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HANFORD — Three men and one juvenile were arrested Tuesday after robbing a Hanford gas station, police officials said.

Around 11:20 a.m., Hanford Police officers said they responded to a report of a robbery at Sinclair’s Gas Station, located in the 700 block of East Lacey Boulevard.

Upon arrival, police said they learned two males entered the store and stormed the register area. They said the clerk got out of the way and the two men opened the cash register and took money.

Officials said both men, who had their faces covered, fled out the front door and south through an open field after taking the money.

A witness in the area saw the two men get into a waiting silver vehicle located on Sixth Street just east of 10th Avenue, officers said. The witness was able to provide a partial plate of the vehicle to officers as they were searching the area.

Authorities said the information was sent out to surrounding law enforcement agencies in a “be on the lookout” report. A short time later, officials said deputies with the Kings County Sheriff’s Office spotted the suspected vehicle near 10th and Houston avenues.

The vehicle was stopped by law enforcement and the four people inside were detained, officials said.

The four males in the vehicle were identified as 19-year-old Manuel Herrera, 18-year-old Rene Lombera, 22-year-old Anthony Reyes and a 16-year-old juvenile. Police said Lombera and the juvenile initially lied about their names to conceal their identities.

A lineup was completed and police said the two suspects who had entered the store were positively identified as Reyes and Herrera.

Officers said cursory search of the vehicle was also done and items linking all four men to the crime were located inside the vehicle along with the stolen money.

Officials later determined that all four suspects had conspired to commit the robbery, with two entering the store and the other two serving as lookouts and a getaway driver.

Reyes and Herrera were both booked into Kings County Jail for criminal conspiracy and robbery, while Lombera was booked for criminal conspiracy, robbery and false impersonation. The male juvenile was also booked into the Kings County Juvenile Center for criminal conspiracy, robbery and false impersonation.

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