Surveillance footage from an armed robbery at the Jack in a Box at Santa Monica and Lincoln boulevards (Photo courtesy SMPD)

Surveillance footage from an armed robbery at the Jack in a Box at Santa Monica and Lincoln boulevards (Photo courtesy SMPD)

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Santa Monica police officers were on the hunt Friday for three masked robbers who made off with an undisclosed amount of cash from a local Jack in the Box after forcing two employees and a customer into a walk-in freezer.
The armed robbery at 802 Santa Monica Blvd. was reported about 3:55 a.m. Tuesday, said Sgt. Richard Lewis, spokesman for the SMPD. When officers arrived they made contact with witnesses who told them that three men wearing ski masks came into the fast-food restaurant, one with a knife in hand, and ordered an employee and a customer into the freezer.
After grabbing the cash, a second employee was forced into the freezer and the suspects fled in a late model, gold-colored Chevy Suburban.
All three suspects were described as males, possibly Hispanic, standing around 5 feet, 7 inches to 5 feet, 10 inches tall with dark colored jackets, blue jeans and gloves.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is urged to contact detectives at (310) 458-8960 or the SMPD (24 hours) at (310) 458-8495.
Those wishing to remain anonymous can call WeTip at (800) 78-CRIME (27463), or submit the tip online at www.wetip.com. Tipsters will remain completely anonymous and can be eligible for a reward, up to $1,000. People can also contact Crime Stoppers by either calling (800) 222-TIPS, texting or by visiting their website at www.lacrimestoppers.org. Callers may remain anonymous and can qualify for a $1,000 reward.

kevinh@smdp.com