The owners of a gas station and convenience store between Soldotna and Kasilof had their illusions of friendly, small-town business ownership shattered by an armed robber Saturday morning.
TJ Seggy’s, at Mile 102.2 of the Sterling Highway, was robbed at about 8:20 a.m. Saturday by a white male with blonde hair and a slender build, according to Alaska State Trooper Investigator Mark Pearson with the Alaska Bureau of Investigation.
“This was armed robbery. This is way beyond thievery,” said Terri Segesser, who owns TJ Seggy’s with her husband, John. “This is in-your-face armed robbery. This is so different. This is Anchorage, not here.”
One employee was in the store at the time of the robbery, but no one was hurt, Pearson said.
“But she’s pretty shook up,” John Segesser said. The employee was not identified.
John Segesser said the robber took a few hundred dollars that were in the till.
Pearson said the man left in a vehicle, but he did not provide a description. Troopers did not identify a suspect as of Saturday evening, but Pearson said the investigation is continuing.
The store was closed until around Saturday noon, but is again open during its regular business hours.
The store does have security cameras, which the Segessers installed not long after they bought the business about a year ago.
“We’re kind of surprised that this would happen down here,” John Segesser said. “Before we had security cameras we had people running off after fill-ups, but that kind of stopped since we had security cameras put in.”
Terri Segesser said she’s heard of break-ins and thefts at the J-Bar-B and Tustumena Smokehouse in the area, but those weren’t on the level of armed robbery.
She wanted to thank the neighborhood for its support and to enlist neighbors’ help in curbing crime.
“Keep their ears open,” she said. “We need a neighborhood watch out here. We don’t want a bad element in this neighborhood. I’m tired of it.”
She also had a message for the robber:
“We work hard for our money. Get a job.”
Jenny Neyman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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