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January 21, 2010 at 10:23 AM

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PHOTO: Seattle police seek brazen bandit

Posted by John de Leon


Surveillance photo of man who robbed a Seattle grocery store on Monday.

Seattle police have released this surveillance photo of a man who robbed a grocery store in the 10200 block of Aurora Avenue North on Monday.

The man walked into the store around 9:15 a.m. and asked a clerk for a pack of Marlboro cigarettes. When the clerk put the cigarettes on the counter the man put his hand behind his back, suggesting that he was armed with a gun. The man then walked behind the counter and grabbed money from the register.

Detectives believe the man is responsible for five other commercial robberies in the North Precinct. Police say he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone who recognizes the man is asked to call either 911 or the Seattle Police Robbery Unit at 206-684-5535. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800 222-TIPS (8477) or text CRIMES (274637). Text messages should include "TIP486" to ensure proper routing.

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