1818 Market Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
Dear Mr. MacDonald,
We are writing to you as neighbors and community leaders from the City of Takoma Park, Maryland. A Sunoco gas station in our community has been the source of more than a dozen assaults and robberies in the past three years, typically involving a suspect grabbing valuables and electronics from unlocked cars while owners are pumping gas or paying for gas. On several occasions there have been cars stolen as well.
We realize that your position as CEO provides you with limited opportunities to influence the behavior of individual franchise operators. However, our Chief of Police has repeatedly discussed crimes at this gas station with the community and has publicly stated that the owners of the Sunoco gas station have not been very cooperative with the Police Department's efforts to make the gas station a safer place for customers. While staff and the station manager have been helpful, additional requests by our Police Chief to the station owner have fallen on deaf ears.
Robberies, assault and other crimes at this Sunoco gas station are a concern throughout our community and neighborhoods. We ask your help in working with the Takoma Park Police Department to make this gas station a safer part of our community.