The clerk at Clyde's Liquors and Wine, at 239 W. El Camino Real, was returning a broom to the maintenance closet at around 7 p.m. when he saw the robber enter the store, according to Mountain View police spokeswoman, Liz Wylie. The clerk then locked himself in the closet until he no longer heard the gunman rustling around.
Police received a call at about 7:50 p.m.
Tapes obtained from security cameras showed the gunman attempting to open the locked cash drawer as well as some other drawers, Wylie said. When he was unable to do so, he snatched the hard drive out of a cabinet, grabbed the empty laptop case and fled.
The hard drive and laptop case are estimated to be worth about $140 together.
A witness who was riding by on a bicycle saw the robber jump over a fence on the south side of the liquor store, Wylie said. The suspect is about 6 feet tall and was wearing dark pants, a dark hooded sweatshirt and some kind of mask.