Two Men Flee Armed Robbery of Route 37 Gas Station, Cash Stolen

Men in ski masks with a handgun threaten employee as he opens Route 37 West Shell station

Two men in ski masks, one armed with a handgun, threatened an employee of a gas station and took the Route 37 West location's cash before fleeing on foot as the business opened Tuesday morning, police said.

Toms River Police Captain Steven Henry said the 5:15 a.m. armed robbery of the Shell Gas Station, 1095 Route 37 West, was just as an employee arrived to open for the day.

Two men — both wearing hooded sweatshirts, ski masks and gloves — accosted the victim and demanded cash, Henry said. One of the two men brandished a handgun.

An undetermined amount of cash was stolen from the gas station, Henry said. The two men then fled on foot from the business, on the corner of Route 37 and Bananier. Police are still searching in the open investigation. No injuries were reported.

Toms River Officer D.J. Unger and Detective Roger Hull are investigating.  The Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Criminalistics Unit is also assisting.  Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Det. Hull at 732-349-0150 x1291.

The same location was robbed by a man with a knife about a year ago. In the early November incident, which police said at the time was related to a Holiday City gas station robbery, a man demanded money from an attendant in the early evening.




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jeff October 02, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Time to arm ones self, a couple years ago it was just simple car break ins then house robbing now armed robbery, next it's murder robbery. REMEMBER the police won't be there in time when there's someone that broke into you home.
1stcav October 02, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Arm yourself as 911 won't get there fast enough !!!!!!!Rugar .357 will stop them before they hurt anyone in YOUR House.....
barbara October 02, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Scumbag, dirtbags......glad the attendant, although article states was accosted, was ok. Guy just trying to make a paycheck, getting two work at 5:15 a.m. Pisses me off that there are so many low lifes out there, makes me sick every time i hear something like this. Arm yourself for sure. Haven't had my gun out in many, many years, but it is coming out, sick of this crap.
Smot Revir October 02, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Hey, thats not a picture of the gas station !!
RCL67 October 02, 2012 at 11:08 PM
.... and it's getting worse, and worse, and worse....
Emmy October 02, 2012 at 11:49 PM
I am confused as to how they were out so early to commit armed robbery. I have always felt safest in the early morning, thinking the "bad guys" were still asleep from the night before. Oh well.. Glad the attendant is ok.
Laci October 03, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Probably weren't the brightest in school either with that 8th grade education because who robs a business that hasn't even had a chance to pump a gallons worth of gas. Hope that $20.00 in cash gets them 10 years +..
rose bruno October 03, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Rosie Bruno Get some rotweilers or german shepard dogs. These creeps will be attacked upon command.
Phillip October 03, 2012 at 02:58 AM
While I support our police officers who put themselves on the line to intervene when they know a crime is in progress the police leadership is dropping the ball with the recent home invasions in Toms River. They need to become more PROACTIVE before these burglars start murdering citizens in their homes. All it will take is a homeowner being able to identify the invader and he will be murdered rather than risk identification and incarceration. Citizens had better start arming themselves. And to the police leadership: step up the pressure. Help organize the citizenry, hold a town hall meetings to raise awareness, use the municipal TV channel to warn where the invasions have recently occurred and broadcast description of the perpetrators. We shouldn't have to tell you how to do this!
MrSaturdayNightSpecial October 03, 2012 at 04:18 AM
Why is there no article about how the station is robbing customers? $4.05??? Really???? That's highway robbery...No pun intended!
Barry Fleckmann October 03, 2012 at 05:56 PM
"Why is there no article about how the station is robbing customers? $4.05??? Really???" - MrSaturdayNightSpecial. Really. It's NOT the station, MrSaturdayNightSpecial, it's the Shell Oil Company that's doing the stealing. The gas station attendant is probably making about the minimum wage. As singer, Sinead O'Connor, once said, on "Saturday Night, Live," "Fight the REAL enemy." Yes. Shell Oil Company. Big Oil.
Steph October 03, 2012 at 06:12 PM
The people working there are not the ones determining the price. That is determined by a higher power and is not relevant to the scope of this article. I only hope one day your loved one does not have to experience this sort of crime and someone posts ignorant comments in regards to it as you just did to my father who was the one attacked.
Sandra October 03, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Toms River is busy these days with all these robberies and beatings. Its not a wonder that people are bringing guns to place behind the counter these days. The Wild west is back.
MyOpinion October 03, 2012 at 07:16 PM
a Friend of mine had her house robbed in TR 2 days ago. Its insane!
sw October 05, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Sounds like a two brother team to me.


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