the Chevron gas station on East Dunne Avenue early Monday
Three masked men, all armed with some type of handgun, robbed the Chevron gas station on East Dunne Avenue early Monday morning.
It’s the fourth armed robbery since the beginning of November to date compared to three incidents last year between Nov. 1 and Jan. 15 of this year.
On Nov. 13, a lone gunman robbed the Residence Inn on Madrone Parkway, and on Oct. 20, masked gunman robbed the Courtyard Marriott on Madrone Parkway. A downtown convenience store was robbed at gunpoint on August 28.
Police are investigating the possibility that several of the incidents could be related.
According to Morgan Hill police Cmdr. David Swing, the suspects in Monday’s robbery, all wearing black clothing, black gloves and black masks, entered the store at approximately 2:45 a.m. and demanded money from the male clerk, a 46-year-old Morgan Hill resident.
Swing said the clerk gave them the money from the register, but was unable to open the safe as the men instructed him to do. One of the men then hit him, took the money from the register’s cash drawer and the clerk’s wallet and left the store. Police do not want to release details about how or with what the clerk was struck.
The clerk was treated at the scene for a minor injury and not transported to the hospital.
“It’s my experience that these types of crimes do increase during the holidays, unfortunately,” Swing said. “Some are what we would refer to as an inside job, with an employee facilitating the robbery, providing insight to suspects about the business. We are investigating each of the crimes with as many resources as possible, and we do have some leads.”