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Ryan Johnson, Published January 06 2013

Police investigate armed robbery at 12th Ave. North Stop-N-Go

FARGO – Police here are investigating a Sunday evening armed robbery at a Stop-N-Go convenience store.

Lt. Joel Vettel said police were called to the store at 3220 12th Ave. N. around 7:40 p.m. and set up a perimeter within minutes. The female clerk working at the time reported to officers that the man walked around the store before approaching her at the counter, showing a black handgun and demanding money.

Vettel said the employee turned over an undisclosed amount of cash and the man fled west from the store on foot. He said authorities believe he fled south from that point.

No shots were fired and no one was injured, he said.

Based on the clerk’s statement and video surveillance, Vettel said the suspect is a white male about 5 feet 10 inches tall in his late 40s to early 50s with balding to shaved hair. He was wearing a light green jacket with a hood, dark blue sweatpants with a white stripe along the side and black tennis shoes.

He said police tried to track the suspect with a K-9 unit, but the dog didn’t find a good scent to track. Authorities also were in the process of getting statements from the two or three customers who were inside the store at the time.

Vettel said the store is located along busy 12th Avenue North, but the road has little traffic on a Sunday night and the suspect didn’t cause a loud disturbance that would have alerted people in the area.

The investigation was ongoing late Sunday, and he said police were following up on several leads from the witnesses and video footage.

“At this point, we continue to look for a suspect,” he said Sunday evening. “We’re very confident that we’ll be having some good news as a result of the investigation in the very near future.”

The Stop-N-Go location has been robbed before, in July 2009.


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