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Smoke shop robbery yields arrests

BB gun used to threaten manager of Millennium Smoke Shop
By: Nathan Donato-Weinstein | nathand@goldcountrymedia.com
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It didn’t take long for authorities to smoke out two men suspected of robbing an Auburn tobacco shop Wednesday afternoon. Eighteen-year-old Kevin Navarrette and Eduardo Heredia, 19, both of Placer County, were taken into custody at about 2:30 p.m. in Roseville on robbery charges. A half hour earlier, the two men had allegedly held up the manager of Millennium Smoke Shop at 13466 Lincoln Way, making off with an undisclosed amount of cash and products, including boxes of cigars, before fleeing in their vehicle, said Sheriff’s Sgt. Dennis Walsh. No injuries were reported. Wearing bandanas around their faces, the robbers allegedly pointed what appeared to be a gun at the manager during the holdup, Walsh said. The gun later turned out to be a BB gun – but was so realistic “you would not be able to tell the difference,” Walsh said. Sheriff’s deputies, police units from Rocklin and Roseville and a California Highway Patrol helicopter searched for the suspects’ vehicle, and within 15 minutes had spotted it traveling westbound on Interstate 80. Deputies stopped the car as it exited at Atlantic Street near Harding Boulevard in Roseville, and after a search arrested the men without incident, Walsh said. Two fresh cigar butts – presumably booty from the robbery -- were found in the car’s ashtray. Josh Agol, the manager of the shop, was the only one inside the store at the time. “They just came in with bandanas wrapped around their face like in an old Western and pulled out their gun and told me they wanted the money,” Agol said. He said the men took several boxes of cigars and a top-of-the-line vaporizer valued at more than $600 in addition to cash. “They just wanted the money and that was about it, but they took some personal souvenirs for themselves,” he said. He said the men "were not too organized. They didn't even know what they wanted to put the money in." Mugshots of the suspects were not available as of 5 p.m.