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Gun Toting Masked Bandit Robs Visalia Gas Station

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VISALIA, Calif. (KMPH) -

A clerk at a Visalia gas station thought the robber pointing a gun at him was joking.  But he realized it was real when the thief barked at him to open the register. 

The gunman wearing a mask walked into the Chevron station on east Mineral King in Visalia just before ten Friday night.   He pointed his gun at both clerks and ordered Harjot Singh to move to the register.  "You open the register.  I open the register.   So he took the money.   Only like one minute."  The entire holdup was caught on surveillance video.  

Besides the mask the gunman was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and gray baggy shorts that drooped below his waist.   Harjot Singh said the holdup lasted only a minute.   It was the last fifteen seconds that he found frightening.  "No I no experience this in my life.   The first time it happened.   So I just feel like the guys kidding me.  The last fifteen seconds I realize he's serious."

The gunman cleaned out 1600 dollars from the cash drawer.   He also helped himself to a few items on the counter.   No one was hurt.

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