Would-be robber thwarted when clerk flees

A local convenience store clerk thwarted an attempted armed robber by running away, according to a police report.

The clerk, who was working at the 7-Eleven at 276 N. Whisman Rd., told police that a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt, with a black bandana covering his face, entered the store shortly after 9:30 p.m. on March 16, according to Sgt. Sean Thompson, public information officer for the Mountain View Police Department. Fearing that the man was armed, the clerk immediately ran out the front door.

Security footage from the store shows the masked robber pointing what appears to be a black handgun at the clerk as he runs out of the store, Thompson said. After that, the would-be robber apparently left without taking anything.

Thompson said that the case struck him as unusual.

A couple at the store when police arrived told responding officers that they had witnessed a man with his face covered leaving the store as they were entering, Thompson said. The couple looked around the store and called out for the clerk; initially, there was no response. After police arrived, they found the clerk, who apparently had re-entered the store through a back door. He confirmed that nothing had been taken.

Police did not find the would-be robber, Thompson said.


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Posted by hamburglar
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Mar 20, 2013 at 6:22 am

The Rotten Robbie robberies (Rotten Robberies?) across the street over the summer had a similar description:
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Seems like a pretty choice location for a robbery, because 237 is just a few blocks away, along with many escape routes (Whisman has a lot of hiding places, and there's that kinda dense area of trees across the street, as well as the ability to run through the back parking lots of any of those businesses. And the police department is off of Shoreline.

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Posted by Old Ben
a resident of Shoreline West
on Mar 20, 2013 at 10:00 am

I wonder if it's that lunatic that lives in the laundromat there in that strip mall with his two huge dogs. A friend who lives over there had a very unpleasant encounter with that guy over the summer.

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