Cops on the hunt for Cricket robber

Watch as an armed robber sticks up a wireless store in Madison South, and you’ll see why police ask for your help in this robbery case …

While an employee took out the trash from this wireless store, an armed thug was waiting to be let in.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
When an employee stepped left the store about 1:00 p.m. on April 5 – and locked the door – to take out some trash, an individual looking like a potential customer turned up and waited outside the Cricket Wireless store, located just east of 82nd Avenue at 8226 NE Fremont Street.

Once inside, the older-looking fellow, a described “snappy dresser” with a purple slouch hat and white athletic socks and tennis shoes, made it clear that he didn’t want a cell phone – he was there to rob the store.

This frame capture from the store’s video surveillance system shows the armed robber pulling the gun.

“The suspect displayed a handgun, and demanded money from the employee,” said Portland Police Bureau Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson. “After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect left the store and was last seen walking eastbound, toward Mt. Tabor, on foot.”
Several officers checked the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspect’s description, Simpson said.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 50s, 5’10” tall, gray hair, a purple bandana on his head, red & gray shirt, blue shorts, and black shoes – certainly with poor fashion sense; but armed with a handgun.

The employee hands over a wad of cash to the armed robbery suspect in this video surveillance still frame.

>> CLICK HERE to see the video of this armed robbery taking place.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or in any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at their official, secure website: CLICK HERE to open that page. Or, text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information. Tips can be left in English or Spanish.

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