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Palo Alto Police Searching For Armed Robbery Suspect

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Palo Alto police were searching for an armed robbery suspect seen in these surveillance photos. (Bay City News)

Palo Alto police were searching for an armed robbery suspect seen in these surveillance photos. (Bay City News)

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PALO ALTO (CBS SF) — Palo Alto police released surveillance images of a masked man armed with a semi-automatic pistol who allegedly robbed a Shell gas station Tuesday morning.

About 11:15 a.m. the thief, wearing a white handkerchief to shield his face, demanded money while pointing a pistol at three clerks at the gas station at 1161 Embarcadero Road, according to police Agent Marianna Villaescusa.

The station clerks, a man in his 50s, and two women in their 30s and 40s, handed over the cash in the register.

Police said the suspect then drove away in a newer gray Acura MDX sport utility vehicle and was last seen entering the southbound on-ramp to U.S. Highway 101.

Surveillance photos show the suspect as a black man standing about six feet tall with a thin build. He was wearing a black sweatshirt with a hood over his head, dark pants and a handkerchief over his face.

Anyone with information about the suspect or the incident is asked to contact the Palo Alto Police Department’s 24-hour dispatch center at (650) 329-2413.

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