Man holds clerk at gunpoint in North County gas station robbery


VISTA, Calif. (CNS) – Authorities Monday were searching for a gunman who held up a Vista gas station.

It happened shortly before 10:10 p.m. Sunday at the Mobil gas station at 710 Sycamore Avenue, just south of Shadowridge Drive, San Diego County Sheriff’s Sgt. Terry Phillips said.

A man walked into the store wearing a surgical mask, then pointed a silver semi-automatic handgun at the clerk and demanded the cash register and lottery tickets, Phillips said.

The clerk complied and the thief fled with the cash register — containing roughly $350 — and lottery tickets, the sergeant said. He was last seen driving westbound on Shadowridge Drive in a vehicle, described only as a silver SUV.

No injuries were reported.

The thief was described as a 5-foot-10 white man with blond hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a button-down shirt, blue jeans and cowboy boots.

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