Authorities capture gas station robbers

By Scott Graves, The Curry Coastal Pilot

Two New Mexico men suspected of robbing a Brookings gas station attendant at gunpoint Monday are in jail after authorities pulled the pair over in Bandon and arrested them without incident.

The suspects admitted to their roles in the robbery of a gas attendant at the Conoco gas station at the corner of Chetco Avenue and Alder Street, said Brookings Police Lt. Donny Dotson.

At about 8 p.m. Monday, the gas station attendant called 911 and reported that a masked man pointed a gun him and demanded money from the cash register.

The attendant refused and ran from the suspect, Dotson said.

The gunman fled the scene on foot when a customer vehicle pulled up to the gas pumps.

Brookings Police officers responding to the call searched the area, spoke with potential witnesses and viewed surveillance video footage.

Using information gathered, the Brookings Police Department sent out a computerized message to neighboring jurisdictions describing the crime, the suspect and a possible vehicle description.

At midnight, Bandon Police Officers and Coos County Sheriff's Deputies made contact with the two men in a red 1994 Honda registered out of New Mexico. Authorities searched the car and found "unique clothing" consistent with that worn by the Brookings robbery suspect, the mask and a realistic looking pellet pistol.

The pair admitted to the crime and were booked into the Coos County Jail, awaiting transport to the Curry County Jail.

The suspects were Justin D. Sanchez-Martinez, 24, and Gary Gardner, 25.

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