BP station hit by second robbery since December

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 2, 2003

Albert Lea police are searching for a man who robbed the BP Food Shop at 901 W. Main St. and then fled on foot Monday morning. It is the second robbery of the business in a year.

Tuesday around 8 a.m., a bearded man brandished a knife, demanded money from the register and then grabbed an undisclosed sum. He was last seen by neighbors running in the alley north of the store.

The man has been described as a stocky white male, with a full &uot;scraggly&uot; beard and injuries to his arm. Assistant Albert Lea Police Chief Dwaine Winkels wouldn’t specify the injury. The man was wearing a grey sweatshirt and blue jeans, police said.

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Winkels said officers who viewed the store’s security tape did not recognize the man, but didn’t rule out the possibility that he lives in the area. &uot;We have some people in the area that are pretty low key that do some strange things,&uot; he said.

In December of 2002 at the same station, a man in a ski mask brandished a knife, demanded money and fled the scene. The man was never caught.