Gas station robber strikes again

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A Kearny Mesa gas station has been robbed in what may have been the fifth gas station robbery by the same gunman, police said today.

The Shell gas station in the 7700 block of Clairemont Mesa Boulevard was robbed shortly before 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, said San Diego police Officer Dino Delimitros.

A white man in his fifties who wore a blue hoodie struggled with a clerk during the robbery, then fled with an undisclosed amount of cash in a dark sedan driven by someone else, Delimitros said. The clerk was not injured in the scuffle.

Earlier Tuesday, police said four gas station robberies between Saturday and Monday were part of a series of armed holdups.

Just before 10:30 p.m. Monday, a man stole cash and cigarettes from the United Oil gas station at 3860 Governor Drive in University City.

On Sunday, the same bandit robbed two gas stations within a three-hour period, SDPD public affairs Lt. Andra Brown said. The first heist occurred about 7:15 p.m. at the Arco gas station at 6404 Mission Gorge Road in Grantville, and the second around 10 p.m. at the am/pm convenience store at an Arco station at 8820 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. in Kearny Mesa.

About 10:30 p.m. Saturday, the thief struck at a station in the 3700 Murphy Canyon Road in Kearny Mesa, Brown said.

According to the victims and surveillance-camera images, the robber is white, in his 40s or 50s, 5 feet 7 inches to 6 feet tall, with a medium to heavy build and red or auburn hair and beard, possibly flecked with gray.

During at least one holdup, the bandit wore a dark jacket or hooded sweatshirt with the word “Viejas” on the front along with jeans and a baseball cap. He displayed a black handgun in each case, Brown said.

Police asked anyone with information about the crimes to call the SDPD Robbery Unit at (619) 531-2299.

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