Gas station clerk held at gunpoint terminated from job after robbery

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– It was a bold and aggressive armed robbery when two men entered a west side gas station in early June

Police said around 11:30 on the night of June 3, two black males in their 20’s wearing dark hoods walked into the McClure’s gas station at Lynhurst Drive and Rockville Road.

“Pretty much life flashing before my eyes kinda stuff,” said the clerk who wanted to be called “John.” “I thought I was gonna die.”

One suspect immediately grabbed John by the shirt, pulled him over the counter and pointed a gun to his chest.

“He just told me give him the money, open the cash register,” John said. “And told me he was going to kill me if I didn’t.”

As John emptied the cash drawer of about $200, police said the second suspect jumped over the counter and grabbed about $300 worth of Newport cigarettes. A couple minutes later, they ran out the door and were gone.

Two weeks later, John said he’s still shaken up by the incident.

“I personally just want them to rot in jail,” he said.

Unfortunately for John, the incident also cost him his job. After being told to take a couple days off following the robbery, John was informed that he was being terminated. The reason: he had violated company policy by keeping too much money in the cash drawer.

“We’re supposed to only have $75 in the drawer and I had $200,” he said.

John said he had been ready to do a cash drop a few minutes before the robbery, but didn’t get to it before the robbers came into the store.

When Fox59 asked the manager at the McClure station about why John was fired, he provided a number to the McClure Oil Company corporate headquarters in Marion.

“We have stringent cash handling policies, and in this case, they were not followed,” said the company’s president and CEO, Kelly McClure.

John said he’s not mad at his store manager because he knows he was just following directions from upper management.

The same manager told Fox59 he would gladly write John a good reference to help in his job search, which is still underway. Meantime, detectives are still searching for the two robbery suspects.

The first suspect was described to be in his 20’s, between 5’5” to 5’8” tall and has a thin build. He was wearing black jeans, a black hoodie and armed with a handgun. The second suspect was described to be in his 20’s, between 5’8 to 5’10” tall with a thin build. He was reported to be wearing black pants, a black hoodie, black and white Nike shoes and was also armed with a handgun.

If you have any information regarding the suspects, please contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477.

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