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No more leads in recent armed robbery

Even with a list of witnesses to a robbery that occurred at TW Market this past weekend, Sunnyside police are no closer to making an arrest in the latest armed robbery.

Police believe an estimated $1,000 was taken from the store when it was robbed at gun point last Friday night.

Witnesses saw what is believed to be a dark blue Ford leaving the scene, but, according to Det. Jim Orth of the Sunnyside Police Department, a vehicle matching that description has not been located.

Police have sent out the car description to police departments around Eastern Washington and have not had any of the departments return information on similar vehicles.

"The car hasn't been seen in this area," said Orth. "There's not a lot of information even though we had a lot of witnesses."

With summer at hand, the number of armed robberies typically increases in the Lower Valley, according to Orth.

He said store owners are frequently targeted for robbery, such as corner markets, but they can do a few things to make their businesses less desirable targets.

He said that one of the best things to do is hire another clerk, just so there are two people in the store at the same time.

"The more people there are, the safer it is," he said.

Orth added that good lighting in the neighborhood and around the business are also deterrents to those wanting to rob a business.

"The police can't be everywhere," he said. "We just can't stop at every store like we used to."

But, he said, by clearing windows of advertisements, police and others driving by a business can look inside the windows and see what is going on. He said windows clear of advertisements deter thieves.

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