A Littleton gas station clerk is recovering after he was struck in the head with a handgun by one of three robbers as they ransacked his store late Wednesday night.
The clerk suffered minor injuries and was treated on scene by Littleton firefighters, according to Deputy Police Chief Matthew King.
“There were no other injuries, but these two clerks were really traumatized” during the robbery, King said today in a telephone interview.
The three male robbers, who were also armed with a semi-automatic rifle and a knife, were wearing hooded sweatshirts pulled tightly across their faces during the attack. They entered the Shell gas station at 25 King St. at about 11:55 p.m., just as the store’s two clerks were switching shifts.
One robber “approached one of the clerks with a large-caliber semi-automatic pistol and made it quite clear it was a robbery,” King said.
In surveillance footage of the incident, one of the robbers is seen jumping over the countertop and striking a clerk over the head with a handgun. The second clerk is shown being pushed to the ground by another robber who was carrying a knife, King said.
An undetermined amount was stolen by the robbers from the register and from the second cash drawer that was being brought in during the shift change. The robbers also stole a cellphone.
The robbers fled, likely escaping in a car.
“The whole thing lasted three to four minutes at the most,” King said.
State troopers arrived to assist in the investigation during the early hours of this morning.
Detectives were able to track the robbers’ location using the stolen cellphone’s GPS system until the phone was turned off by the robbers, police said.
“They were headed for Route 2 at Fort Devens when they shut the phone down and we lost track of them,” King said. “It looks likely they’re traveling west toward the Fitchburg area.”
The robbers appeared to be in their late teens and early 20s.
State Police are assisting Littleton detectives with the investigation.Catalina Gaitan can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan.