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Armed robber holds up gas station

Investigators release photo of wanted man

A gas station clerk came face to face with an armed man who fled with money in a Tuesday night robbery on San Antonio Road in Palo Alto. Police are seeking information that will lead to an arrest.

Police are looking for the man seen in this surveillance photo for an armed robbery at the 76 gas station on San Antonio Road in Palo Alto on Feb. 9. Courtesy Palo Alto Police Department.

Officers responded to a call on Feb. 9 at about 9:15 p.m. regarding the armed robbery, which occurred at the gas station at 835 San Antonio Road at East Charleston Road, according to a press release issued Tuesday. They learned a man had approached the clerk, a man in his 50s, pointed a silver or white handgun at him and demanded money from the cash register. The clerk complied and the gunman fled west on East Charleston Road.

The clerk was not physically injured, police said. Officers were not able to locate the gunman.

The robber is described as a thin-built man who is about 25 years old, roughly 5 feet 7 inches tall and of unknown race. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, a red face covering and light-colored jeans.

Anyone with information about the 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.

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Armed robber holds up gas station

Investigators release photo of wanted man

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Thu, Feb 11, 2021, 11:12 am
Updated: Thu, Feb 11, 2021, 5:11 pm

A gas station clerk came face to face with an armed man who fled with money in a Tuesday night robbery on San Antonio Road in Palo Alto. Police are seeking information that will lead to an arrest.

Officers responded to a call on Feb. 9 at about 9:15 p.m. regarding the armed robbery, which occurred at the gas station at 835 San Antonio Road at East Charleston Road, according to a press release issued Tuesday. They learned a man had approached the clerk, a man in his 50s, pointed a silver or white handgun at him and demanded money from the cash register. The clerk complied and the gunman fled west on East Charleston Road.

The clerk was not physically injured, police said. Officers were not able to locate the gunman.

The robber is described as a thin-built man who is about 25 years old, roughly 5 feet 7 inches tall and of unknown race. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, a red face covering and light-colored jeans.

Anyone with information about the 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.

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Jennifer
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another community
on Feb 11, 2021 at 12:00 pm
Jennifer, another community
Registered user
on Feb 11, 2021 at 12:00 pm

I hope he's caught, but the photo doesn't help. If he's "thin-built" you can't tell with a wide shot. At least he complied and no one was hurt.


Jim Philbin
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another community
on Feb 11, 2021 at 1:54 pm
Jim Philbin, another community
Registered user
on Feb 11, 2021 at 1:54 pm

Not much potential cash at a gas station given that most folks pay with credit card or phone app.

Not worth the risk of jail/prison time if caught and convicted.

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Mary
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College Terrace
on Feb 11, 2021 at 2:26 pm
Mary, College Terrace
Registered user
on Feb 11, 2021 at 2:26 pm

That's not a 76 gas station at that location. It used to be a Union 76 station, but it's been the Palo Alto Gas and Smog station for a few years. Nice reporting.

Moderator response:
The Palo Alto Police described the station as a 76 station in its news release. Thanks for correcting the error. Web Link


Genevieve
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Barron Park
on Feb 11, 2021 at 4:07 pm
Genevieve, Barron Park
Registered user
on Feb 11, 2021 at 4:07 pm

Why do such horrible things like this have to happen?

Couldn't the young man simply have purchased some gas and maybe a snack and then left like most customers?


Whatever
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Adobe-Meadow
on Feb 11, 2021 at 4:16 pm
Whatever, Adobe-Meadow
Registered user
on Feb 11, 2021 at 4:16 pm

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