Robbery of tobacco shop reported on Steamboat Island Road Monday night

Staff writerNovember 26, 2013 

A man robbed the Skookum Creek Tobacco Outlet in the 6200 block of Steamboat Island Road Monday night.

A clerk at the store said a man wearing a ski mask walked up to the drive-up window about 6:20 p.m., said he had a gun and told her to give him all the money from the cash drawer, Thurston County Sheriff's Sgt. Ken Clark said.

The clerk told deputies she could not see a gun, but he had his hand in one of his pockets of a heavy camouflage jacket as if he may have had a gun, Clark said. She complied with his demands, and he fled the area on foot, Clark said.

Responding sheriff's deputies tried to have a K9 unit track the suspect's movements from the shop, and the dog's scent ended in a nearby gravel parking area, Clark said. Tire marks left in the gravel indicate a vehicle drove from the area at a high rate of speed, he added.

The suspect is described as a white male, possibly in his 20s, wearing a tan ski mask and a heavy camouflage jacket. Sheriff's deputies hope to have surveillance footage from the robbery soon, Clark said.

Anyone with information about the crime is encouraged to call the Thurston County Sheriff's detectives division at 360-786-5530.




Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445

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