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Crime spree: 7 gas stations held up at gunpoint

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Seven San Diego gas stations were robbed at gunpoint early Wednesday, possibly by the same thief.

The robberies began around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday at a gas station in Rancho Penasquitos, followed by robbery at about 11:30 p.m. at a USA Gas in the 12100 block of Woodside Avenue in Lakeside. The suspect description in the Lakeside robbery matches the later holdups, according to sheriff's investigators.

At about midnight, the robber hit the Shell gas station at 7785 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. in Kearny Mesa, according to San Diego police Officer Dino Delimitros.

About 10 minutes later, a nearby Chevron station at 7070 Clairemont Mesa Blvd was also robbed and around 12:20 a.m., another Chevron station at 7737 Balboa Ave - also in Kearny Mesa - was robbed in similar fashion, Delimitros said in a statement.

Shortly after 1:30 a.m., an armed robbery was reported at the Chevron station at 11095 Carmel Mountain Road in Rancho Penasquitos and just before 2 a.m., a robber held up the Arco station at 8820 Clairemont Mesa Blvd in Kearny Mesa, he said.

The suspect in four of the five robberies was described as a white man in his late 20s or early 30s. An approximate age was not available in the fifth robbery.

Most of the victims also said he wore a baseball cap, white T-shirt and gloves, according to Delimitros. In each robbery, the suspect fled on foot.


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