For the second time in three weeks, a masked man has robbed a local convenience store, making off before police arrived.
Early Monday morning, a man wearing a disguise that covered most of his body walked into the Whiting gas station, at 910 S. Beeline Highway, brandished a gun and demanded money from the clerk, according to police.
The clerk was not injured and there was no one else in the store at the time.
The man ran off with an undisclosed amount of money before officers arrived just after 3 a.m.
Similarly, on Nov. 8, a masked man walked into the Circle K, at 606 N. Beeline
Highway, demanded money and walked away before officers could respond.
Det. Matt Van Camp, who is investigating both cases, would not describe how either burglar was dressed, saying it could affect the outcome of the cases.
Van Camp says it is not clear if the armed robberies are connected.
Van Camp does not believe either of the gas station robberies is connected to an armed robbery in the Star Valley area on Halloween.
In that case, a man wearing camouflage jumped out of the bushes with a gun and demanded money from a couple sitting in a vehicle off Mayfield Canyon Road. That man also ran off and has not been apprehended.
Anyone with information about the convenience store robberies is asked to call the Payson Police Department at (928) 474-5242, ext 251.