A Thousand Oaks executive was robbed as he arrived at work Thursday morning by a gunman who took his briefcase and fled, Sheriff's Detective Joe Braga said.
Braga said that Lawrence Danter, 48, arrived at work about 7 a.m. at Weidmuller/Paladin Tools, in the 3500 block of Old Conejo Road. He is executive vice president of the Newbury Park company, which makes telephone and computer equipment, Braga said.
As Danter went to unlock the door, a man walked up, pointed a small-caliber semiautomatic pistol at him and told him in broken English to open the door, Braga said.
A second man drove up in a white, heavily rusted, full-size van with no rear license plate and spoke in Spanish to the first man, he said.