Masked man wanted for armed robbery at Summerville gas station

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Police have released images of a man who disguised himself and robbed a Summerville gas station clerk at gunpoint early Monday morning.

The armed robbery happened at Sonny's Citgo, on Trolley Road, just before 6 a.m., according to Summerville Police Department.

Police say that the store clerk was in the process of opening the store and was actually talking on the phone with her manager when she was approached by the perpetrator.

The clerk told police that as she was unlocking the door to the store, a masked man dressed in all black forced her away from the door at gunpoint and asked her how long the safe timer was.

The victim said that the man then told her he didn't want to kill her and escorted her inside.  Once inside, police say he forced the victim to open the register.  After retrieving the money, police say the burglar put the clerk inside of a storage room and left.

According to the report, the robber made out with approximately $250.

The victim told police that she believed the assailant was a black male, based on the way his voice sounded.  The clerk also said he was thinly built and stood about 5'7" to 5'9" tall.

Surveillance video from the store shows an older model dark-colored van pull in front of the store at 5:12 a.m. with its hazard lights on.  Police said the video shows a person, dressed in all black attire, exit the vehicle and peer into the convenience store for some time before getting back into the vehicle and driving away.

The armed robbery happened about 30 minutes later.

If you have any information regarding this crime, call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.

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