Caught on Camera: Armed Robber Takes a Penny During Gas Station Heist

Security camera video captured clear images of the armed robbery at a Canoga Park gas station

Authorities sought the public's help in identifying an armed robbery suspect who held up a gas station in Canoga Park.

Detectives released video Wednesday of the armed robbery, in which more than $800 in cash and cigarettes were taken. He also appeared to swipe pennies from the take-a-penny-leave-a-penny tray

"We noticed the guy stole one thing, even before he pulled the gun," said Det. Fernando Avila, of the Los Angeles Police Department's Topanga Station. "You can see him reach into the take-a-penny- leave-a-penny tray when the clerk turns to retrieve the packs of cigarettes the robber feigned to buy.

"When we catch this guy, I'm going to let him know how unlucky those pennies were."

The robbery took place just before midnight, Saturday, when the suspect walked into the store alone, wearing a black Monster hoodie, Avila said.

"He displays money and feigns buying cigarettes to distract the clerk, then pulls the gun," Avila said. "This is top quality video and anyone who knows this man is sure to recognize him."

The weapon appears to be a black semi-automatic handgun, which the suspect kept in his waistband, Avila said.

The penny pincher demand all the money in the register, forcing the clerk to hand over wads of cash. He also leaves with the cigarettes

The suspect is described as Latino, in his 40s, with a shaved head and a goatee. His left ear is pierced, and he wore an earring, Avila said.

Anyone with information about the robbery was urged to call Avila at 818-756-3520.

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