Shocking video shows armed robbery in Tulare County

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In the very clear surveillance video of the suspects, they walked into the Family Market in Ivanhoe.

It was 7.30 pm Wednesday night inside the Family Market in Ivanhoe.

The owner says he was taking a break, getting ready to make a call -- when three masked men with a sawed-off shotgun barged in.

The owner didn't want to talk on camera -- but described to us the terrifying moments that followed.

He says the three men spread themselves throughout the store.

One raided the beer aisle, another held him at gunpoint, while a third cleared the cash register and other easily accessible merchandise.

"What hits home with this particular one is that Ivanhoe is a small community. This is not a Target, a Walgreens, or a Rite-Aid, not that it's okay to rob those places. This is a mom-and-pop shop," said Ashley Ritchie from the Tulare County Sheriff's Office.

The officer says it was incredibly fortunate no other customers walked inside.

"You would think that getting away with a little bit of cash and a 6 pack of beer isn't worth the risk they are taking."

A few months ago, a 99 cent store a block away was also robbed.

Deputies were able to quickly make two arrests.

In a close-knit town like Ivanhoe, customers say it's only a matter of time before someone identifies these robbers too.
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