WELLS — Deputies arrested a man Sunday who they believe robbed the Sinclair gas station in Wells at gunpoint late Friday evening, said Elko County Sheriff Jim Pitts.

The man handed the cashier a note that said, “give me all your money I have a gun,” and flashed a handgun under his jacket around 11 p.m., Pitts said.

He and an accomplice immediately drove away after he grabbed the cash, Pitts said.

Jason Avila, 37, was arrested by White Pine Sheriff’s deputies Sunday morning at a different gas station where he was stopped, Pitts said.

Avila and 32-year-old Laverne Tolson were booked into Elko County Jail Sunday afternoon.

Deputies believe Avila entered the gas station at 174 Highway 93 in Wells while Tolson waited outside in a car. Avila got two drinks and two snacks and then went to the cashier with the note.

When the cashier asked if he was serious, Avila lifted his jacket and exposed a handgun, Pitts said. The cashier gave Avila the cash out of the register.

The two were seen headed to Ely and the Elko County Sheriff’s Office notified the White Pine County Sheriff’s Office that the white Toyota 4Runner was headed their way, Pitts said.

Both Avila and Tolson are from Wasilla, Alaska, according to their booking information.

Avila was booked on charges of burglary, petit larceny, robbery with a deadly weapon and carrying a concealed weapon without permission.

His bail was listed at $19,637.

Tolson was booked on charges of conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to commit robbery.

Her bail was listed at $10,000.

Detectives were headed to White Pine County on Monday afternoon with a search warrant to look through the vehicle, Pitts said.


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