CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: Weekend store robbery

We reported briefly Saturday night on a police search following a business robbery at 35th/Roxbury. Today we’ve obtained the report; here’s what police say happened at the Cheap Smokes and Beer store (9450 35th SW):

Around 9:15 pm, three people entered the store – described as males, all wearing masks and gloves. One, wearing a black jacket, black pants, and red mask, jumped over the counter and started hitting the clerk, at least eight times. The second robber, wearing a gray jacket, black pants, and white mask, also jumped over the counter and began stuffing cigarettes into a purple bag. He then took the register off the counter and gave it to the third robber. All three took off with the register, cigarettes, and the victim’s Galaxy S4 phone, in a case that also had his ID and other cards. They were last seen headed northbound; a subsequent K9 search suggested they had then gone into the alley east of the building, but the trail ended there, so it’s possible they got into a vehicle. The clerk had a “small lump on the right side of his forehead” but told officers he didn’t need medical attention

6 Replies to "CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: Weekend store robbery"

  • Steve October 21, 2019 (3:37 pm)

    You should never store your cards in a phone case. That phone goes, so does everything.

    • Elton October 21, 2019 (11:20 pm)

      While I don’t necessarily advocate for putting cards in a phone case, isn’t the same true about your wallet? You have to keep your credit cards and ID somewhere. Security is always a compromise between protecting yourself and convenience/practicality.  Anyway, I hope they catch these guys. Clearly a pre-meditated robbery, glad the shopkeeper isn’t in worse shape, physically.

  • Pizzaguy October 21, 2019 (4:07 pm)

    Wonder if this is related to SeaTac Bobs Burgers robbery Saturday night? Sounds like 3 people in each situation. 

    • WSB October 21, 2019 (4:44 pm)

      Pretty much impossible. I have the KCSO news release on that, which says the SeaTac robbery happened at 9:06 pm (nine minutes before this one). Even at very high speed it would take longer to get from there to here.

  • Yma October 21, 2019 (5:15 pm)

    GrrrrrrrI’m glad the shopkeeper is ok.masks – I’m seeing more masks & not the health kind. Not many – but some. 

  • 1994 October 21, 2019 (9:42 pm)

    Yikes! Video surveillance won’t help much if the creepers are wearing masks! Maybe a home owner had a camera in the alley? Maybe the stolen phone has one of those trackers activated? 

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