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Police seek beer bandits

Post by Sean Robinson / The News Tribune on Nov. 30, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
November 30, 2012 5:14 pm

Tacoma police are searching for a pair of suspects in a series of convenience-store robberies.

The thief typically sought money from the cash register; more often, he took beer, cigarettes, lighters and cheap cigars.

The six incidents took place between Oct. 25 and Nov. 6. The robberies followed the same pattern: a man wearing a hoodie and a bandanna over his face, armed with a handgun. Sometimes the man brought an accomplice.

The first strike came at the Jubilee Restaurant in the 800 block of South 38th Street. The last incident hit Big Willy’s Market in the 4300 block of South M Street. That one might have spooked the thieves; an armed customer drew a gun and fired off a couple of rounds at the fleeing suspects, who dropped their stolen beer, said Tacoma Police spokesman Mark Fulghum.

In one incident, the key suspect ordered store customers to carry stolen beer to his car, Fulghum said.

Surveillance video captured images of the thief. Tacoma-Pierce County Crimestoppers issued an alert that includes surveillance photos, attached below. The suspects are described as young men, 20 to 25, between 5-feet-6 and 5-feet-8, with thin builds.

“Hopefully, somebody will recognize one of these guys, or remember somebody showing up with a bunch of beer and Swisher Sweets,” Fulghum said.

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