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Woman with fake ‘stache sought in armed robberies

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Sep. 14, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
September 14, 2009 12:17 pm

Pierce County sheriff’s investigators are trying to identify a woman suspected of drawing a mustache on her face and robbing three east Pierce County businesses (and trying to rob a fourth) at gunpoint in a 16-hour span last week.

Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information leading to the woman’s arrest and charged filed against her.

Investigators believe the woman robbed three coffee stands the afternoon and night of Sept. 8, then a pharmacy the morning of Sept. 9.

The first robbery occurred at 4:43 p.m. at the Big Foot Java, 12305 Meridian E. A woman walked up to the coffee stand window, demanded cash from a barista and displayed a gun, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The robber put the money in a plastic bag and fled.

Less than two hours later, the same robber is believed to have held up the Coffee Cabin, 9415 State Route 162, in Orting. The barista was closing up the stand at 6:20 p.m. when the woman approached, pulled out a gun and demanded cash, investigators reported.  The robber took money and left.

Shortly before 11 p.m. that night, investigators believe the same woman tried to rob the Big Foot Java, 17526 Meridian E. The robber walked up to the coffee stand window and demanded cash about 10:50 p.m.

The barista refused to hand over any money. The robber displayed a handgun but the barista again refused to give the woman any money. The suspect left.

In all three incidents, the robber was described as white, 25 years old, 5 feet 4 and 130 pounds. She had drawn a mustache on her face with a marker and wore a dark blue hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, pink beanie and sunglasses.

The next morning, detectives believe the same woman robbed Kirk’s Pharmacy, 11212 Sunrise Blvd. E. She walked up to the pharmacy counter about 8:40 a.m.,  shouted at the clerk to hand over Oxycontin and pulled out a gun of her pocket, investigators reported.

An employee gave the robber some pills. The robber put the pills into a plastic bag and ran from the store.

The robber was described as white, in her 20s, 5 feet 4 and weighs 120 pounds. She wore sunglasses, a dark knit cap, gray zippered hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and a fake mustache,  investigators report.

Sheriff’s investigators were working to get surveillance images of the robber.

Investigators ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 253-591-5959. Callers will remain anonymous.

The case was featured recently on Washington’s Most Wanted. Find that story here.

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