The Sunoco station on Exchange Street in Colonie was robbed early Monday morning.

The person held up the employee at gunpoint and stole $15 dollars. If the bandit gets caught, they could get 25 years in prison.

In a story from the Times Union, the description of the thief is white, in his mid-to-late 20s, 5-foot-7 and weighing 170 pounds. He was also  wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, dark knit cap and dark ski mask, and was carrying a black handgun.

The thing that I wonder, especially with stories like this, if this guy gets caught and does time, was it really worth it? It was $15 dollars - that's it! I don't condone robbing anyone, but I just don't understand why someone would do this? We're talking jail time and a criminal record for $15 dollars.

I know times are tough for a lot of people, but wouldn't it be easier just to walk along the road and pick up empty cans and bottles, and then go get the refund money? Another thing is what kind of psychological effect this may have on the employee that was held up. I feel bad for that employee.