Armed robbery at 7-Eleven


Two armed men held up the 7-Eleven on Rengstorff Avenue on Monday, June 20, making off with the contents of the store's cash drawer, police said.

The clerk and two customers were in the store when the masked suspects entered, around 6:30 p.m., said Liz Wylie, spokeswoman for the Mountain View Police Department. One of the men, armed with a silver semi-automatic handgun, jumped the counter and pointed his weapon at the clerk, a 52-year-old San Jose resident. The other robber, armed with a black semi-automatic handgun, emptied the cash drawer and patted down the clerk, presumably looking for a wallet, Wylie said.

The two suspects fled with less than $500, heading east on Latham Avenue, she said. One of the customers witnessed the robbery; the other ran out of the store when he saw the suspects enter, Wylie said. Both suspects were wearing sweatshirts and jeans, and neither spoke with an accent, she said. One was about 6 feet tall, the other of average height, and both were of average build, said Wylie.

No one was injured in the robbery. Police used a canine unit from Sunnyvale to try to track the suspects, but in the heat and crowded conditions, the dog quickly lost the trail, Wylie said.


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Posted by PDX
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jun 23, 2011 at 2:39 pm

ready and waiting for guys like this.

I've got a short barrel 12ga with slugs and 00

Among other things.

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Posted by Thom
a resident of Jackson Park
on Jun 23, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Why bother printing this? Vague much? How about giving shop keepers a little description?

"neither spoke with an accent"
Everyone has an accent.

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Posted by Jesse
a resident of Castro City
on Jun 23, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Isn't this near the Day Worker Center?

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Posted by Litsa
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 24, 2011 at 8:43 am

Jesse - This is by Country Gourmet on Rengstorff and El Camino. The hood, basically.
My only surprise is, that it hasn't been robbed more times.

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Posted by PH
a resident of another community
on Jun 25, 2011 at 10:42 am

I live very close to this store, happen to know the owner and knew the previous one. This store is much nicer than the old owner kept it and the new owner is also much nicer. With that said, the neighborhood can be a crime ridden one, as can the area around the other 7-11 on Latham. It has always been the bad part of our city and the only way to fix it is for the good people around here to help the police keep an eye on it. We probably need an increased police presence as well, but even if you don't see them, they are sneaking around many times watching the bad guys. I had a friend who worked for the old owner for many years and the police would come by and take breaks there a lot. There were still problems even when the cops were around. We have to not tolerate people being criminals around us and give our police any help we can to get the crime rate down. They can't do it alone and have always asked us to help. Would you commit a crime with the cops around? Of course not. The average criminal won't either. Where do these people live? They aren't my friends and family or neighbors, but they are to someone. Don't let your friends and family be criminals. If they can't be good people, then sadly you need to turn them in to the police as they are only making life miserable for others. We can't afford to ignore crime because someone is a friend or family member and we don't want to get them in trouble. If we can't get them to behave, they don't deserve to have our friendship or family ties. They don't care enough about us to behave and there is no honor in turning a blind eye to their behavior. Let's all start at home with teaching good values and live the example. Put the good of your children first, teach them to be good people and they will be the change we need. It is the parents job first and not the system they move through, but if this doesn't happen, then the rest of us need to help our young people learn the right things. They won't end up criminals if we treat them well and give them the help they need to live a good life. Someone out there must be doing it right. We have lots of young people in our military who will tell you it is an honor to serve their country and this is at a time when most of us want nothing to do with it. Get together in your neighborhoods and get to be one big family who takes care of each other and looks out for the good of everyone. We can live with crime or make it go away, the choice is ours, not the police or politicians. They are there to help and we can help them, but it is up to us to decide how we want to live.

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