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Gunpoint Robbery at Gas Station & Jack-in-the-Box Within Minutes of Each Other

Two El Sobrante businesses located a few blocks from each other were robbed at gunpoint in a span of about 15 minutes Wednesday night.

By Bay City News Service

Two El Sobrante businesses located a few blocks from each other were robbed at gunpoint in a span of about 15 minutes Wednesday night, a Contra Costa County sheriff's spokesman said today.

The first robbery was reported at 7:59 p.m. at the Shell gas station at 3621 San Pablo Dam Road, sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee said.

A man armed with a gun entered the gas station, demanded money and fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Less than 15 minutes later, deputies responded to another armed robbery at a Jack-in-the-Box restaurant at 4080 San Pablo Dam Road, about a half-mile from the Shell station, Lee said.

Deputies learned that an armed man held up the restaurant and ran off with cash.

Lee said deputies searched for the suspect with the help of a police K-9 but were unable to locate him.

No injuries were reported in either case.

Investigators have not yet determined whether the same person robbed both businesses, but are reviewing surveillance footage today, Lee said.

Anyone with information about either of the robberies is asked to call the sheriff's office at (925) 313-2441.

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LeAnne Wright February 01, 2013 at 06:49 AM
There is a HUGE homeless population that seems to dominate San Pablo Dam Rd in recent years. It has gotten so bad that Park Pharmacy, a family owned business that has been in El Sobrante for years and years and is well-known throughout the community, has been forced into not being able to carry and sell certain types of prescription drugs to patients because they too have been robbed and/or vandalized. Wake up CONTRA COSTA SHERIFF DEPT!!!! You need to get a handle on this crime situation before these derelicts run all the businesses out of town. El Sobrante USED to be a nice place to live. I was raised there. It was quiet, peaceful, neighborly and a decent place to raise your family. Apparently not anymore. This breaks my heart and makes me really sad to see this happening to my hometown.
JJH February 05, 2013 at 10:41 PM
I agree LeAnne. There is an incredibly high vehicle theft rate in the area as well. Those who commit crimes recognize the lack of police presence by both the sheriff's office and the Richmond Police. The homeless issue has been exasperated by the economy, drugs, and the proximity of the San Pablo Casino. There is a huge homeless encampment along the Creek in El sobrante.
Loren February 07, 2013 at 12:07 AM
While I agree with you we have to also reconigize this as more then just the Sheriff department not doing their job with this. There will always be homeless people in any city until something is done to help those with mental illness. What can the sheriff department do? if they are gathering in one area maybe ask them to move along. If they are not doing anything illegal? How about the people who gather at Home Depot in Richmond/ El Cerrito boarder. I almost refuse to go there unless I have to. There are reports of cars being broken in there too but they can't do anything about it as of yet. What about the intersection when you exit the freeway at Central. They stand at the end of the off ramp with signs asking for money. There is always someone willing to roll down their window and give some cash their way. If you look further under the underpass there is a small group of able body people homeless people. Or the guy on San Pablo in his wheel chair just before Barrette Ave, how many times have you seen him stand up and walk away. They always return. A night in jail to many of these people means a bed shower and food for the night maybe a few nights. I agree it is a huge problem but it is all over and it seems nobody knows the answer to fix it.
Tim February 07, 2013 at 10:26 PM
Last night I attended a presentation by El Cerrito PD that, among other things, highlighted the importance of cooperation between our various law enforcement agencies. And based on what I learned, I would suspect that these robbers are from another area. Community members should report any suspicious activity immediately to help curb such incidents. Our officer said "Anything that doesn't look normal -- call us and let us sort it out." He added that civilians are very good judges of what seems really suspicious.

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