ST. LOUIS COUNTY - The Maryland Heights and Ladue Police Departments continued their search Tuesday night for suspects they say are involved in the armed robberies of three convenience stores in St. Louis County.
The owner of the In and Out Market on Bellevue Avenue who asked not to be identified described to Fox 2 how he tried to remain calm while speaking with one of the suspects who had a gun.
The terrifying ordeal was all caught on the store’s surveillance cameras, located throughout the store.
The owner said that at first he was busy helping a customer and heard more people come into the store, but as soon as his customer left, one of the two suspects appeared from the back of the store displaying a gun.
The owner said the suspect stood at the sales counter pointing the gun at him.
Then he said the suspect nervously put the gun down before picking it back up and continued to do so several times.
All the while, the owner said they both carried on a conversation with the suspect telling him that he`s 19-years-old. He continued to say repeatedly that he is ‘Sorry’ and that he doesn`t ‘Want to do this.’
The back and forth continued for about ten minutes while the suspect`s accomplice stuffed a backpack with beer and other merchandise.
The owner said that he continued to remain calm as best as he could and when the suspect with the gun told him to hand over any money in the cash register, the owner complied and gave him $200.
Then the suspect tried to leave but not right away. In the video, the suspect is seen hanging halfway through the front door while telling the owner to wait a few minutes before ‘calling the cops.’
The owner said the suspect then jumped into a getaway car, possibly a silver sedan, along with two other suspects and quickly took off.
Richmond Heights police said that this robbery maybe connected to two other armed robberies earlier on Tuesday.
One happened at the Philips 66 Gas station on South Big Bend Boulevard and the other at the BP Gas station on Lindbergh Boulevard in Ladue.
Fox 2 spoke with the owner of the Phillips 66 Gas station who also wanted to remain anonymous. He explained to Fox 2 that two people came in acting like they are buying something before one of them showed him a gun and demanded money from the cash register. He complied and handed over between $200 to $300.
No one was injured in any of the three-armed robberies. Anyone who may have information that could assist in identifying the individuals is asked to contact either the Ladue Police Department or the Richmond Heights Police Department.