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Pleasanton Weekly

News - September 20, 2013

Valley Avenue 7-Eleven store robbed

Suspect tried to lock clerk in cold room before taking money from cash register, fleeing

by Glenn Wohltmann

The 7-Eleven store on Valley Avenue near Santa Rita Road was robbed early Friday morning by a man who threatened the lone store clerk, leaped over the counter and grabbed an undetermined amount of money from the cash register.

Pleasanton police Officer Ted Young said the robber entered the 24-hour-operating store through the front door at about 1:45 a.m. on Sept. 13. When the single employee on duty entered the beverage cold room, the suspect, wearing a mask and gloves, tried unsuccessfully to lock the clerk inside. The man then climbed over the counter and forced the cash register open by hand and took a small amount of cash.

When the employee came out of the cold room, he saw the suspect taking the cash, but did not confront the robber. The suspect fled the store on foot, heading west on Valley Avenue, Young said.

Good quality video obtained by the store's surveillance system shows the suspect as a likely Hispanic male, 5 feet, 6 inches to 5 feet, 7 inches tall, weighing about 220 pounds. He was wearing a black mask, gloves, a white T-shirt, tan shorts and white athletic shoes. No weapon was seen and the clerk was not injured.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Pleasanton Police Department at 931-5100.

It's the second time in about less than two years that store has been robbed. On Friday, Feb. 17, 2012 at around 11 p.m., two women and a man held up the store.

"A lone clerk was in back, stocking the shelves. Three suspects entered, one male and two females -- usually you don't see that," Sgt. Kurt Schlehuber said at the time. He said the male and one of the females were armed with black pistols.

The male, Schlehuber said, "pointed the handgun at the clerk and demanded money, so the clerk gave him money. The two females began to gather cartons and individual packs of cigarettes."

The three were identified as a black male with a slim build, 5 feet 5 to 5 feet 7 inches tall, with a thin white or Hispanic female, 5 feet 6 to 5 feet 8 inches tall, and a heavyset black female, 5 feet 3 to 5 feet 5 inches tall. The black female was armed.

A pack of cigarettes that may have been taken from the 7-Eleven was found at an apartment complex near the store, and a witness spotted the three leave, Schlehuber said.

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