JP Auto Service Held Up at Gunpoint

JP Auto Service, Jan. 5, 2015.

Chris Helms

JP Auto Service, Jan. 5, 2015.

UPDATE: Police have released a photo of someone they’d like to identify in connection with this incident.


The owner of JP Auto Service says he’s given police everything they need to catch the man – and possible accomplice – who robbed his business at gunpoint on Saturday before fleeing into the surrounding neighborhood.

The incident took place about 7 p.m. Saturday at the 429 Centre St. gas station, according to Police Officer Rachel McGuire. The suspect was described as a white man in his 30s, between 5-10 and 6-0 with a slim build and brown hair. He was wearing a gray, black and white jacket over a gray hoodie. He fled toward Barbara Street. Police couldn’t find him.

Station owner George Pavlidis said surveillance video shows the man waiting by the Whole Foods fence, then putting on sunglasses and walking over. He said an accomplice waited in a station wagon by the bus stop at Whole Foods. Pavlides said an MBTA bus passing at the time may have video of the license plate of the station wagon.

“I’m expecting a lot from police,” said the station owner. “We’ve given them a lot of evidence.”

No one was hurt in the robbery, he said.