The headlines across the country tell the story. In large cities and small towns alike, gas stations are being robbed at gunpoint and we can only hope that the cashiers and employees who are confronted are able to turn over the cash without injury.

In Michigan alone reports in recent weeks from Grand Rapids, Niles and Detroit suggest that gas station holdups are dominating police blotters... but Detroit may have a lock on it.

In Detroit, robbers with AK-47s hit two gas stations Dec 5th and police there are looking for four suspects and a white Chevy Impala. They believe the four men involved robbed at least 11 gas stations in a two-week period. And just hours after police put out a public notice about the robberies, the group stuck yet again, robbing six different stations in one hour. Fortunately, no one was hurt in any of these incidents.

Meanwhile the Niles City PD is investigating five armed robberies involving two Admiral gas stations there.

In Columbia, MO, police are investigating multiple gas station robberies there as well.

And in Frankfort, KY police are looking for a robber who held up a gas station wearing a Spiderman mask.

Of course, civilians can easily become involved too. In Buffalo, NY police are investigating an armed robbery of a vehicle at a Riverside area gas station in the city's northwest district. A woman told police that two men put a silver handgun in her face before stealing her 1998 Buick Century. The robbery occurred at 2:15 am. (Not a good time to stop for gas!)

Clearly, some robbers are more adept than others. In Ft. Lauderdale, FL a gun-toting robber failed to rip off a Shell gas station and was mocked by the attendant there. According to the Broward County Sheriffs Office, the suspect walked into the station holding a black garbage bag next to his leg, grabbed a Snickers bar and placed it on the counter. He pulled a gun out of the bag, pointed it at the attendant and demanded her cell phone. The attendant, who was behind protective glass, recognized the suspect as a regular customer and promptly gave him a middle-finger greeting. When the suspect couldn't get in the door to get at the attendant, he grabbed his Snickers bar and fled.

I'm betting that police will have him locked up quickly. The attendant described him as a young black male, wearing a baseball cap, black pants and a hooded grey sweatshirt with "Varsity 92" on the front. Oh, yes, they've got video of the failed robbery attempt too.

Be cautious and stay safe!