A man robbed the In-N-Out Burger at 1159 Rengstorff Ave. at about 8:35 p.m. on Sept. 15, police said. Witnesses said the man was carrying a very large handgun.
The man entered the fast-food restaurant near Costco, marched right around the counter and into the kitchen area, according to Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie. He then showed a cashier his weapon, which some witnesses said looked like an Uzi — an Israeli-made, automatic machine gun.
The robber demanded money from a nearby register and from the store's safe, Wylie said. The store manager, who was on site at the time of the robbery, complied with the man, described as a medium height Hispanic male in his middle to late 20s, about 180 pounds, wearing black shorts and a black hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled up tight around his face.
The man fled the restaurant with less than $1,000 in cash and got into the passenger side of a gray four-door car with tinted windows, which drove off on Charleston Road toward Highway 101, Wylie said.
Wylie said it is unclear whether the gun was actually an Uzi, as witness reports vary. However, all who were interviewed by police that saw the gun described it as a black, hand-held weapon, somewhere between 12 and 14 inches long.
Police are working to obtain security footage from In-N-Out Burger, Wylie said. No one was hurt in the robbery.