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New Kensington police seek at least two people in multiple gas station robberies |

New Kensington police seek at least two people in multiple gas station robberies

| Thursday, November 16, 2017 3:36 p.m
Jason Bridge | Tribune-Review
The Valero gas station at the corner of Constitution Boulevard and Seventh Street in New Kensington was robbed on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017.
Emily Balser | Tribune-Review
New Kensington police investigated a robbery at the 7-Eleven convenience store at the corner of Tarentum Bridge and Leechburg roads on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. The store was robbed again Tuesday night, Nov. 21, 2017.

New Kensington police are investigating two robberies and an attempted robbery Wednesday night — all within about a half-hour of each other.

A woman robbed the BP gas station on Tarentum Bridge Road just before 11 p.m. and a man with a female driver robbed the Valero gas station on Seventh Street about 20 minutes later, police and witnesses said.

Police confirmed an attempted robbery also happened Wednesday night at the Freeport Road Sunoco, minutes away from the Valero.

Valero manager Shuitesh Patel said a male robber walked into the store about 11:20 p.m. Wednesday.

“He wore dark clothing, had his face covered and held his hand in his jacket like this,” Patel said, mimicking a hand inside a jacket pointing out as if the hand held a gun.

“The robber was, maybe, 5 feet 6 inches tall and skinny, and he left with the woman,” Patel said.

Police haven’t yet said what kind of car the pair was driving or if it matches a car used in the BP robbery. That was described as possibly a dark blue Chevrolet.

BP regional manager Jim Haigis confirmed the robbery at the store but couldn’t talk about details.

Sunoco representatives didn’t return calls for comment, and an employee at that gas station said she was not permitted to comment.

It’s unclear how much money was taken in the robberies. Police generally report the figure after an arrest is made.

Police obtained surveillance video from the BP and Valero stations and were working to get it from the Sunoco, Detective Sgt. Dino DiGiacobbe said.

Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4711 or

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