An armed robbery for cash, even an armed robbery for lottery tickets, that’s an occupational hazard for gas station convenience store clerks on the overnight shift.
But a gun to the head for beer?
That’s what a 7-Eleven clerk in Broward County found himself facing for an instant during Wednesday’s predawn hours.
As the clerk took some trash outside the store at 4451 Davie Blvd. around 4:30 a.m., two men came into the store. The first one, described as white, possibly Hispanic, with an athletic build and a goatee, strode toward the aisles while fiddling with his pants. The second one, skinny in a Jimi Hendrix shirt and ripped jeans, leaned on the counter near the cash register as if waiting to purchase behind-the-counter goods.
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The first man grabbed an 18-pack of Modelo and swaggered toward the exit. Just before the beer thief reached the door, the clerk stood in the doorway, objecting to the transfer of ownership without the transfer of money. The Modelo Man threw a shoulder into the clerk, then whipped out a pistol and pointed it at the clerk’s head. The clerk jumped behind the glass door.
Guy No. 2 slowly went outside to watch the first man leave. He left before Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived.
Anyone who knows anything about either man can contact BSO Detective Armando Enrique at 954-321-4200 or, for those who want to remain anonymous, Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or via the website.