A series of armed robberies has been occurring in western Washington, with four separate incidents reported at 7-Eleven stores in King County last week.
LACEY, Washington– Two 7-Eleven stores in Lacey, Washington were victims of armed robberies during the early hours of Tuesday.
The police are actively searching for the suspects involved in these incidents.
According to the authorities, the first robbery took place at a 7-Eleven store located at 6125 Pacific Ave SE after 12:30 a.m.
Surveillance footage revealed three masked individuals, one of whom was armed with a firearm, entering the store.
The store clerk retreated to the back room, and the suspects left the premises without taking anything.
In addition to the attempted robbery at the 7-Eleven store on Pacific Ave SE, another incident occurred about an hour earlier at a different location.
At around 11:30 p.m., two men entered a 7-Eleven store situated at 2425 Marvin Rd NE, approximately 3 miles away from the first store.
The suspects fled from this store without carrying out the robbery.
At the moment, investigators have not established a connection between the two armed robbery attempts.
These incidents contribute to an ongoing trend of armed robberies across western Washington.
Just on May 30, four different 7-Eleven stores in King County were targeted in robberies.
Customers and community members are expressing their concerns about these actions, condemning the perpetrators and emphasizing the need for their arrest and imprisonment.
The trend of armed robberies in western Washington, particularly targeting 7-Eleven stores, continues to be a concern.
On May 30, four different 7-Eleven stores in King County were robbed.
Additionally, in April, KING 5 confirmed a total of twelve overnight robberies in King County within a one-week period.
Convenience store owners have proposed a solution of stationing officers near convenience store parking lots to deter criminal activity.
However, the King County Sheriff’s Office faces challenges in increasing business checks due to the large number of 24-hour store locations and limited staffing.
The prevalence of these robberies has created fear among customers, deterring them from visiting convenience stores, especially at night.
Chander Shekher, president of the 7-Eleven Franchisee Owners’ Association of the Northwest, highlighted the need to address criminal activities like robberies to ensure the safety and confidence of customers.
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