An unidentified white male is wanted for stealing a vehicle and then robbing a Lodi gas station at gunpoint Tuesday morning. The suspect remains at large, along with the 2-year-old passenger he allegedly had with him.
The man, described as a white male between the ages of 28 and 39 with blonde/brown hair, a thin mustache and unshaved beard, began his day by stealing a 1997 Chevrolet Suburban from the 1000 block of Laurel Avenue early in the morning, said Sgt. Doug Chinn of the Lodi Police Department.
“He then went to the USA Gasoline on Lower Sacramento Road and Lodi Avenue and held up an employee at gunpoint,” Chinn said. “The employee didn’t get a height estimate because the man didn’t leave the vehicle and was sitting down the whole time.”
The employee was standing in a kiosk where transactions are made when the suspect drove alongside him and demanded money, Chinn said.
The robbery took place around 10:30 a.m., Chinn said. Employees at the station declined to comment to the News-Sentinel on Tuesday afternoon.
Officers recovered the vehicle on Lucas Road near Davis Road shortly after 3 p.m. The front passenger’s door handle was vandalized and the ignition system had been tampered with. The vehicle was still running when an officer dusted it for fingerprints.
The man who reported the vehicle’s location to police said it had been there for several hours.
“I saw it there around 11:45 a.m. when I went to lunch and didn’t think much of it,” said Pete Sanguinetti. “When I was coming back after 2 p.m. and it was still there, I called it in.”
Anyone with information on the incident can call the Lodi Area Crime Stoppers anonymous tipline at 333-6771.
Contact reporter Jordan Guinn at firstname.lastname@example.org.