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Woman charged in six armed robberies in Tacoma

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Dec. 5, 2011 at 6:59 am |
December 5, 2011 10:50 am

Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 40-year-old woman with a string of armed robberies in recent weeks in Tacoma.

Linda Jo Hollingsworth was charged Friday with two counts of first-degree robbery, four counts of second-degree robbery and two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance. She was ordered held in Pierce County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail during her arraignment Friday.

Charging documents allege Hollingsworth is responsible for the following robberies:

* Oct. 24 at KJ Market, 6405 Mckinley Ave., in Tacoma. The robber claimed to have a gun and became forceful when the clerk initially refused to hand over money.

* Nov. 7 at an AM/PM, 5433 S. Orchard St., in Tacoma. The robber claimed to have a gun in her purse.

* Nov. 11 at the Shell gas station at 5407 Tacoma Mall Blvd. The robber claimed to have a gun. The clerk told investigators the robber handled a candy box on the counter. A fingerprint lifted from the box matched Hollingsworth.

* Nov. 14 at Subway, 6402 S. Yakima Ave. The robber wielded what appeared to be a silver revolver.

* Nov. 25 at Subway, 1407 E. 72nd St. The robber claimed to have a gun in her purse.

* Nov. 28 at Spud’s Pizza, 7025 Pacific Ave. The robber again claimed to have a gun in her purse.

Several of the victimized employees picked Hollingsworth out of a photo montage.

When she was arrested, Hollingsworth had heroin and cocaine in her pocket, charging documents state.

Prosecutors noted that Hollingsworth could be responsible for at least three more robberies.

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