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Tall female robber demands cash, cigarettes at Snoqualmie 76 station

Surveillance cameras show a masked, gun-wielding robber holding up the Snoqualmie 76 station early Wednesday morning, June 23. Police seek tips to catch the suspect, a heavyset, tall woman. - Courtesy Photo
Surveillance cameras show a masked, gun-wielding robber holding up the Snoqualmie 76 station early Wednesday morning, June 23. Police seek tips to catch the suspect, a heavyset, tall woman.
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The woman who robbed the Snoqualmie 76 station early Wednesday morning left nothing to chance.

Suited up in a red ski mask, hooded sweatshirt, sunglasses and gloves, the tall, heavyset robber walked straight to the counter just before 3:30 a.m. June 23, displayed a pistol and demanded cigarettes and money.

The frightened clerk couldn't provide much of a description of the robber, who masked the color of her skin, eyes and hair behind layers of clothing.

"She didn't show much," said Snoqualmie Police Department Spokeswoman Becky Munson. "She was going to make sure a camera didn't get her."

The woman walked to the store, and left on foot, managing to evade a Bellevue Police canine unit sent to track her. The police dog couldn't find any evidence, and King County Sheriff's Deputies and Washington State Troopers also searched the area, to no avail.

The clerk, who no longer works for the business, noticed someone standing outside the building with her back to the door. When she turned, the clerk saw she was wearing a mask.

The robber got away with about $1,000 in cash.

The robbery was the first one in Snoqualmie to involve a gun in nine years.

Snoqualmie 76 owner Mike Forghani said it was the first robbery at his business in his eight years at the store.

Snoqualmie Police, who released information on the burglary Thursday, planned to release video surveillance tape to regional television stations in attempt to turn up leads.

Tips in the burglary can be given to Snoqualmie Sergeant Chris Todd or Officer Kim Stonebraker at (425) 888-3333.

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