West Valley City 7-Eleven clerk calls police during armed robbery

West Valley City police responded to a robbery in progress on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Monico Garza/SLCScanner

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah, Aug. 16, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A 7-Eleven clerk being robbed at gunpoint called West Valley City police to the scene at about 4:30 a.m. Thursday.

“She was getting robbed,” WVC Sgt. Robert Brinton said at the scene, 4807 W. 3500 South.

Brinton said police stop at the 7-Eleven often, and know the clerk.

“She’s pretty feisty, not afraid to speak her mind,” Brinton said. “So she told them she was calling police, she grabbed the phone, and got on the phone while she was in the commission of the crime. She was right behind the cash register, but she didn’t get in their way.”

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The men managed to get away with what Brinton described as a “handful” of cash, “and I think some beer, as well as some smokes.” They then fled to a waiting vehicle.

Police were reviewing surveillance video and searching for fingerprints that might match some in their database.

The men are described as African American males, between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall, and of thin build. Both had handguns. They were driven away by a third male, thought to be Polynesian, Brinton said.

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