Armed robbery investigated in Burbank

Two men say they were robbed at gunpoint early Wednesday.

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BURBANK -- The Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office is investigating a robbery that occurred early Wednesday at a local convenience store.

The robbery was reported about 12:30 a.m. at the Sun Mart, 35 Apple Lane, at the intersection with Humorist Road.

According to reports, two men who had been standing outside the shop were approached by a man who demanded their wallets. The victims reported seeing the suspect armed with a small caliber, semiautomatic pistol with a silver barrel and dark grip, according to a news release.

The first victim told sheriff's deputies that the suspect placed the muzzle of the gun against his neck, and asked for his wallet. The man gave the suspect his wallet, which had an unknown amount of cash inside. The suspect then turned to the other man, put the gun against his chest, and also asked for his wallet. The man did not have his wallet, but emptied his pocket and left about $4 in cash and change on the ground, which the suspect took before leaving the area, according to a Walla Walla Sheriff's report.

The men went into the store and told the clerk what had happened, and the clerk called 911. The clerk had been unaware that a robbery had occurred outside the store until the men reported it, the report states.

The victims described the robber as a young man, possibly 14 to 17 years old, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, 130 pounds, clean shaven, of medium complexion, and with short hair about an inch long. He was reportedly wearing a dark blue hoodie with dark-colored, baggy jeans.

The men told deputies that the young man appeared nervous and shaky as the crime occurred.

The Sheriff's Office was reviewing the in-store video security system for any possible clues to identify the suspect. Earlier in the night, about 10 minutes before the Sun Mart robbery, a robbery involving two men in a pickup was reported in Pasco.

Sheriff's Capt. Bill White said two suspects in a truck approached a taxi driver who had stopped at a gas fueling station. One of the suspects got out of the vehicle and asked the taxi driver for cash. White said his agency was looking into whether the Pasco and Sun Mart robberies were connected.

No injuries were reported from the crime, and no other known witnesses have come forward. The Sheriff's Office asks anyone who may have information on the robbery to contact the department at 509-524-5400 or toll free at 866-527-3268.

Maria P. Gonzalez can be reached at mariagonzalez@wwub.com or 526-8317. Check out her blog at blogs.ublabs.org/schoolhousemissives.

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