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Warrant issued for man suspected of holding up Pierce County conveniece stores

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on May 22, 2013 at 10:28 am with No Comments »
May 22, 2013 10:28 am

A warrant was issued Tuesday for a 27-year-old man suspected of robbing two convenience stores in Pierce County.

Authorities believe Steven Tongue used a shotgun to hold up two 7-11 stores May 9-10. Prosecutors have charged him with two counts of first-degree robbery.

The first robbery took place in the 13700 block of Pacific Avenue late May 9; the second was in the 5600 block of South Birmingham Street about 1 a.m. May 10.

In both cases, the clerks reported that a man with a shotgun demanded cash before fleeing.

An officer responding to the Tacoma robbery actually interviewed Tongue, not realizing at the time that he was a suspect rather than a witness. The officer recognized Tongue after reviewing surveillance footage of the crimes.

Police have been unable to find Tongue, whose last known address was in Portland but has a California driver’s license.

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