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Three masked men rob Midtown 7-Eleven

Three masked men, one of whom was carrying a rifle or shotgun, robbed the 7-Eleven in Midtown Palo Alto early Tuesday morning, punching the clerk and escaping with his wallet and money from the register.

Officers responding to the scene at 708 Colorado Ave. were unable to locate the suspects, who entered the store at around 2:20 a.m., pointed the gun at the clerk and demanded money, according to police.

The clerk, a man in his 40s, complied and gave the men the money from the register. One of the men then punched him in the face and took his wallet while the other two stole miscellaneous items from the store before fleeing on foot, police stated.

The main robber was a 270-pound, 6-foot-3-inch-tall male, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, black gloves and a white mask. He was bearing a long-barrel firearm, police stated. The second suspect was a 180-pound, 5-foot-11-inch-tall male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with stripes on the shoulders and sleeves, black pants, black gloves and a white mask. The third suspect was a light-skinned male about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 180 pounds. He was wearing a gray jacket, black pants and a black mask. Police say there was no suspect vehicle seen.

Since the robbers' faces were obscured by masks, there will be no sketches.

The same 7-Eleven convenience store was last robbed on June 12, by a single masked suspect armed with a handgun. That case has not yet been solved. Detectives do not know if the two robberies are connected. Anyone with information about either case is asked to call the 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to paloalto@tipnow.org or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 15, 2013 at 9:44 pm

This 7-11 has been hit regularly. There must be a reason why it happens so regularly? Are there any other convenience stores in the area that has been hit so often?


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Posted by Mr.Recycle
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 15, 2013 at 9:50 pm

@Resident - It is the only convenience store in the area, which is why it gets robbed all the time. The city should shut it down, or close for the night. Someone is going to get killed there eventually.


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Posted by YT
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 16, 2013 at 4:57 am

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Posted by Gloria
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 16, 2013 at 10:43 am

Wow, YT, compassionate much?


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Posted by Joinpa
a resident of Community Center
on Oct 16, 2013 at 10:52 am

YT - So they are in the TOP 10 MOST DANGEROUS JOBS IN THE US, are there only 11 job titles in the US? Are you missing the point? As in, the job IS dangerous. It would make sense that police arrive AFTER the criminal is gone if the victim calls AFTER being victimized.

I guess you will never have the need to call 911, seeing how you clearly know what goes on in the daily lives of a police officer.


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Posted by Wow
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 16, 2013 at 11:03 am

Thank GOD the clerk is OK. I know times are tough right now, but I don't think giving these people education, jobs, housing, assistance, will make a difference. It's the mindset and it's the younger generation most times. What is wrong with this generation of kids? What is different now? THE MINDSET! I wish there were enough resources to have armed guards at these places in the wee hours of the morning. What a shame, but again thank GOD the clerk is OK, it could have gone in a different direction.


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Posted by zuppie
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 16, 2013 at 11:10 am

WOW how OLD are you? People having been blaming "the younger generation" since the beginning of time. There are bigger issues at play here. Your suggestion of adding more guns to the mix, will only lead to more shootings. You have interesting philosophy on education. It's more like the need for EQUAL education.


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Posted by Wow
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 16, 2013 at 11:38 am

@ zuppie - If we were allowed to arm ourselves I'm 100% sure it would detour most robbery/burglary crimes. Why not be able to defend yourself/business? I SAID I don't think education will help these people, not that they shouldn't go after it. Education is available to all of us and I bet if they had any, they would not choose robbing folks over a good paying job. Why isn't there EQUAL education? Even Stanford University offers FREE online courses. You can get Gov't grants if you cannot afford education. Where have you been? How old are you? These statements are my opinion and I have a right to MY OPINION. Yes, I say "younger generation" because the majority of them are in the range of 15 - 30 years old and in my generation (1960's & 1970's) growing up it didn't seem there was as much crime...but maybe just not enough media/social sharing of them. Again, MY OPINION!


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Posted by Colorado Ave Resident
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 16, 2013 at 11:47 am

Let's be frank. The 7-11 is an eyesore and safety hazzard that adds nothing to the Midtown neighborhood. Safeway a few hundred feet away is open around the clock. While I have patronized the store occasionally, the fact is, closing it down would be a net positive for the neighborhood. The interesting queston is whether there is anything the city can do to proactively force them out....


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Posted by Joe
a resident of Barron Park
on Oct 16, 2013 at 11:55 am

> The main robber was a 270-pound, 6-foot-3-inch-tall male

What the heck is "the main robber"? Couldn't the author come up with a better way to paraphrase the PAPD's "primary suspect" in the original press release?

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Ms Dremann wrote this, didn't she?


