WENATCHEE — Police suspect that a man who failed to rob an Eastside convenience store early this morning drove to a Wenatchee convenience store a few minutes later and made off with cash.
The successful robbery occurred at Circle K, 1405 N. Wenatchee Ave. That robbery was reported at 12:39 a.m.
Police suspect the Wenatchee robber was the same man who walked into the Food and Fuel store at 96 Grant Road about 20 minutes earlier, said Dan Reierson, assistant East Wenatchee police chief.
There, a clerk who was robbed early on the morning of Oct. 25 recognized the suspect when the suspect was in the parking lot and was headed into the store, Reierson said. The clerk hid in the store and, when the suspect entered, the suspect walked around the store for about a minute and, not finding the clerk, left.
The clerk, who called 911 at 12:18 a.m. while in hiding, did the right thing, Reierson said.
“He got himself out of harm’s way and the suspect really had no access to the money and he left,” Reierson said.
The assistant chief said officers think the suspect from early this morning is the same man who robbed the same convenience store of an undisclosed amount of money Oct. 25.
In that robbery, a white male approached the male clerk with a hand tucked in a pocket, which led the clerk to think the man was armed, officers said. The suspect demanded money and the clerk opened the register and gave cash to the robber. Witnesses said that man got into a dark pickup, possibly a model from the 1980s, and headed south on Rock Island Road.
In the Wenatchee robbery early this morning, a man walked into the convenience store and demanded money from the male clerk, who handed over money from the till,” said Sgt. Jim West with the Wenatchee Police Department.
“He had his hand in his pocket, indicating the possibility that he had a weapon,” West said. No weapon was seen. The suspect then left on foot.
Descriptions of the suspect from this morning’s events were not available.