Masked Man Robs Same Store Twice in 2 Days

Wednesday at 3 a.m. a Circle K in Rancho Penasquitos is robbed at gun point

By Nicole Gonzales and Marc Julick
|  Friday, Mar 2, 2012  |  Updated 8:18 AM PDT
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A man wearing a Halloween-type mask robbed the same convenience store twice in two days. NBC 7's Nicole Gonzales spoke with customers Marrille Norton and Marty Hughes.

A man wearing a Halloween-type mask robbed the same convenience store twice in two days. NBC 7's Nicole Gonzales spoke with customers Marrille Norton and Marty Hughes.

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A man wearing a Halloween mask walked into a San Diego convenience store and, for the second time in two days, robbed the store.

On Wednesday at 3 a.m., the robber struck at a Rancho Penasquitos Circle K, getting away with some cash and cigarettes according to San Diego police.

That suspect has now become a serial thief, operating under the same disguise when he robbed the same store in the 9300 block of Paseo Motalban Thursday around 4:35 a.m.

Surveillance video shows the man entering the store and standing at the counter. Officials said the suspect lifts his shirt to show a handgun tucked in his pants.

He demanded money from the clerk, police said, and then asked for cigarettes.

While he waited he grabbed what appeared to be lighters from the counter investigators said.

The clerk gave him about a dozen packs of cigarettes in a Circle K bag and the suspect left on foot.

The suspect wore all black, a similar Halloween-style mask and carried what seemed to be a semi-automatic gun.

The suspect is believed to be between 26-30 years old, measuring 5' 5" to 5' 8" and weighing approximately 180 lbs.

"The two nights in a row thing makes it really scary because it almost makes it seem like… obviously this person is scoping the place out," said customer Marrilee Norton.

Regular Circle K customers told NBCSanDiego they hope the suspect won't target this particular gas station again.

"You never know. He's bold," said customer Marty Hughes. "If he does it again, they'll get him.

No injuries were reported.

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