Brazil City Police Chief Dave Archer said authorities are on the lookout for an armed robber.
Close to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, police were dispatched to the Marathon gas station, 370 E. National Ave., Brazil, after employees said an armed man walked into the station and demanded money from the cash register.
The suspect was described as a white male in his mid to late 40s, with a gray beard and mustache, standing between 5-foot-3 and 5-foot-6. At the time of the altercation, the suspect was said to be wearing blue jeans, a blue hooded-jacket and a red shirt.
"I was in the council meeting," Archer told The Brazil Times Wednesday morning.
Archer said some people and a station employee witnessed the event.
He said the station employee was outside on a break when she saw a man standing by the propane tanks.
Following the break, the employee walked back into the store as the man followed.
The employee told authorities the man asked for a carton of cigarettes before the robbery took place.
Archer said the employee told authorities the suspect said, "I don't want to scare you," before lifting his shirt and displaying a semi automatic handgun.
"He demanded the money in the register," Archer said, stating the suspect took an undisclosed amount of cash.
The station has a safe on the premises, but according to Archer, the suspect did not take any money from the safe, fleeing on foot northeast around the side of the building.
Archer said it has been a while since a robbery of this kind took place in the city.
"We don't have a lot of them here," he said. "This is a rare occurrence.
"We're checking out all of our leads."
Archer said no one was injured during the robbery.
Anyone with information regarding the crime is urged to call the police department at 446-2211.