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Robbers treat guests to discounted gas after taking over a gas station

Robbers treat guests to discounted gas after taking over a gas station

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED May 6, 2014

A Southwest Philadelphia Hess gas station was robbed on May 5, but the suspects' unusual actions have left authorities scratching their heads. The three robbers were allegedly not satisfied with the cash register haul, so they stayed on the scene a couple of extra hours after their robbery to serve customers discounted gas and pocket the money.

An 18-year-old gas station clerk was shot and robbed before the suspects took over the gas station. The injured man was told to stay quiet in the bathroom for hours while they ran the gas station store. 

Lt. John Walker with the Philadelphia Police Department tells CBS Philly, “In my career, that’s the first time I’ve seen or heard something like this occur. Obviously they probably didn’t feel like they got enough money, so they’re going to sit there, take control of the business, offer gas at a discounted price and try to get additional money which is just bizarre.”

One of the robbers posed as a deliveryman by wearing a Hess shirt.

Another local gas station was targeted on April 30, however, the suspects in that robbery did not interact with customers like those in the more recent crime.

Tips are requested from the individuals who were served by the robbers between 1 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. at 215-686-TIPS. Neither of the robbed stores had a working surveillance camera to capture the incidents. 

Watch an exclusive interview with the teen clerk's father here.