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Trio With Gun Robs San Pablo Avenue Gas Station

Three men with a gun robbed the Albany Hill Mini Mart, not far from the El Cerrito border, on Saturday afternoon. No one was injured and the robbers remain at large.

Saturday afternoon, three men wearing bandannas entered a San Pablo Avenue gas station convenience store and robbed the attendant at gunpoint, police said. 

Saturday just after 2:30 p.m, the men went into the Albany Hill Mini Mart, in the 800 block of San Pablo Avenue, displayed a gun and robbed the store. The shop is located several blocks south of the El Cerrito border.

The men left on foot running westbound on Washington Avenue. Police were unable to locate them. 

No one was injured during the robbery, police said. 

All three men were wearing hoodies, gloves and had bandannas covering their faces, said officer Pete O'Connor of the Albany Police Department. Two of them were in black hoodies, and the other was wearing a brown one. All three men were wearing jeans.

One of the men was described as white, and the other two were described as black. 

Police ask anyone with information about this incident to call the Albany Police Department at 510-525-7300.

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If there's something in this article you think should be corrected, or if something else is amiss, call editor Emilie Raguso at 510-459-8325 or email her at albany@patch.com.  

Agi Tator October 01, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Wouldn't it make more sense to say a block from Solano ave? What is the point of saying several blocks from el cerrito? Albany is only about a mile by a mile, it will be a several blocks from either berkeley or el cerrito
Ross Stapleton-Gray October 01, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Or "across the street from the notorious Club Mallard." :-) I think the term of art is "at large" (as in "the robbers escaped on foot, and remain at large"), rather than "outstanding."
Rachel D. McAdams October 01, 2012 at 03:19 AM
I've gotten to know the owners quite well and I'm just so glad no one was hurt.
JJMarieKK October 01, 2012 at 05:35 AM
So sorry this happened to the owners and I hope they are okay. How scary, daylight on a Saturday! My kids walk down to that market sometimes.
Maureen October 01, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Last night, we got a pizza from the place across the street. They had not heard a thing about this, but looked it up after I told them. Doesn't the police department canvass the surrounding businesses after something like this happens? They should at least alert the other owners.
Rachel Holmen October 01, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Relieved nobody was hurt.
Amanda Azevedo October 01, 2012 at 04:59 PM
I went in this morning to bring them some flowers and see how they are doing.... the older gentleman was the one working this morning. He was so gentle and peaceful about it, though I know he must have been quite upset about it. He actually spoke about the "kids" (his words) who did it, and lamented that they have potentially ruined their lives for something that was so not worth it. He talked about how kids don't always think too far ahead and only get stuck in the moment sometimes. I think this speaks volumes about the strength and character of this family. I am glad no one was physically harmed.
brianapinaud October 01, 2012 at 05:02 PM
This is so sad. The owners of the mini mart are so sweet. The description of the suspects meets the same description of the three guys that broke into my house a few weeks ago. I got to get a better look at mine when we watched our neighbors surveillance camera. It was one white, one black and one maybe hispanic or mixed race. They couldn't have been older than 17 years old. I wonder if the same clan of the 'three musketeers.'.
A Roberts October 02, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Fight back Albany. Arm yourselves... Police can only do so much just as in Oakland.
Tatter Salad October 02, 2012 at 07:10 PM
"...and the robbers remain outstanding."! Emilie: I'm sure their mothers will be proud. (I think you meant 'at large'). LOL
Emilie Raguso October 02, 2012 at 07:43 PM
I think it's common usage to say that people remain outstanding when they're still wanted or at large -- but perhaps that in itself is incorrect! http://www.lapdonline.org/most_wanted
Jennifer Carlson October 02, 2012 at 08:09 PM
That's a troubling thought, Idon'tknow. Are you suggesting that we should all get guns and "open carry" so that potential thugs would feel intimidated? That rarely works in the favor of the victim anyway. Personally, I'm glad the nice folks at Hill MiniMart just cooperated and let them go on their way. Gunfire around gas stations is a bad idea at best and a lethal one at worst. I like the owners of the station and am glad their cooler heads prevailed. I am also glad no bystanders took it upon themselves to go cowboy and have a shootout there on a busy street with people all around.
Margaret Tong October 02, 2012 at 10:33 PM
I always thought 'outstanding' was used in reference to unpaid bills/debts. Bad men who were sought by the authorities would be 'at large.'
Anonymous and concerned citizen October 04, 2012 at 05:46 AM
I'm writing in to comment on my part in this situation. I was arrested for this crime, along with a good friend of mine, near the corner of San Carlos and Thousand Oaks near the Albany High School about 3 hours after said incident. I am an 18 year old caucasian male, and I was NOT wearing a large jacket. My companion, an African-American also 18 years of age, was NOT wearing a large jacket either. On our way to pick up a friend, we were pulled over by a police car, and were subsequently told to walk backwards toward the police with our hands behind our heads, without explanation. I drive a black 2008 Honda Accord. We were NOT informed of the allegations against us, and we were taken to the police station before we were made privy to the nature of our arrest. The Albany Police department searched my vehicle without asking my consent. This kind of over-zealous, gung-ho approach is the exact kind of thing that hurts the relationship between the community and the police department that is meant to protect them. I feel that i was treated unfairly based on the evidence against me, and that my detainment in fact aided the REAL culprits' escape by wasting police resources--six uniformed officers and one detective were present at the scene of the interaction while the criminals distanced
Anonymous and concerned citizen October 04, 2012 at 05:47 AM
themselves even further from the crime. I am a lifetime resident of Albany, an Eagle Scout, and an alumnus of the Albany Unified School District. I do not feel protected by the APD, and I am not satisfied with their actions and their methodology
Warren October 04, 2012 at 03:46 PM
As the parent of this concerned citizen, I too am concerned. We both deplore the actions of the criminals who robbed our neighbors (who's gas station we frequent weekly) but find that the actions of the Albany police dept in this matter was uncalled for, unjust, and without any remorse. My son was confined for 45 minutes, then handcuffed, officially told he was under arrest for armed robbery, read his Miranda rights, searched (body, car and cell phone) taken to the police dept where he was held for an hour and then without a word of explanation or apology was released. The only apparent evidence justifying his arrest was his matching the racial profile of a robber. The APD had to ignore the absence of any other evidence. No, gun, no money, not a third person, not on foot, no hoodies, no gloves, no bandanas, and driving near the scene of the robbery three hours later. Come on APD you can treat the citizens you serve better than this.

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