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Category: Robbery


Two convenience stores in Tacoma robbed overnight

Tacoma police said two gas stations were robbed in the city overnight but are not related.

The first happened just before 10 p.m. Tuesday in the 8200 block of Hosmer Street. An armed, masked man walked into the business and demanded cash. He fled on foot after the clerk gave him money from the cash register.

The second holdup occurred about 3:30 a.m. in the 2600 block of South 38th Street. In that case, the robber was armed with a razor blade and demanded money before fleeing the convenience store.

Police have not made arrests in either robbery.


KIRO: Suspicious package left behind at Parkland robbery

Our friends at KIRO-TV are reporting that a man robbed the Money Tree store in the 10400 block of Pacific Avenue in Parkland this morning, leaving behind a suspicious package.

Authorities closed down Pacific for a time while explosives experts dismantled the package, which turned out not to be a bomb.

No word on arrests.


Man charged with holding up one Tacoma store being investigated in other robberies

A 26-year-old Tacoma man who pleaded not guilty Monday to robbing a 6th Avenue shop over the weekend is being investigated in a string of other robberies, police said.

Kashif Oyeniyi is charged with one count each of first-degree robbery and obstructing a law enforcement officer. Superior Court Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered him jailed in lieu of $250,000 bail at his arraignment.

Pierce County prosecutors contend in charging papers he walked into the Beer, Smoke and More shop about 8:30 p.m. Saturday and pointed a handgun at the clerk before snatching the cash register from the counter and running.


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3 Tacoma businesses robbed at gunpoint

Three Tacoma businesses were robbed at gunpoint Friday night, all with similar methods.

Tacoma Police reported early Saturday morning that armed robberies occurred in the 1000 block of 38th Street, in the 3100 block of Sixth Avenue and in the 2400 block of North Proctor Street.

In each of the cases, police said a suspect walked into the business, displayed a handgun and demanded money. In each case, a clerk handed over cash and the suspect fled on foot.

Responding officers were unable to locate suspects in any of the crimes.


Witness interviewed about Tacoma robbery later charged with the crime

From the catch-up file:

According to court records:

A Tacoma officer approached a car parked near a 7-Eleven May 10 that had just been robbed, and the man inside said he’d just seen someone wearing a cowboy hat run off with a green bag.

The man had been running like he’d committed a crime, he said with a Russian accent, which he dropped partway through the conversation with the officer.

He said he had family members in law enforcement in other parts of the country, and asked if he could leave.

The officer gave him the go

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

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,

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Tacoma police seek two men who robbed convenience store

Tacoma police are asking the public to help identify two armed men who robbed a convenience store May 6.

The incident took place about 3:10 a.m. at a 7/11 store in the 3100 block of South Tyler Street.

The men displayed a gun after entering the store and demanded cash from the clerk. They stole money, cigarettes and scratch tickets before fleeing.

One suspect is described as a Pacific Islander in his 20s, 5-feet-11 with a heavy build and black hair. He was wearing black shorts, a red T-shirt, black sandals and a black-and-white hooded sweatshirt with a red bandana

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Kent: Suspect in botched jewelry store robbery is shot twice; remains at large

An armed man who tried to rob a Kent jewelry store late this morning was shot twice by the store’s owner, but still managed to flee the scene and remains at large as of 4:30 p.m., Kent police officials said.

Now, police are searching for the suspect in connection with the attempted robbery of Bonaci Fine Jewelers at 302 East Smith Street.

Kent Police Sgt. Jarod Kasner issued the following press release today about the incident:

KENT, Wash. – May 4, 2013– At

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