Surveillance video shows 7-Eleven store robbed at gunpoint in Oak Park

2 men steal from convenience store by pointing handgun at clerk's face

OAK PARK, Mich. – A 7-Eleven convenience store was robbed at gunpoint Saturday in Oak Park and police released surveillance footage.

According to police, two men ran into the store on Coolidge Highway between 11 Mile and 12 Mile roads around 11:45 p.m. Saturday. One of the men put a handgun in the clerk's face and the thieves stole money from the register.

The men also took a pack of cigarettes.

The thieves are described as black, between the ages of 17 and 20, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing about 140 pounds.

One of the men was wearing black shorts, a gray hooded sweatshirt and a facemask. The other man was wearing black pants, a gray hooded sweatshirt, a blue face mask and a sock over one of his hands and forearm.

"Maybe covering up a distinctive tattoo," Oak Park Public Safety Lt. Troy Taylor said. "He also had on flip flops that were a few sizes too big, which is odd if you're going to do an armed robbery and flee on foot."

There were several customers in the store at the time of the robbery.

"I was standing eight to 10 feet away," a witness said. "It was a shocking moment. I've never been in that close proximity of, not just a gun, but someone who's pointing a gun and maybe going to use it."

While the man with the gun was grabbing money from the register and a pack of Kools, the other man was shouting orders at customers.

"I just sort of moved to the back and hid behind a display of pop and hoped that they wouldn't start walking around," the customer said.

Police said the men wore do rags over their faces and ran off through an alley.

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