Hedden a taxi company called police at 8:35 p.m. Saturday to report that one of its drivers had been robbed.

Police said the taxi driver was called out to the 1100 block of Illinois Avenue where he was approached by at least four Latino males. Police said the driver was assaulted and his wallet was stolen.

The robbers were described as wearing black hooded sweatshirts. They were last seen running north on the 1100 block of Illinois Avenue.

A second incident occurred at 10:51 p.m. Saturday. Police said a business was robbed at gunpoint on the 800 block of West Pacheco Boulevard. Police said two Latino males entered the business, one with a gun, and demanded money. One of the males was described as wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and white gloves. The other was reportedly wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt. They both appeared to be in their late teens or early 20s, thin and between 5-feet-7 inches and 5-feet-5 inches tall.

“We encourage our citizens to be aware of their surroundings and call 911 if they observe suspicious activity,” Hedden said.

To leave an anonymous crime tip call (209) 827-7070 Ext. 288. If you have access to a computer and the Internet you can also leave an anonymous tip at the Police Department’s webpage at www.losbanos.org. At the bottom of the “Contact” page simply click on the “report graffiti and other crime” link or visit the Merced Area Crime Stoppers by telephone at 1-855-725-2420, or at www.mercedareacrimestoppers.org