Police: Armed robber fired shot inside Albuquerque gas station

ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (KRQE) – Two people are behind bars after an armed robbery that left customers and employees rattled.

The man fired off a shot before taking off with the cash but he didn’t get far.

Police say 28-year-old Marcus Holly held up a gas station Saturday afternoon.

In catching him, police believe they have now caught a serial armed robber.

Everything seemed calm at the Chevron on Rio Grande Boulevard near I-40 on Saturday afternoon, until a man with a bandana over his face entered and went behind the counter with a gun.

The man, who police identified as Holly, tried to pull the shut cash drawer out of the register. That’s when police say his gun went off.

John Romero was there when it happened.

“I was outside smoking a cigarette and then I heard a pop and looked inside, and that’s when I seen him robbing the store,” said Romero.

The bullet shot through a burrito warming machine. The robber then ran back around the counter and told one of the customers get on the ground.

Police say Holly threatened to shoot the clerk and customers if he didn’t open the drawer. He does and the suspect grabs the money and takes off.

According to the complaint, witnesses saw Holly get into what turned out to be a stolen, white Nissan Sentra with 29-year-old Kimberly Schrepfer.

Officers pulled the car over soon afterward.

Both were arrested on multiple felony charges and appeared in court Sunday.

According to a criminal complaint, more charges could be coming for Holly, who’s a suspect in 10 other armed robberies around Albuquerque.

Police say that for all of the effort, Holly wasn’t able to get away with much, likely only around $100.

Online court records show Holly has a past armed robbery conviction from a few years ago and several other robbery charges on his record.

 

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