Owner was tied up with duct tape before fleeing

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FARMINGTON — The San Juan County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in identifying two armed suspects who allegedly robbed a Kirtland fireworks store Saturday night.

The incident took place at approximately 6 p.m. Saturday at Burnham Fireworks, 4226 U.S. Highway 64 in Kirtland, according to a press release from the Sheriff's Office. The two male suspects entered the business, tied up the owner with duct tape and stole the cash register, along with the owner's wallet and cell phone.

The owner attempted to flee and heard one gunshot before running next door to a Subway sandwich location. The restaurant employees called 911 and helped the fireworks store owner cut off the duct tape, the press release states.

Witnesses told authorities they saw two males –— one Native American or Hispanic and the other white — exit the fireworks business and drive east on U.S. Highway 64 in a silver Toyota pickup. A surveillance video obtained from the scene showed that the Native American or Hispanic male appeared to have short hair, sunglasses on his forehead, and a gray, long-sleeved shirt, blue jeans and black shoes. The white male appeared to have on tan shorts, and a red, flat-bill cap that looked as if it had UNM written on the front. He was dressed in a long-sleeved, striped shirt that was believed to red, black and white.

Anyone with information about the suspects has been asked to call nonemergency dispatch at 505-334-6622 and ask for a detective with the Sheriff's Office. Anyone who has information about the suspects and would like to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 505-334-8477.

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