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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