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Video shows latest Spokane holdup

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The person who robbed a convenience store on the edge of Browne’s Addition Sunday night wore what appears to be a gas mask and carried a rifle, video released today shows.

The 9 p.m. robbery at Sunset Grocery lasted about a minute, with the gun-toting masked man resembling a Halloween ghoul, thanks to the mask and the baggy black sweatshirt.

The robber stuffs cash into a green bag after the clerk opens the drawer, then gets two handfuls of cigarettes and a few traceable lottery cards before leaving.

The rifle was pointed in the clerk’s direction the entire time. It could turn out to be a BB gun, but in Washington, that still counts as first-degree robbery.

The culprit was described as in his mid-30s, medium build, wearing a green or gray hooded sweatshirt and camouflage pants.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

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