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UPDATED: Shots Fired in Armed Robbery at Granite Gulf

Milford and State Police are investigating an armed robbery at Granite Gulf. Shots were fired at an attendant, but no one was injured. The robber fled on foot.

An armed robber fired a handgun at an attendant twice inside Granite Gulf Wednesday night, in a robbery of the service station. The employee was not injured, said Police Chief Thomas O'Loughlin.

The robber, whose face was obscured with a scarf, fled on foot into the woods near Art's Towing. Milford and State Police searched that area with a police dog, but lost the trail.

The robbery was reported shortly after 7 p.m., when the service station was open for business and had customers at the gas pumps. The robber entered the office, and demanded cash from the attendant, O'Loughlin said.

The employee didn't immediately turn over any money, and instead entered the service bay area, where his boss was working, the police chief said. At that time, the robber fired one shot. Once inside the service bay area, the robber fired off a second round from the gun. Several employees were in that area of the business at the time. None was injured.

The suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. He was described by witnesses as a white male, 6 foot to 6'2'' tall, thin build, dark hair. He was alone in the business, O'Loughlin said, but may have had an accomplice. He also was wearing blue surgical gloves when he entered the business.

The armed robbery in Milford is thought to be related to another robbery reported shortly before, at a Medway service station. In that incident, a man entered the business and demanded cash from an attendant, but the attendant disarmed him, O'Loughlin said. The weapon turned out to be an airsoft pellet gun.

"He grabbed it right out of his hands," O'Loughlin said, of the Medway robbery.

The two crimes are thought to be related based on the desciption of the events, and the timing, the police chief said.

At the Granite Gulf, the bullet from the first shot landed in the men's room, while the casing was in the women's room. Police were searching for the second bullet and other evidence inside the service bay Wednesday night, and the scene was being processed by State Police. Employees who were witnesses were being interviewed by Milford detectives.

Milford has had several armed robberies but this is the first in at least 18 months in which a suspect fired a weapon.

MrMilford December 07, 2012 at 01:35 AM
@lisa http://www.worcestergasprices.com/Milford/index.aspx Within the town of Milford, Granite Gulf is typically more expense than other gas stations on the same day. 14 cents/per gallon higher. They are almost always 10-15 cents higher than other stations in Milford. (They are $3.63 today, BP is 3.49) They "gauge" because of their location near to 495. Motorists who get off, get gas, are not going all over town to find cheaper gas, so Gulf (and Mobil) they take advantage of that. As prices of gas have dropped all across MA (avg $3.55) http://www.massachusettsgasprices.com/Retail_Price_Chart.aspx. I see gas stations drop their prices in sync...Granite Gulf (and Mobil) do not do this. They maintain a higher price as they know they can get away with it, due to the demand for easy quick gas on that exit. My comparisons are all inside Milford, so its apples to apples comparison.
Mary MacDonald December 07, 2012 at 02:08 AM
How does this relate to a story about armed robbery again? Every gas station on a highway in America charges more. I always thought this was supply and demand. They have a prime spot, and can charge more for the convenience of highway travelers who want to get off and on. Gauging is in times of shortage, jacking up a price because people have no other choice. There are plenty of gas stations in town.
Grace hart December 07, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Sorry but Miss Kaye is not a manager at gulf she has know idea what she is taking about she is just a worker at arts towing!!!
Debbie December 12, 2012 at 03:40 AM
this station's prices are controlled by the Gulf company, they make very little profit on gas
Debbie December 12, 2012 at 03:42 AM
@ Grace, she knows far more about the Gulf than you realize. She has worked for the company for many years

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