Polite gas station robber arrested, police say

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SAN DIEGO — A 35-year-old man arrested Thursday after allegedly robbing a gas station in the Carmel Valley area is suspected in a series of seven other holdups, police said Friday.

arrest3The robbery took place about 7:50 p.m. at the Carmel Valley Shell station at 3060 Carmel Valley Road, said San Diego Police Department Officer David Stafford.

According to Stafford, the suspect walked into the gas station, pulled out a gun and demanded money from the clerk. The suspect then took the cash and fled eastbound driving a black Dodge Ram.

A description of the suspect — about 35 years old, standing 6 feet 2 inches tall, heavy set, wearing a black jacket and black pants — and his getaway car were broadcast to police. Officers then spotted the suspect in the area of Shoal Creek and Ted Williams Parkway, Stafford said.

The man was taken into custody without incident and was to be booked on a charge of armed commercial robbery, according to Stafford. No one was injured in the robbery.

Friday, police confirmed that the man is also suspected of robbing as many as seven other gas stations in a spree that began late Tuesday night and continued into Wednesday morning. At least one of the clerks robbed during the robbery spree described the robber as polite.