Dollar store robbery caught on video

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
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PHOENIX -- Police are trying to find the man who pulled a gun on a dollar store employee and stole some money.

The robbery occurred on Sept. 12 at 1:35 p.m. at the Family Dollar store at 1717 W Southern Ave.

The man entered the store and stood at the beverage cooler near the front registers where he waited for the clerk to go behind the counter.

He then approached the cash register and pretended he was buying some items.

"It looked like he picked a time that there wasn't a lot of people in the store to do this so he was watching and waiting for his opportune time to move in and do this," said Sgt. Derek Elmore with the Phoenix Police Dept.

The suspect pulled a paper bag from his pocket, pushed a handgun and his left hand against the clerk’s chest while demanding money from the register.

"Very bold move to pull the gun out and shove it in someone's chest like that," said Sgt. Elmore.

The suspect got some money from the clerk and fled on foot. A dark blue or black SUV with gray trim along the running boards was seen leaving the area shortly after the robbery.

Nobody was injured.

The robber is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 30 years old, 5 feet seven inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, 175 to 190 pounds, clean shaven, wearing a black hat, black horn rimmed Ray Ban sunglasses and a black and white jersey with the word "Chicago" written in script.

Phoenix Police are asking anyone who may have information about the robbery to please call Silent Witness at 480-948-6377 (480-WITNESS) or toll free at 1-800-343-8477 (1-800-343-TIPS). Callers can remain anonymous.