Danville Express

Community Pulse - June 8, 2007

Robbers hold Alamo gas station clerk at gunpoint

Two serial robbers held a clerk at gunpoint, demanded cash, then ordered him to the floor last week at the Shell gas station on Danville Boulevard and Stone Valley Road in Alamo.

The suspects, who had robbed a Chevron clerk in San Ramon about 45 minutes before, parked their vehicle on a nearby side street and made off on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. They then fled onto the freeway at 3:30 p.m., Friday, May 25, in what officers believe to be a late 1990s white GMC extra cab truck.

"They walked in like regular customers and left very quickly," said Alamo Deputy Elmer Glasser.

An officer was parked at a business across the street, but the suspects did not see him and he did not see the suspects, Glasser said. After receiving a call, police responded in minutes, setting up a perimeter search of the area.

Police say the suspects were in their 20s, black and Hispanic males, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches, wearing black hooded sweatshirts and jeans. They used a handgun and are believed to have committed numerous Bay Area robberies.

Robberies are common in businesses close to the freeway because it offers a quick escape route, Glasser said. Surveillance cameras are crucial for these businesses, he said, along with employee knowledge of what to do.

"In a situation like this, not being a hero but being a great witness is the best thing you can do for community safety and your own safety," Glasser said.

Witnesses are urged to stay calm, follow directions and note the criminal's description.

"You can always go back and redeem money through insurance, but if someone gets hurt or killed, you can't get that person back," Glasser said.

The suspects were caught on camera and the case is under investigation at a county level.

-Natalie O'Neill

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