THOUSAND OAKS ( — Authorities Wednesday sought the public’s help in identifying suspects wanted in two Ventura County Taco Bell robberies.

The first incident took place Dec. 3 at a Taco Bell restaurant located at 1928 E. Avenida de los Arboles in Thousand Oaks, the Ventura County Sherriff’s Department said.

Once the suspect ordered food, he “removed a hammer from inside his shorts and demanded money from the register,” Det. Todd Welty said.

He then fled the eatery with an undisclosed amount of money and got into a maroon Jeep Cherokee. As many as two additional suspects may have been inside the vehicle, according to authorities.

The second robbery occurred Monday at a Taco Bell on Moorpark Road.

This time, two suspects entered with restaurant and one ordered a drink.

“When the clerk opened the register, the second suspect stepped up to the counter, displayed a knife and demanded the money from the register,” Welty said.

They then fled the restaurant on foot.

Anyone with information about either of the robberies should contact Det. Welty at (805)494-8224 or Ventura County Crime Stoppers.

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