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Archie Ingersoll, Published January 07 2014

Armed men hit Fargo pawn shop in rare daylight robbery

FARGO – Two masked men robbed a Mister Money store here Tuesday morning, prompting police to investigate whether the holdup is linked to a similar one in West Fargo.

The men walked into the store at 3051 25th St. S. about 9:30 a.m., and one of them displayed a silver pistol, Fargo police Lt. Joel Vettel said.

At the time, two clerks and a customer were in the store that offers payday loans, cashes checks and serves as a pawn shop.

After getting an undisclosed amount of cash from the clerks, the robbers left and were last seen running north, Vettel said. No injuries were reported.

“What’s rare about this one, certainly, is the time of day that it occurred,” the lieutenant said. “We do not see many armed robberies in the middle of the day here in the city of Fargo.”

Officers were trying to track the suspects with a police dog, and they were reviewing surveillance videos, Vettel said.

The robbers were described as 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8 and black with dark complexions. They spoke with an undetermined foreign accent, and along with masks, they wore gloves and dark clothing.

Their descriptions are similar to two gunmen who robbed the Mister Money at 1613 E. Main Ave. in West Fargo the evening of Nov. 12.

In that case, the robbers wore dark clothing and had accents that suggested they were of East African descent. Both were about 5-foot-6 and had dark skin. One man had a silver pistol, authorities said.

“Certainly there are some strong similarities between these two incidences,” Vettel said. “We are not at the point where we can say that they’re connected.”

In the West Fargo robbery, the St. Paul office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has offered a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the conviction of the gunmen.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Archie Ingersoll at (701) 451-5734