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Authorities search for suspect in armed robbery at Whitman County pot shop

April 8, 2019 Updated Mon., April 8, 2019 at 8:21 p.m.

Marijuana buds are seen at a New Jersey growing facility on Friday, March 22, 2019. Authorities were searching Monday, April 4, 2019, for a man who entered a pot shop near Pullman, Washington, pointed a handgun at an employee and escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash. (Julio Cortez / AP)
Marijuana buds are seen at a New Jersey growing facility on Friday, March 22, 2019. Authorities were searching Monday, April 4, 2019, for a man who entered a pot shop near Pullman, Washington, pointed a handgun at an employee and escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash. (Julio Cortez / AP)

Authorities were searching Monday for a man who entered a marijuana shop near Pullman, pointed a handgun at an employee and escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The Whitman County Sheriff’s Office said the robbery occurred at about 9:30 a.m. at the Bud Hut on state Route 270 between Pullman and Moscow.

Sheriff Brett Myers told the Moscow-Pullman Daily News that a suspicious person was reportedly seen crossing Paradise Creek and heading toward the store about 15 minutes before the robbery.

The man, who wore a hooded sweatshirt, also stole the employee’s vehicle, a Chevy Blazer, which was later found unoccupied along Sunshine Road. Myers told the Daily News the robber may have fled in another vehicle.

The Pullman, Moscow and Washington State University police departments are assisting in the investigation.

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