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Gunman takes cash at Empire Foods

A robber wearing a mask and armed with a handgun took money from a clerk about 10 p.m. Tuesday at Empire Foods, 5434 N. Nevada St., Spokane police said.

The robber fled on foot with all of the cash register money.

A citizen chased the fleeing robber on foot for several blocks but lost sight of the gunman in the 1200 block of East Rowan Avenue. The robber was described as white, about 6 feet tall with a thin build. He was wearing a black coat, black hooded sweatshirt, a black mask and dark pants. He had the hood pulled over his head with a mask to conceal his face. The handgun was black.

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



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