Three masked men, one of whom was carrying a rifle or shotgun, robbed the 7-Eleven in Midtown Palo Alto early Tuesday morning, punching the clerk and escaping with his wallet and money from the register.
Officers responding to the scene at 708 Colorado Ave. were unable to locate the suspects, who entered the store at around 2:20 a.m., pointed the gun at the clerk and demanded money, according to police.
The clerk, a man in his 40s, complied and gave the men the money from the register. One of the men then punched him in the face and took his wallet while the other two stole miscellaneous items from the store before fleeing on foot, police stated.
The main robber was a 270-pound, 6-foot-3-inch-tall male, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, black gloves and a white mask. He was bearing a long-barrel firearm, police stated. The second suspect was a 180-pound, 5-foot-11-inch-tall male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with stripes on the shoulders and sleeves, black pants, black gloves and a white mask. The third suspect was a light-skinned male about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 180 pounds. He was wearing a gray jacket, black pants and a black mask. Police say there was no suspect vehicle seen.
Since the robbers' faces were obscured by masks, there will be no sketches.
The same 7-Eleven convenience store was last robbed on June 12, by a single masked suspect armed with a handgun. That case has not yet been solved. Detectives do not know if the two robberies are connected. Anyone with information about either case is asked to call the 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.