Two tied up during store robbery

Local police searching for three suspects

— Police are still seeking three men they believe were responsible for an armed robbery last Thursday night.

Three men wearing hooded jackets and black masks entered the Smoke Shop Mini-Mart, in the 300 block of South 13th Street, Cmdr. Scott Bailey said. Each was armed with a handgun.

The suspects threatened the store clerk and a customer, forcing them to the ground and binding their hands, Bailey said, noting nobody was injured

The suspects then fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, he said.

Officers initially tracked the suspects.

“Due to the fresh snowfall, officers tracked the suspects’ footprints through the Sunnyside Housing Authority property, where the three split up and the tracks were lost several blocks away,” Bailey said, adding they apparently left in a vehicle.

“The suspects are described as Hispanic males each approximately 6 feet in height weighing approximately 180 pounds,” Bailey said. “Each was wearing a hooded jacket, two were grey, one black or blue in color.”

Police are asking anyone with related information to call the department at 509-836-6200.


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