Bandits in gorilla, monkey masks steal shoes from Fairfax boutique

Gorilla- and monkey-masked bandits target Melrose boutique, steal shoes

Two masked men -- one as a gorilla, the other as a monkey -- stole several pairs of Nike shoes from a Los Angeles boutique Thursday, police said.

Just before 1 p.m., the pair entered the store in the 7800 block of Melrose Avenue and waved handguns at a store employee, according to a statement from the Los Angeles Police Department.

The men absconded with several pairs of Nike Jordan women's shoes and fled in a late model, four-door gray Nissan Altima with paper license plates.

The robbery -- in broad daylight in the city's Fairfax District -- was recorded by surveillance video posted online by the LAPD.

Both suspects are described as African American or Latino and between 18 to 25 years old, police said. Each stands between 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-9 and weighs about 150 to 160 pounds, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Det. S. Loera in the department's Wilshire station at (213) 922-8216.

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