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Sarah Smith, Forum News Service, Published October 17 2013

Robber of Park Rapids store remains at large

PARK RAPIDS, Minn. - A man who robbed the Holiday Station Store in Park Rapids early Thursday remained at large Thursday afternoon.

Hubbard County and Park Rapids authorities were are searching for a suspect, described as about 5 feet tall and speaking with what they think was an Asian accent.

The robber brandished a pump-action sawed-off shotgun at the clerk and demanded money about 4:45 a.m.

Police Chief Terry Eilers said the clerk was so shook up that earlier he gave an incorrect description, suggesting the robber was only 4 feet tall.

The suspect fled on foot wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt with a Michael Jordan logo, dark gloves and white tennis shoes. It is believed the culprit headed north on County Road 1. He was carrying the black plastic cash register drawer. Only $201 was taken, the Eilers said.

The public is asked not to approach the person, but to call 911 instead. The clerk was not injured in the holdup.

Hubbard County’s police dog, Oakley, and his handler, Sgt. Dan Kruchowski, were on the scene trying to pick up a scent, but light rain hampered the search.

The store manager, when viewing the video, told police that the man, believed to be 20 to 30 years old, may have been a regular morning customer who allegedly pilfered coins from a change jar.

A statewide bulletin was issued at 7 a.m.

Seventy-one minutes of surveillance tape has been turned over to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and may be released by Friday.