Gas station armed robbery prompts search; suspect not located

June 27, 2012
Santa Paula Police Department

An early morning armed robbery of an area gas station prompted a wide search by Santa Paula Police Sunday morning, but they were unable to locate the suspect.

According to SPPD Sgt. Cody Madison, the incident occurred Sunday, June 24 when at approximately 5:03 a.m. officers responded to the Texaco gas station, located at 206 E. Harvard Blvd., for the report of an armed robbery. Madison said the male suspect entered the business, located at the corner of Palm Avenue, brandishing a “large knife” and demanded money from the female clerk who was alone in the gas station’s convenience store. 

“He took some money and then took off,” fleeing on foot while heading east through the parking lot with an unknown amount of cash. Madison said the suspect was described as a male with a thin build approximately 5 foot 11 inches tall, “wearing unknown clothing.”

The area was checked by officers from the SPPD as well as K-9 deputies from the Ventura County Sheriffs Department. Madison said law enforcement personnel were “out there searching until about 11 a.m. However,” added Madison, “they did not locate the suspect. At this time the investigation is ongoing.”

If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact Detective Paul Spencer at 805-525-4474 Ext 221. If the caller would prefer to remain anonymous, they can call the SPPD recorded Tip Hotline, 933-4253-1-#.

Those with information can also call Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477).Ventura County Crime Stoppers can also be contacted by texting “Busted” plus your message to CRIMES (274637). Crime Stopper Tips can also be sent via the website, Tipsters can be eligible to receive a $1,000 reward.

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