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Posted by Blame the victim
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 16, 2013 at 11:56 am

Colorado Avenue resident--by all means, lets blame the victim here. The 7-11 in Midtowns serves an important purpose and is not a safety hazard or an eyesore. Closing it down would be big negative for the neighborhood. Why would the city try to force them out? Are they violating any laws???
If your house was robbed a couple of times, can we force you out?


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Posted by D Marie
a resident of South of Midtown
on Oct 16, 2013 at 12:15 pm

I'm not sure how much money 7 elevens have at a given time, but splitting whatever money with 3 people doesn't seem like a good plan to me!!
#justsaying #amIgreedy

I'm glad the clerk is okay and just complied... There's no way he could've fought off 3 armed robbers.
@WOW: I agree that we should be able to carry guns to defend ourselves and our businesses. Guns laws need to be changed. I doubt that's gonna happen though.
@Colorado Resident: That store gets enough service that I don't think it's at all a good idea to remove it. It's a CONVENIENCE thing and I am a regular patron :)


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Mountain View
on Oct 16, 2013 at 12:23 pm

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Posted by Palo Parent
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Oct 16, 2013 at 12:42 pm

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Posted by Trucknman
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 16, 2013 at 1:26 pm

One suspect was a light-skinned male? The other two? How can the community help solve/end this kind of action if we can't even mention an accurate description for fear of offending people.


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Posted by Mr.Recycle
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 16, 2013 at 1:53 pm

@Blame the victim - What exactly is the important purpose that the 7-11 serves? Selling cigarettes and twinkies to meth heads at 4am?


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Posted by JeffB
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 16, 2013 at 2:05 pm

The Midtown 7-11 has been there for a long time, but may not need to remain open after 12. It's an important resource during typical business hours. I remember "old days" in Palo Alto, too, and 2:20am has never been a safe time of day in all of that time. At that time of day, it's almost a crime of convenience.


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Posted by Colorado Ave Resident
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 16, 2013 at 2:29 pm

"The 7-11 in Midtowns serves an important purpose."

What, selling cigs, lottery tickets, jerky, Doritos, Slurpies and beer? Providing a handy target for armed robbers who happen to be in Midtown?

We don't need them. We don't want them. We'd be better off without them.

On behalf of my fellow residents of Midtown, let me say, 7-11, please leave.


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Posted by member
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 16, 2013 at 2:31 pm

The 7/11 is one of the most normal things we have here. There have been robberies at Stanford Shopping Center, should we shut them down as well?


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Oct 16, 2013 at 2:36 pm

What purpose does a canary serve in a coal mine? That 7-11 is our barometer!


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Posted by Blame the victim
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 16, 2013 at 2:37 pm

"What, selling cigs, lottery tickets, jerky, Doritos, Slurpies and beer?"
Exactly. Do you have a problem with people buying those items. 7-11 provides a needed service.

"Providing a handy target for armed robbers who happen to be in Midtown? "
So if the Sfaeway and subway in midtown were held up, you would want them closed as well.

"On behalf of my fellow residents of Midtown, let me say, 7-11, please leave. "
Which fellow residents of Midtown? I live in Midtown, but you are not speaking for me.

But if you feel so strongly, go before the council and demand that the 7-11 be closed (it's owner deprived of his place of business and his workers deprived of their jobs). I'll be waiting to see you in council chambers


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Posted by Midtown
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 16, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Having everyone armed with guns has worked out great in Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq. Guns are not the answer. In all of Britain where there are very strict gun control laws less people die of gun violence in a year than in Oakland in several weeks. More guns equal more dead people.


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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 16, 2013 at 3:11 pm

> The clerk, a man in his 40s, complied and gave the men the money from the register. One of the men then punched him in the face and took his wallet while the other two stole miscellaneous items from the store before fleeing on foot, police stated.

My sincere condolences to the clerk.

This is the first time I've heard of this 7-11 being robbed and anyone being hurt or personally robbed. And it is also the shortest interval between robberies I have heard about ... this 7-11 was robbed just a few months ago. I recall talking to one of the clerks about it. Anyone having a gun pointed at them is going to be traumatized enough, but then being hit in the face without a point is even worse.

I don't know why some here have to get nasty over this sad event and it is not the 7-11 that is the problem. It is up to the 7-11 whether or not they remain in business or not.

I don't recall reading about anyone ever being caught for these robberies and it just makes me sick. We have an outbreak of violent crime going on and the perpetrators are getting nastier and nastier. I am not sure guns or even a police response is the answer ... can you imagine a big gunfight between three gunmen and the police in Midtown in the middle of the night?

