According to reports, a masked man described as unshaven and in his twenties entered the Jamba Juice at 6:15 p.m., produced a gun and demanded money. The man then reportedly emptied three cash registers and fled the scene. No one was injured.
Ben Lomond residents Rory Wayne McGuigen, 31, and Joy Thirza Greenburg, 28, were named as suspects and later arrested in connection to the robbery.
Scotts Valley Police Department investigators discovered that a security camera of an adjacent business had captured the license plates of the alleged getaway vehicle during the getaway.
According to Lt. John Hohmann, Scotts Valley officers were en route to the suspects’ home at noon to await the approval of a warrant when they spotted the couple’s blue 2000 Honda Accord traveling on Highway 9.
Officers caught up to the suspects in Scotts Valley near the intersection of Carbonero Way and Scotts Valley Drive.
Both suspects were arrested in what officers called a “high risk” traffic stop because there had been a weapon involved in the robbery.
A search of the suspects’ home revealed a plastic replica of a semi-automatic handgun, ski mask, money bag and a jacket that reportedly matched that of the robber.
Police said the money stolen in the incident was not recovered and had already been spent.
Hohmann said that there was no evidence of any narcotics at the residence and described the crime as “out of desperation and need for money.”
Police also alleged that the couple’s two children, ages 4 and 1, were in the vehicle at the time of the robbery, as well as at the time of arrest.
McGuigen and Greenburg were booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail Wednesday on charges of second degree robbery, conspiracy to commit a crime and child endangerment. Bail was set at $50,000 each.
The children were released to the custody of Child Protective Services and placed in temporary foster care.
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