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Fast and Easy Mart Robbed at Gunpoint

A East Fifth Street business was robbed at gunpoint.

At approximately 10:58 p.m. on Thursday night, a male store clerk at the n Benicia reported four male suspects entered the store and pointed a small handgun at him demanding money, according to a release sent out by Lt. Frank Hartig of the .

“The clerk was forced to hand over an undetermined amount of currency,” said Hartig.  “The suspects also stole the clerk’s personal laptop computer, his wallet and alcoholic beverages.”

During the incident the clerk was hit in the back of the head by one of the suspects with a closed fist.  The clerk refused medical treatment.

The handgun used was described as a small, black, unknown make or caliber.

The clerk described the suspects as four males, approximately 20-30 years of age.  Two of the suspects were wearing grey hoodies.  One of the suspects was wearing a black hoodie, and the other was wearing a dark navy blue jacket.

All four suspects were wearing dark colored bandanas over their mouths attempting to conceal their identity. The suspects fled the scene in an unknown make and model silver four-door vehicle.

There are currently no photos or videos available for press release at this time, though Hartig says pictures may be released.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact Detective Sgt. Yokoi at (707) 746-4244.

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Fed up August 17, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Great- where they black, white, Hispanic, Asian??? Great reporting!
Kenny August 17, 2012 at 06:11 PM
I'm thinking an un-named poster has JB a little nervous. Or not.
Joe Feltcher August 17, 2012 at 07:30 PM
More Vallejo trash. Defend this one Bobby....
Joe Feltcher August 17, 2012 at 07:48 PM
And it's official... "The lone clerk described the four assailants as African-American men in the 20s or 30s, wearing dark-colored bandanas over their mouths"
"The Black Panther of Poetry" August 17, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Dude stop being narrow minded and ignorant for a day. The world just witness three mass shootings by three different white men in the past(oh I don't know off hand but let me take a guess) two or three months. "Beauty may be only skin deep....but ignorance go deep to the bone"!!!
Kenny August 17, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Oh no Lord, tell me it's not true.
Babaloo August 18, 2012 at 02:38 AM
shame on them...shame,,,see it's all better now,,,so the scum will come back and rob some more ...of course they are from out of town,,our hoods just drink and play in the park,,,
Linda Lou August 18, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Other people may be in fear of sounding politically incorrect, but I am not. This is just another case of criminal trash from Vallejo trying to infiltrate our mostly crime-free city. They see us here in this town as easy marks and good targets for their violence in the future. Benicia PD, PLEASE take note of the alarming increase in local robberies. These have all, as far as I know, been committed by individuals coming here from out of town, mostly from Vallejo. Step up your patrols, do whatever you have to do to maintain the safety standard that most of us MOVED here to Benicia for in the first place!!
Fed up August 18, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Why does it always become a race discussion? I was just wondering what the discription of the individuals was. It helps when looking for someone! Somebody always has to play the race card to create a diversion from the real issue. Herm Cain was right- "stupid people are ruining America"!!
Jason August 18, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Because it's a race problem.
Jason August 18, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Not going to happen. The city is too busy installing cameras at intersections that do not aid in catching criminals and sending out press releases to that effect announcing it to the world. The limited routes of access into and out of this city would make it quite easy and inexpensive compared to other cities to monitor/catch criminals entering and exiting Benicia. Hey, attention whatever lottery winner or trust fund family lives in the two mansions on the corner of West 5th and West M. Cough up a donation to the police department to install a license plate recognition system at the city's boundaries.
Jim August 19, 2012 at 10:25 PM
I am a local who frequents that store. I have lived here almost my whole life, and wanted to make this my home for my kids. It used to be a bedroom community that was great. Now, the Vallejo overflow has got me thinking otherwise. This is bullshit. Go rob stores in the shithole you created and live in. Stay the fuck out of our town unless you actually contribute something to society.
