Another gas station is robbed today but this time the robbers walk away with about eight thousand dollars. It happened soon after seven this morning at the Shell gas station located on the corner of Saunders and Bartlett where the store manager was reportedly held at gun point. Reporter Carolina Garcia has more on our top story at six.
"They were hooded, they had ski masks, they were all wearing black." Store Manager Alberto Benavidez is describing the two men who held him at gun point on the ground while they robbed the store. He says it all happened too fast but the robbers walked in right when he was preparing his bank deposit. Once the manager was forced to be face down here on the floor we are told the robbers made their way to the safe and were able to retrieve just about eight thousand dollars. He said, "I got to my knees and they said no lay down lay down get down. while I was laying down they took all the money and took off." He also said he was more mad than he was afraid to see two men using a gun to walk away with the cash and unable to stop them. "They assaulted me and they stole my deposits, they pointed their gun at me, they said get on the ground." Police say the city is currently seeing a spike in this type of robbery..
Investigator Joe Baeza said, "If anything you see an increase in these robberies as well so you figure these people would learn from others mistakes but they are not."
Other robberies taking place in the last couple of days end with taking just a few bucks from the register. This time the suspects took about eight thousand dollars but Baeza says the city growing and that is part of the problem. Baeza stated, "As the city gets bigger we potentially face that possibility." Police investigate if the robbers in this case were familiar with the store specifically with the time the money is being counted. Carolina Garcia, Pro8news.
Benavidez says he could not recognize any of the men who robbed the store but says they appeared to be in their early twenties. If you have any information on this case you are urged to call the Police Department at 795-28-00.