Armed robbers hit local market

Last night about half an hour past midnight three young men, two of them armed, walked into Valley View Market, 107 W. Lincoln Ave. in Sunnyside, and demanded the clerk hand over cash.

According to Sunnyside Police Department Det. Joe Guillen, one of the subjects was holding a handgun and the other a rifle. None of them were wearing masks, but two of the subjects had hoods, said Guillen. The third suspect had light brown hair. All three of the men, who are estimated to be between 15 and 20 years old, have been described as having light complexions.

After taking a small amount of cash from the clerk, the suspect headed north on First Street, up Harrison Hill, said Guillen.

A short time later, police found an abandoned car on Thill Avenue. They learned the car had been stolen from Yakima. The vehicle had been reported missing at about 10 p.m. last night.

Investigators believe there was possibly another vehicle waiting for the three on Thill Avenue.

Guillen, who is still in the beginning stages of the investigation of the robbery, said it is difficult to say if the suspects are from the Lower Valley, or from the Yakima area.

The robbery is not believed to be related to any recent such cases. He said most of those involved in the rash of robberies in Sunnyside last summer have been arrested and are currently serving time.

Still early in the investigation, Guillen said any lead can be reported to the Sunnyside Police Department, 836-2120.

Police will not release the amount of cash taken, but have said that from estimates given by the clerk, the amount was very minimal.

Guillen added that the clerk, although shaken, fared well. He was not injured in the incident and no one else was in the store.


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