I am so amazed that the 7-11 has done nothing to deter these robberies, and really hope they do now that someone has been hurt. The police or the city ought to insist that something be done. The dirtbags who are doing this are getting emboldened by so many successes ... pretty soon will they start home invasions too.

Get on the job PAPD, and at least start putting some hidden cameras around the area to catch people walking by. Let's get a few successes by the police catching these dirtbags please.


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Posted by Wow
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 16, 2013 at 3:53 pm

@ Midtown - Imagine if all the criminals did not know if someone had a gun or not? Do you think they would think twice or just continue to do all of these robberies? MOST of them would think twice. There is no comparison to Iraq, this is USA, and I'm not saying everyone should have an assault rifle, just protection for themselves, their families and their businesses.

@ Crescent Park Anon - Home invasions are already happening. I agree, because they keep getting away with it, they continue to do it. Hidden cameras should be allowed and anyone that does not want them has something to hide. Forget invasion of privacy when there are lives at stake. Don't do embarrassing or criminal stuff and whatever is on the camera will make no difference. Just my OPINION!


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Posted by Social Butterfly
a resident of Green Acres
on Oct 16, 2013 at 4:08 pm

"THE THREE AMIGOS"..I hope they get what is coming to them...possible five to ten years in a prison...plus the law requires more "time" for prior troubles, which I am thinking the one with the gun may have......
Seems these guys watch too much tv and play too many violent video games. Did they really think that by robbing 7-11 that they were hitting a jackpot?? Split three ways, what a horrible joke on them. They obviously were desperate, taking along items off the shelves as they left. Looters to boot.
BTW~ Doesn't the 7-11 have video cameras connected in their store??? GOOD ones, and not just ONE. These should be used and placed in not just one area. They are a good deterent.


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Posted by Social Butterfly
a resident of Green Acres
on Oct 16, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Also, after so many robberies that other 7-11's have had in the past, you would think that the company would supply the stores with those alert systems that directly call the police by pushing a button...just like the ones that are advertised for the seniors "HELP, I CAN'T GET UP"...MORE like "HELP, I'M BEING HELD UP"..


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Posted by zuppie
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 16, 2013 at 4:55 pm

@Wow, the discrepancies in education start long before you get to the college level. I've been reading and respectfully have an informed opinion.


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Posted by JoAnn
a resident of Ventura
on Oct 16, 2013 at 5:46 pm

I used to live in Midtown and always chose Safeway over 7-11 if I needed something late at nite. Better prices, more people around. Of course, the Safeway has been robbed too.

If there were always 2 people in the store, one could be out front helping customers and the other in the back. Then if anything started going down, the backroom person could lock the door and call the cops. But 7-11 is probably too cheap to pay more than one person.


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Posted by stretch
a resident of another community
on Oct 16, 2013 at 8:36 pm

Why is this called 7-11 and open at 2 AM? When will there be a universal rule that no one gets in with a hoodie?


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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 16, 2013 at 8:42 pm

Stretch: When will there be a universal rule that no one gets in with a hoodie?

That is a good idea ... keep the door locked after 12am and refuse to allow anyone in who does not show their face to the camera to get buzzed in. In some places they build a bulletproof booth around the cashier ... but in that case these dirtbags would probably grab a customer as a hostage.

It's becoming really imperative that these thugs get caught and put away. Whatever it takes.


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Posted by Mr.Recycle
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 16, 2013 at 9:29 pm

@CrescentParkAnon. Let me quote two of your sentences:

"...it is not the 7-11 that is the problem"

"I am so amazed that the 7-11 has done nothing to deter these robberies..."

I am amazed as well, and I that's a big part of why the 7-11 is the problem. Not enough security, not enough surveillance equipment, and open too late. It is public nuisance, and doesn't serve any value that Safeway or Walgreens or CVS couldn't handle. It has been robbed at least twice a year for the last three years. Someone is eventually going to get killed. The city needs to crack down before it happens.

Lesson for the future: never let a convenience store open in your neighborhood. They always end up being creep magnets.


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Oct 16, 2013 at 9:51 pm

I googled 7 eleven robbery -- 1,180,000 results.

Bank robbery -- 88,300,000 results.

We'd better shut down all our banks then too. They always end up being creep magnets.


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Posted by Outside Observer
a resident of another community
on Oct 16, 2013 at 10:07 pm

@Midtown,

You are right, guns are not the answer.

Britain has a lower crime rate because Britain is not full of "Oaklanders", but we will never see a reduction of criminals here as long as they are used to support and expand the criminal justice industry.


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Posted by Mr.Recycle
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 17, 2013 at 11:45 am

If the Chase branch that is a around the corner from 7-11 was open 24 hours, got robbed twice a year, had no security, had insufficient video camera coverage, and had no alarm, they would be criminally negligent, and should be shut down too. Of course banks, unlike the 7-11, know they are a target and take a lot of care and precautions.

