A man wielding a pocketknife is suspected of robbing at least four Spokane businesses.
In each case, he takes a piece of merchandise to the cashier, pulls out a red pocketknife and orders the clerk to put money in a bag, police said.
The crimes occurred at a north Spokane Yoke’s supermarket Aug. 19, the K mart on East Sprague on Sunday, the state liquor store at 3017 S. Grand on Wednesday and Al’s Auto Supply, 3916 N. Division, on Thursday.
In Thursday’s robbery, the suspect was seen entering a red 1981 Ford pickup with a red canopy and damaged rear window.
Spokane County sheriff’s deputies are looking into the possibility that he also was involved in Tuesday’s robbery at Ms. Kitty’s adult bookstore in the Valley. The robber was a man with a red pocketknife.
The thief is described as Native American or Hispanic, in his 30s, 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, 150 pounds, with long black hair in a ponytail.
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