Jim August 19, 2012 at 10:33 PM
I am a local who frequents that store. I have lived here almost my whole life, and wanted to make this my home for my kids. It used to be a bedroom community that was great. Now, the Vallejo overflow has got me thinking otherwise. This is bullshit. Go rob stores in the shithole you created and live in. Stay the fuck out of our town unless you actually contribute something to society.
Linda Lou August 19, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Jim, I cannot agree with you more. It is time we call a spade a spade...Political correctness has turned us into wimps who roll over for the crime element from Vallejo to infect this city. BENICIA PD - pay attention! More has to be done. Word is getting around to these sleaze bags in Vallejo that we are easy pickings here. Do something about it!!
Linda Lou August 19, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Fed up - the reason it has to be turned into a race discussion is because it IS a race issue! As a single white female shopping at night, I feel much less safe if a couple of black guys dressed in black come into a convenience store than if a couple of guys of some other race do the same thing. I wasn't born with that prejudice - unfortunately, the actions of all of the black criminals perpetrating most all of these crimes has taught me to feel that way. Not racial bias, just experience.
"The Black Panther of Poetry" August 20, 2012 at 12:14 AM
"Jane...You ignorant ........t"
Linda Lou August 20, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Is that all you got, Bobby?? I would call THAT a pretty ignorant comment. Oh well, at least you didn't misspell every other word for once --
Kenny August 20, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Who's Jane? And what is a "t"?
"The Black Panther of Poetry" August 20, 2012 at 04:31 AM
Google Saturday Night live of the 80's and see Dan Akroyd and Jane Curtain doing their news skit!!!
Jim August 20, 2012 at 04:37 AM
It isn't a race discussion in my mind. It's simply bullshit. I bank at Umpqua and did you know that they have been robbed so many times that you now have to ring a doorbell for them to unlock the door. The bank is a stones throw a way from the police department. That's aggravating. But yet, the police will be at my house in 2 minutes if my son is riding his go cart through the court I live on. In my mind, we have two problems. 1 is that Vallejo is bleeding in to our community. Vallejo residents would defend that it is a good city to live in. Great, stay there and quit overflowing our schools and raising the crime rate in our quiet town. 2 our police need to put a little more focus (please) on things that really matter. Quit fucking with the average hard working families and go catch the bad guys. Sorry for cussing, but it pisses me off. Our PD used to be a place for officers to learn, it's NOT that way anymore. Do your job.
Linda Lou August 20, 2012 at 08:55 AM
Kenny, it was Bobby's rather childish way of calling me an "ignorant slut" by using an obscure reference. He was probably hoping I was either too dim or too young to understand what he was saying but unfortunately for him, I am neither. It is the common recourse of those with no counter argument or facts to offer to insult or attack someone else on a personal level.
Linda Lou August 20, 2012 at 08:56 AM
And again, as usual - I have to correct his misspellings. Dan Aykroyd and Jane Curtin.
RJ Stewart August 20, 2012 at 01:51 PM
I wonder how much loot the perps stole. My guess it was no where near the amount filched by the Vallejo-based thugs who caused the housing collapse which, of course, affects me directly. Does anyone know the crime statistics for Benicia and whether it is increasing, decreasing, or holding steady? There are several black families living in the "money hill" area of Benicia; should I be afraid, like Linda and Rev. J. Jackson, when I see them walking down the street?
Karl Voigt August 20, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Why are folks only focusing on the Police Dept. Citizens should be asking the Mayor and the Council pointed questions ? They are the ones who formulate policy. I haven't heard peep one out of either the Mayor nor any Council member on this growing problem.
Summersole August 20, 2012 at 08:23 PM
IMO folks are focusing on the Police department because they barely get the job done. The most recent shooting at police officers, suspect escaped for hours, broke into another nearby home, beat, carjacked other citizens. BPD reacts only, there is no secure patroling, robberies keep happening, the criminals are just doing what they want, Benicia Police only tell you want they CAN'T DO (IMO)

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