A bandana-wearing man robbed the 7-Eleven store in Midtown Palo Alto of money at gunpoint early Wednesday morning, triggering a neighborhood search that turned out fruitless, police said.
Officers were dispatched to the store at 708 Colorado Ave. just east of Middlefield Road at about 12:20 a.m. in response to an armed robbery that had just taken place, police said in a press release issued Wednesday night.
A male store employee in his 20s was mopping the floor when the robber walked inside, displayed a semi-automatic handgun covered by his clothing and demanded money from the cash register, police said. Once the armed man got hold of the money, he ran east on Colorado Avenue. The press release didn't indicate how much money was stolen.
Police officers searched the area with help from a Mountain View police K-9 but were unable to locate the robber, according to the press release.
The robber is described as a thin-built man in his 20s and about 5 feet 7 inches tall. Police don't know the man's race. He wore a black-hooded sweatshirt with the hood up, black pants, red shoes, purple gloves and a red bandana that covered his face, the press release stated.
Investigators have released an image of the thief obtained from the store's surveillance system. They are looking into whether the armed man is connected to other robberies in the area, police said.
Anyone with information about Wednesday's armed robbery is asked to call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to [email protected] or sent by text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the police's free mobile app, downloadable at bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.