And really, do search hits count as statistics there days? Here is one for you

Justin Bieber: About 581,000,000 results (0.18 seconds)
The Beatles: About 206,000,000 results (0.27 seconds)

Therefore?


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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 17, 2013 at 11:47 am

> Justin Bieber: About 581,000,000 results (0.18 seconds)
> The Beatles: About 206,000,000 results (0.27 seconds)
> Therefore?

Google sucks! ;-)


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Posted by Jim
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 17, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Guns in the hands of the good guys ARE the answer.

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Posted by Blame the victim
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 17, 2013 at 12:11 pm

"they would be criminally negligent, and should be shut down too. "
The blame the victim crusade continues. So the store is robbed and they are criminally negligent??? What law did they break that makes them "criminally negligent"?? Such hysterical and baseless comments do nothing to address the fact that the 7-11 ws the victim.
But if you feel that they should be shut down, I suggest you go before the council with those demands. Make sure you have something to actually show that your demands are reasonable. I bet we will not see you in council chambers


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Posted by Geez
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 17, 2013 at 12:57 pm

So much for the "just comply" advice - the guy got punched in the face anyway. Who would do that except an idiot on drugs? Agree, the store should close at night. Perhaps 11:00 to 5AM be closed. As said above, nothing needed during those hours except Twinkies for meth addicts.


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Posted by Blame the victim
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 17, 2013 at 1:29 pm

"As said above, nothing needed during those hours except Twinkies for meth addicts."
And you know this how? have you spoken to the clerks at night or observed the customers? What about the night shift people who stop in for drinks/supplies etc??
Seems you are insulting those customers that stop in their late at night. Typical self-righteous Palo Alto drivel. Just running at the mouth with nonsense.


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Posted by laura f.
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 17, 2013 at 4:18 pm

I visit the midtown 7-11 daily to buy my newspapers.
The owner of the franchise is a very good, compassionate man and is horrified by the injuries his clerk received.
He would love to not be open at night because 1) its is dangerous and 2) he loses money.
But, his hands are tied: his contract with the 7-11 corporation requires the store to be open 24 hours each day.

The only way I can see to restrict the store hours (say 6 am to midnight) will be if there is a community denabd.
This is a community issue.
I'm willing to get such an effort started.
I would love to have some help.
Thanks.


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Posted by Not an issue
a resident of Community Center
on Oct 17, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Then we will have to demand that the Safeway and the Valero station also be closed at night. Any ther businesses open all night? We should also demand that ATM machines be turned off at night.


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Posted by Carrie
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 17, 2013 at 5:27 pm

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Posted by Ryan
a resident of Barron Park
on Oct 17, 2013 at 6:16 pm

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Oct 17, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Indeed, statistics are in the eye of the beholder. Here's a timely set:

"Yes on Measure D" "Palo Alto" -- About 15,300 results

"No on Measure D" "Palo Alto" -- About 24,900 results

Meanwhile at the 7-Eleven, will we ever find out how much the robbers got away with? If the news said $50,000 then there'd be a hundred more 7-11s robbed tonight. If it was $14.25 then what? Maybe that's the reason they punched the clerk and took his wallet. Next time for a better payoff they'll just jump random people they find on the street, and that's what should be worrisome here.

I've always felt safe in Midtown at any hour. And just marginally less so on El Camino or the downtown Caltrain Station. Should Palo Alto pass an ordinance that no resident may carry more than $20 cash in public after dark? We already have ordinances against setting foot in our city parks.


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Posted by Bru
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 21, 2013 at 12:50 am

Bru is a registered user.

>> When will there be a universal rule that no one gets in with a hoodie?

I like this idea a lot ... no one gets in after hours unless they say cheese to the camera. What did the cashier think when 3 hooded guys walk into the store.


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Posted by cat
a resident of Community Center
on Nov 5, 2013 at 1:00 pm

i was robbed at a 711 alarm was disconnected had me on midnites alone took a beating they knew alarm was disconnected was a corp. store manager never even ask if i was ok this was in a illinois store been off work since i think it is a shame how corp. handled it. did not fight robbers.i think they should treat employees with respect and pay for there mistake could have lost my life god bless all who work for this company


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Posted by HUTCH 7.62
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 5, 2013 at 8:20 pm

@Midtown,

You are right, guns are not the answer.

Britain has a lower crime rate because Britain is not full of "Oaklanders", but we will never see a reduction of criminals here as long as they are used to support and expand the criminal justice industry.

Actually Britain is not safer.

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