SAVOY — Police are searching for a man who robbed a Thornton's gas station early Christmas morning.
A clerk was preparing whipped-cream topping for the store's gourmet coffee machines in a back room of the gas station at 101 Burwash Ave. at 2:48 a.m. Tuesday when a man wearing a black "ninja-style" ski mask over his face robbed the business, according to police reports.
The clerk gave the suspect $244.52 in cash in a white plastic Thornton's bag. The suspect also demanded money from a safe, but the clerk said she did not have access to it.
The suspect then fled northbound toward Burwash Avenue, according to police reports. The clerk was not injured.
The clerk said the suspect kept his right hand tucked into his right pants pocket, where she saw an object that resembled a semi-automatic handgun.
She said the suspect never displayed a gun to her.
The suspect is described as a 5-foot-4 light-skinned black man who weighs about 170 pounds. He was wearing a large "puffy" black coat, black pants, black winter gloves and dark shoes that had a small silver patch on the shoelace area near the top of the shoe.