WEST VALLEY CITY — Police Tuesday were looking for suspects in a pair of armed robberies.

The first incident was was Friday at La Authentica, 2717 S. Redwood Road, just after 8:30 p.m. A Hispanic male in his mid- to late 20s walked into the store and announced he was robbing it, said West Valley Police Capt. Tom McLachlan.

Initially the clerk thought it was a joke, McLachlan said. But when the man pulled out a handgun he was given an undisclosed amount of cash and left. The man, who witnesses described as short and thin, was last seen wearing a blue jacket and jeans.

On Monday, two men entered a tuxedo store near 3600 West and 3500 South about noon. Both men, in their early to mid-20s, were wearing black coats, McLachlan said. One was wearing a black ski mask and the other a red bandanna over his face, he said.

Both men brandished handguns and demanded money. After taking some from the cash register, the men forced the clerk to go to the storage room upstairs and give them money from her purse, McLachlan said. She was forced to stay in the storage room until they left. The woman was not injured.

Anyone with information is urged to call police at 840-4000.