Little Caesars, the pizza chain known mainly for Crazy Bread and a cartoon mascot who mutters "pizza pizza," gained another reason for notoriety Monday night: Its El Cerrito location was the site of the shooting of an employee who was complying with a robbery.
According to the El Cerrito Police Department, two men stormed into the Little Caesars at 11299 San Pablo Avenue at 8:21 Monday night.
The miscreants "demanded money from an employee." She gave the men the dough without delay, but that apparently wasn't enough for them, as "one of the suspects, armed with a handgun, shot the employee," ECPD says.
Though there are surveillance cameras in the pizzeria, they might not be much help: El Cerrito police say that the robbers "entered the business with the hoods of their sweatshirts pulled over their faces." Nevertheless, police were able to gather witness statements who describe the men as Hispanic males in their 20's to 30's, wearing "dark clothing."
In this case, the suspects were last seen running across the Little Caesars parking lot, cash in hand, and remain at large at publication time. Given the proximity of the Little Caesars location to Interstate 80, officials say that the violent thieves could have fled in nearly any direction.
Citing an ongoing investigation, El Cerrito police declined to comment on why this specific business might have been targeted, or why the robber shot the woman, given that multiple witnesses say that she had already handed over the cash.
Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call ECPD at 510-215-4400 or the West Contra Costa County Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 510-799-8255.