Police Seek Clues In Convenience Store Robbery

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Police are looking for the man who hog-tied a clerk at the Whiting gas station and made off with an undisclosed amount of money Sunday night.

It was the clerk's third day on the job, Sgt. Tom Tieman said.

"She was working in the store, closing up, cleaning and stocking shelves," Tieman said. "As she was stocking the refrigerator area, an individual had entered the store."

The employee left the door unlocked because the assistant manager was coming back to help the new employee, Tieman said.

"The individual entered the front door came towards the refrigerator area and basically pushed the employee down and started to choke her with some kind of object," Tieman said. "Then the person moved to the front of the employee and tied her hands and feet with the same object."

Tieman said he cannot disclose some of the details of the incident due to the ongoing investigation. The suspect allegedly left the employee in the refrigerator and made off with cash police believe was stored in the office.

The assistant manager returned, and found the employee tied up.

According to Tieman, the assistant manager untied the clerk and the two went out the front door. Just then, a friend of the two employees happened to pull in the parking lot, found out what happened, and went to the sheriff's office to report the robbery. The sheriff's office then called the police.

"She couldn't give a real good description of the subject," Tieman said. "She said he was 5'6" to 5'9" in height, unknown weight, dark complexion, dark clothes with a dark baseball cap, Levis and dark work boots.

"We'd appreciate any help the public could give us," Tieman said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt. Tieman at (928) 474-5177.

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