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WELCOME TO MAVERIK, WOULD YOU LIKE TO EMPTY THE REGISTER?

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Maybe it just seems like Maverik Country Stores get robbed at a rate double that of other local gas stations. Or maybe they should consider changing the name to something that doesn't share thesaurus space with "rebel" and "scofflaw," because local mavericks appear to be exclusively drawn to the stores--similar to how names like "Doggie Coiffeur" or "Christian Bookstore" lure in their intended audiences. Two of the famed cheap-ass gas joints came into the crosshairs of robbers last week, and according to the Ada County Sheriff's Office, the same robber has been responsible.

The first heist occurred at 10:50 p.m. on September 24, at the Maverik on the corner of Victory and Cole roads. The suspect was described as a 20-something of unclear ethnicity, approximately five feet, eight inches tall and weighing in around 160 to 180 pounds. He was dressed all in black, had tied a bandana over his face and threatened the clerk with a fixed-blade hunting knife. The second suspect, who robbed a Maverick two miles away at the corner of Five Mile and Victory at 2:20 a.m. on September 29, garnered a similar description--except that witnesses say he was Hispanic, and stuck the clerk up with a semi-automatic handgun. Detectives believe the same man may be responsible for both robberies, and are asking for information at 343-COPS.

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