Crime

'Pajama bandit,' partner rob gas station in middle of the night

GULFPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT 
 Police want help to identify this man, believed to have robbed a gas station on Apri. 14.
GULFPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT Police want help to identify this man, believed to have robbed a gas station on Apri. 14.

GULFPORT -- Police are asking for the public's help in an armed robbery case involving two men, one of whom police say wore pajama pants when he implied he had a handgun.

The holdup was reported about 2:15 a.m. April 14 at the Exxon at 1119 30th Avenue.

The clerk reported a male had come in the store wearing a green shirt and pajama pants and had a brief conversation and left, police Sgt. Damon McDaniel said. The man returned minutes later with his arm under a sweat shirt. He claimed he had a gun and demanded money.

During the holdup, a second man came in the store and stayed by the entrance, McDaniel said.

The first man took an undisclosed amount of money and both left the gas station in a silver car, he said.

The one who implied he was armed was wearing a blue hoodie sweat shirt and pajama pants with "South Park" logos, McDaniel said.

The one who stood at the door wore a long-sleeved dark shirt with white writing, dark pants and a dark-colored baseball cap.

McDaniel said they should be considered armed and dangerous.

To give a tip, call the Gulfport Police Department at 868-5959.

Or call Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898, text CSTIP plus a message to 274637 (CRIMES) or give a tip online at mscoatcrimestoppers.com. Crime Stoppers allows tipsters to remain anonymous, even while collecting a reward.

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