ANTIOCH (CBS SF) – Three juveniles are in custody after a police chase ended in a crash in Antioch following a robbery at a gas station in Moraga Sunday night.
The owner of the gas station says this is the second time in two years his story has been the target of thieves.
Nick Ghassem says three masked teens, one girl with a gun, and two boys with knives, robbed his store. He says the cashier was held up at gunpoint while the boys took off with the cash register that had about $600 in it.
“It’s shocking. I mean, especially in this town, it’s shocking. I am, to be honest with you, kind of scared. I’m scared for my employees. It’s getting dangerous. I don’t know what to do,” said Ghassem, adding, “Always telling my employees, your life is a lot more than the money. And when something happens, just do what they want and let the police handle it.”
Ghassem says he has 16 surveillance cameras on his property and police are now using that footage as evidence.
Moraga police put out a bulletin to other departments after the robbery at an Arco station. Lafayette police spotted the vehicle from the bulletin and pursued the vehicle on Highway 24, then on Highway 4.
The chase ended on Hillcrest Avenue where the suspect vehicle crashed into bystander’s vehicle when it exited Highway 4.
One person was injured in the crash, but declined medical attention.
Police confiscated masks, guns, and money from the suspect vehicle.