Santa Ana Police Seek Man in Connection With Back-to-Back Armed Robberies at Gas Stations

Santa Ana police are looking for a man who allegedly robbed two gas stations while armed with a handgun this month, authorities announced in a news release Tuesday.

Santa Ana police on July 11, 2017 released this surveillance still of a man involved in an armed robbery on July 6, 2017.

The first robbery occurred about 11:30 p.m. July 6 at an Arco gas station in the 1700 block of East Dyer Road.

About an hour and a half later, police said the same man robbed another Arco station along the 3400 block of South Main Street.

During both incidents, the man pointed a handgun at the victims and demanded money from the registers, surveillance video shows.

In one of the incidents, the man was holding a soda bottle when he approached the cashier, appeared to try and purchase the drink, but he pulled out a gun instead, the video shows.

He then asked the cashier to open the register, grabbed handfuls of cash and told the clerk to give him the rest. The video shows the man dropped some of the money, but he grabbed it again and put the rest in his back pocket.

In the other incident, the man brandished the gun while talking on a cellphone.

Dave Goyel, the owner of one of the gas stations told KTLA that he was glad his employees were not hurt. He added that the man got away with a few hundred dollars.

He is described as being about 25 to 30 years old, is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 250 pounds.

He was wearing a black zip-up hooded sweatshirt, black pants, black and white sneakers and a black baseball cap with a white logo.

Anyone with information about the incidents or the man involved can call 714 245-8647, or Orange County Crime Stoppers at 1-855-TIP-OCCS.