Authorities Search for Link in O.C. Gas Station Robberies

Authorities are trying to determine whether a string of gas station robberies that happened over two hours late Sunday and early Monday in Orange County are connected.

The first armed robbery occurred about 10:50 p.m. Sunday at the Shell gas station at 2641 N. Bristol St. in Santa Ana. The clerk told officers a man with a handgun entered the convenience store and demanded money, Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.

Bertagna said the suspect, who was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, ran from the store and fled in a dark vehicle.

Roughly 10 minutes later, authorities received another armed robbery report in Santa Ana.

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