Police are investigating whether a 7-Eleven robbery in Pleasant Hill Sunday is the continuation of a series of convenience stories robberies in September.
The incidents have similar M.O. — multiple masked men with guns robbing convenience stores at times of minimal staffing (usually one person on duty), in the wee hours of the morning.
Walnut Creek Police Chief Joel Bryden noted at the time, because of a shot fired. On Ygnacio Valley Road at 3:30 a.m. Sept. 28, a masked robber in the group exiting the little market at the Valero station took an errant shot at a customer who was gasing up his vehicle.
In the Walnut Creek robbery, one robber was reportedly dressed in a gorilla suit.
In the most recent incident, four masked suspects entered the 7-Eleven on Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill, at 4:20 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 16. Two carried guns. They confronted the clerk, who gave them cash from the register, police said.
The robbers fled on foot through the store parking lot. Anyone with information is asked to call Pleasant Hill Police Department at (925) 288-4630.
It's the second Pleasant Hill 7-Eleven to be hit in a month. On Sept. 27, a 7-Eleven on the 2200 block of Morello Avenue, Pleasant Hill, was hit. That attempted robbery was notable in that the cashier saw the robbers coming and locked himself in the store bathroom.
KTVU reports that police agencies are working with the FBI on the case.
Bay City News Service contributed to this report.