Lakewood police officers are searching for a woman suspected of robbing two convenience stores this morning while armed with a handgun.
The first robbery occurred about 3:30 a.m. at a store located on Custer Road West near Bridgeport Way Southwest, Lakewood police Lt. Chris Lawler said. The woman walked in, showed what appeared to be a gun to the clerk and robbed the store.
The second incident took place four hours later at a store in the 12100 block of Pacific Highway Southwest. The woman wielded a gun during the robbery.
The suspect is described as 5 feet 6 and about 180 pounds.
In the first robbery, she wore a grey and black hooded-style sweatshirt. She might have fled in a red van or SUV-type vehicle, Lawler said.
During the second hold-up, the woman wore a black watch cap, black zippered hooded sweatshirt and white T-shirt with the words “Pig Out” and “Park” on the front. She was seen leaving the store in an older, 1980s to 1990s, white/beige panel van. There was gold pin striping along the top portion of the van and the windows may have been tinted.
Two men might also have been in the van.
Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest and charges filed in the robberies. Tipsters may remain anonymous. Crime Stoppers can be reached at 253-591-5959.