Furious Texas mom offers $10,000 reward after son, 21, and his friends were robbed at gunpoint at Oakland gas station, as violence in notorious city spikes 21%

A Texas attorney is offering a $10,000 reward after her son was attacked at an Oakland gas station.

The 21-year-old was attacked by a group of armed robbers who approached his car at a gas station near Oakland International Airport on Monday.

Attorney Maxey Scherr said her son was on his way back from celebrating his 21st birthday in Sonoma and Napa over the weekend when he and his friends were attacked.

The group stopped at the station to fill up the tank at the 76 gas station on Hegenberger Road around 2:00 p.m. when the robbery took place.

“It’s pretty disgusting if it’s true that this happens once a day with Thrifty (rental company) vehicles,” Scherr told the San Francisco Chronicle.

Texas attorney offers $10,000 reward after son attacked at Oakland gas station

Texas attorney offers $10,000 reward after son attacked at Oakland gas station

The incident took place in an area around the Oakland airport that has become notorious for vehicle thefts

The incident took place in an area around the Oakland airport that has become notorious for vehicle thefts

The 21-year-old was attacked by a group of armed robbers who approached his car at a gas station near Oakland International Airport on Monday.

The 21-year-old was attacked by a group of armed robbers who approached his car at a gas station near Oakland International Airport on Monday.

“It puts a very bad light on Oakland.”

‘I feel that it just can’t be. This shouldn’t be the way of life out there,’ she said.

Adds: ‘We shouldn’t just accept that this is just the way it should be.’

The incident occurred in an area around the Oakland airport that has become notorious for vehicle thefts.

Within a single square mile, police claim criminals strike a dozen times or more each day, mainly targeting victims on their way to and from the airport.

Less than a mile away, a Shell gas station on Hegenberger Road is also plagued by thefts. About five hundred yards from the Shell, another Chevron is also a hotspot. And next to that, the parking lot of an In-N-Out Burger is hit daily.

Police say the criminals, who work in well-organized groups, follow the same playbook: a spotter watches for targets, usually renters on their way to or from the airport, as they pull into gas stations.

Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao has tried to deflect blame for the increase in crime, which also includes a 38 percent rise in robberies between 2022 and 2023.  In the photo: A vehicle that was broken into at the Shell gas station on Hegenberger Road

Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao has tried to deflect blame for the increase in crime, which also includes a 38 percent rise in robberies between 2022 and 2023. In the photo: A vehicle that was broken into at the Shell gas station on Hegenberger Road

An Audi broken into at the Chevron on 98th Ave

A car was broken into in the In-N-Out Burger parking lot

Photos show an Audi crashed into the Chevron on 98th Ave (left) and a car targeted in the In-N-Out Burger parking lot (right).

A victim at the Chevron on Hegenberger Road said their back window was smashed when they pulled away after getting gas, but nothing was taken

A victim at the Chevron on Hegenberger Road said their back window was smashed when they pulled away after getting gas, but nothing was taken

Patrols have also been stepped up at an In-N-Out Burger where parked cars are often targeted

Patrols have also been stepped up at an In-N-Out Burger where parked cars are often targeted

They then alert accomplices, who pull into a vehicle when the targets start pumping fuel. Often they smash a rear window or open the trunk of unlocked vehicles before making off with luggage and valuables. The thefts only take seconds.

The spike earned the Shell the nickname ‘America’s Most Dangerous Gas Station’. The two Chevron sites are also top contenders for the unwanted title.

Online reviews for these gas stations and the In-N-Out are flooded with dozens of complaints from customers who have been hit by the scammers.

One shocking video from the In-N-Out parking lot shows a thief smashing into a black SUV in broad daylight. The crook leans, feet off the ground, through the vehicle’s rear window and grabs several items before escaping into a waiting getaway car as more than a dozen bystanders look on.

Another clip from outside the Shell shows a thief using the exact same method to steal a backpack from the trunk. Feet off the ground, he leans against a broken rear window to pick up loot before escaping.

The victim said he was parked for less than two minutes. “Stay away from this place at all costs,” the review said. “The thieves were brave enough to use my credit cards at this exact gas station later that day.”

A policeman patrolling outside the Shell on Thursday told DailyMail.com: ‘It’s always gone on but not to the extent it is now.’

The officer’s assessment is backed up by official crime statistics for Oakland that show auto theft has risen nearly 50 percent in the past year. There were 8,675 car theft cases in the city in 2022, compared to 12,956 last year.

The officer said they often see repeat offenders. “We see somebody and they get arrested, then a week later they’re out again,” the cop said.

He said the police public information office would be able to answer further questions, but the city’s media team did not respond to a request for comment Friday.

Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao has tried to deflect blame for the rise in crime, which also includes a 38 percent rise in robberies between 2022 and 2023.

Thao, 38, who took office in January of last year, said that crime in Oakland ‘has been steadily increasing since 2019’ and it is ‘dishonest for anyone to say that crime only started increasing under my watch’.

The solution, according to officers on the ground, is to abandon the progressive legislation that has curbed their powers.

“It’s a social experiment and it’s not working,” said one. “Why don’t we stick to things that work?”