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Police are searching for two suspects in armed robbery of Midtown 7-Eleven

Two men with handguns held up clerk, taking cash and cigarettes Friday night, Palo Alto police say

Two images obtained via the surveillance system at the Midtown 7-Eleven shows two men who Palo Alto police say committed an armed robbery at the store on Aug. 7. Courtesy Palo Alto Police Department.

Police are searching for two suspects in the armed robbery Friday night of a convenience store in Midtown Palo Alto.

The clerk of a 7-Eleven store at 708 Colorado Ave. told police that the suspects entered the store shortly after 11 p.m. on Aug. 7, pointed handguns at him and forced him to open the cash register.

After the clerk complied, the suspects removed cash from the register, stole several packs of cigarettes and fled in a dark-colored SUV east on Colorado Avenue.

No one was injured and the suspects are still at-large, police said Saturday.

A second employee was also in the store, but there were no customers at the time of the robbery.

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The suspects are described as white or Hispanic males between 20 and 25 years old. Both were wearing face coverings, black jackets, and jeans. One suspect carried a silver handgun; the other carried a black handgun.

The store was previously robbed in April 2019. Police have not identified the suspect in that case, and have made no arrests.

Anyone with information about this incident 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.

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Police are searching for two suspects in armed robbery of Midtown 7-Eleven

Two men with handguns held up clerk, taking cash and cigarettes Friday night, Palo Alto police say

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Police are searching for two suspects in the armed robbery Friday night of a convenience store in Midtown Palo Alto.

The clerk of a 7-Eleven store at 708 Colorado Ave. told police that the suspects entered the store shortly after 11 p.m. on Aug. 7, pointed handguns at him and forced him to open the cash register.

After the clerk complied, the suspects removed cash from the register, stole several packs of cigarettes and fled in a dark-colored SUV east on Colorado Avenue.

No one was injured and the suspects are still at-large, police said Saturday.

A second employee was also in the store, but there were no customers at the time of the robbery.

The suspects are described as white or Hispanic males between 20 and 25 years old. Both were wearing face coverings, black jackets, and jeans. One suspect carried a silver handgun; the other carried a black handgun.

The store was previously robbed in April 2019. Police have not identified the suspect in that case, and have made no arrests.

Anyone with information about this incident 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.

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Nayeli
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Midtown
on Aug 8, 2020 at 9:32 pm
Nayeli, Midtown
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on Aug 8, 2020 at 9:32 pm
28 people like this

How frightening! Let's hope that these vile suspects left clues so that the good men and women of the Palo Alto Police Department can bring them to justice.


Midtown resident
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Midtown
on Aug 8, 2020 at 11:14 pm
Midtown resident, Midtown
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on Aug 8, 2020 at 11:14 pm
13 people like this

It seems like the 7-11 on Colorado has been a magnet for crime over the years. I'd be interested to the see crime stats over the last 5-10 years for the 7-11 and that little stretch of Colorado. I'd expect the disproportionate criminal activity here would warrant some unusual measures by Palo Alto police to tamp that down. Worst case those businesses that seem to be a magnet for crime need to move elsewhere.


Jennifer
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another community
on Aug 9, 2020 at 11:28 am
Jennifer, another community
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on Aug 9, 2020 at 11:28 am
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Any convenience store late at night is a magnet for crime, even in nice areas. A cash register, an easy exit and a few parking spaces -- they're gone. I hope they're caught.


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Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Aug 9, 2020 at 12:57 pm
Online Name, Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
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on Aug 9, 2020 at 12:57 pm
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The Midtown Walgreen's has also been robbed a few times and sported plywood for a surprisingly long time after the glass was broken. Easy access to 101.


Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
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Adobe-Meadow
on Aug 9, 2020 at 1:23 pm
Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, Adobe-Meadow
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on Aug 9, 2020 at 1:23 pm
16 people like this

Maybe we should mandate a store closure time - like 9 PM since the store is in residential location. If this area is subject to repeated crime issues then mandate that all stores close at a specific time and have police in the area at that time to "clear the decks" of all suspicious people. There have been people hanging around the parking lot of the Safeway which is in that location. Tis is going to effect the business of all stores in that location.


Pat Davis
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Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Aug 10, 2020 at 11:06 am
Pat Davis, Leland Manor/Garland Drive
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on Aug 10, 2020 at 11:06 am
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I agree that all Midtown stores should close at 9:00 pm for their employees’ safety and the safety of Midtown residents and Palo Alto in general. Thank God for our dedicated and hard working police force.


Anonymous
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Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 10, 2020 at 11:09 pm
Anonymous, Duveneck/St. Francis
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on Aug 10, 2020 at 11:09 pm
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Following the News over the years, it does seem hardened criminals target this place. Maybe greater defences are required to deter and catch criminals there.
What’s worse is the risk to everyone else (businesses, residents, passersby).
I don’t like this presenting a risk to the nice Midtown residential area. Criminals may speed off, endangering residents (or they may do worse).
These criminals are unlikely to be Palo Altans - and they must case places in advance - it’s systematic.
Time to get tough on criminals - oh, I forgot, California politicians are highly sympathetic to criminals.
See: high property crime rates, drug use, homeless attracted (especially to San Francisco, one city we DON’T want to emulate).
Bikes are reported stolen, catalytic converters stolen very frequently on NextDoor locally.
I suggest we make Palo Alto more unwelcoming to criminals.


Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
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Adobe-Meadow
on Aug 12, 2020 at 10:26 am
Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, Adobe-Meadow
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on Aug 12, 2020 at 10:26 am
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If people have not noticed there are apartment buildings directly behind the tiny shopping center and a lot of older people live there. They walk over to the Safeway. That area has a lot of vulnerable people living directly within a 1 block radius. Given the population mix in that area then they should close down at a reasonable hour and the police should cruise through periodically to check who is in the parking lots after hours. If the whole place is closed down than people in the parking lot will be obvious and people can call in if strange cars ae in the area. If the city cannot close up the crime activity in this area which has obvious problems then we are in trouble.


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Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Aug 12, 2020 at 10:47 am
Online Name, Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
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on Aug 12, 2020 at 10:47 am
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Not sure what the answer is or that closing the Midtown stores earlier is the answer because thieves can easily adjust their hours and/or simply drive their vehicles through store windows/doors in the middle of the night like they've done all over at Stanford Shopping Center, the former Maximart, the camera store in Menlo Park, in downtown Los Altos etc. etc.

With unemployment remaining high, homelessness rising and with thefts of bikes, catalytic converters etc. apparently soaring, it would seem that the police could patrol more often and make their presence known.

The stores could also hire guards. I was amazed at how long it took The Fist Market, for example, to do that when its parking lot was regularly targeted by thieves looking for rental cars who'd hit 8 or 10 cars a night.

Has there been any response from the police or City Hall?


Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
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Adobe-Meadow
on Aug 13, 2020 at 6:28 pm
Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, Adobe-Meadow
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on Aug 13, 2020 at 6:28 pm
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Reading the Dailey Post, 13 August Police Blotter 7-11 stores in all cities are targets for robberies - some with violent complications. Some are in commercial areas and some are in residential areas. Since this store is in Midtown then there should be a dictated closure time to try and reduce the road traffic directed at that store.

Reading the Police Blotter it indicates that catalytic converters from one end of the city to the other are under siege. They have to have this down to a quick grab. How can someone be under a car and no one notice. In any case autos and auto parts are all the rage now.

People - keep an eye out for your property.


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