Investigators say two employees were inside the store at the Heritage Plaza Shopping Center on Olive Boulevard near Ross Avenue. That was in unincorporated West St. Louis County around nine Monday night. They were counting money and closing down the store, thinking all the customers had gone home. But, police Sergeant Arron Roediger said there was one man still inside who had no intention of making a last-minute purchase.
"A white male apparently hid in the store. And after they closed, he was armed with a knife, tied up the employees, and was last seen or left on foot in the area with an undisclosed amount of money,” he explained.
Communications officer Randy Vaughn stated, in an email, that the suspect used rope to tie the victims together. But, the employees survived and were not hurt.
Canine officers were at the scene, trying to pick up the suspect’s scent and look for any other clues.
The suspect is still at large. St. Louis County Police say the suspect is six-foot tall and weighs about 200 pounds. He was wearing a black hoodie, khaki pants, and a sheer black stocking cap over his face. He may have also been purple latex gloves.
If you know anything about this case, please call Crimestoppers at (866) 371-TIPS (8477). You can also leave a tip online at http://stlrcs.org. You can remain anonymous.
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