Bandits Use Bear Spray in Gas Station Robbery

Steven Pickering
April 18, 2018 - 4:11 pm
Bandits Use Bear Spray in Gas Station Robbery

Via Irving Police Department

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IRVING (1080 KRLD) - Irving Police are on the lookout for two men who robbed a gas station last month by attacking the clerk with bear spray. The pair broke into an ATM-like machine that lets Bitcoin owners trade their virtual currency for cash and stole the money that was inside.

The robbery happened on March 22nd at a Chevron station on North MacArturhur Boulevard. "Two suspects came into the story...one of them used a can of bear spray to spray the clerk to disorient him, then went to a bitcoin machine and stole the cash cassettes," said Irving Police Officer James McLellan. 

The bear spray used by the suspects is an extra-powerful form of pepper spray, McLellan said. "It's used to repel bears or wildlife. It's something more powerful than you would carry in your purse."

The objective of the robbery was the cash stored inside a Bitcoin machine at the gas station. "This was essentially an ATM robbery," McLellan said. "This machine is used to buy and sell Bitcoin. For someone using Bitcoin to pay for merchandise...this machine could be used to convert the Bitcoin into cash." 

Irving police are working with police in Mesquite, who are investigating a very similar case. They're asking anyone who recognizes the suspects in in this surveillanc video or has information about the case to contact investigators at 972-273-1010 or [email protected] and reference case number 18-6412.