Police investigate armed robbery at Fred Meyer

Posted: Tuesday, March 03, 2009

The Juneau Police Department is searching for a man who allegedly robbed a Fred Meyer employee in the store's parking lot late Sunday evening.

Police received a phone call at about 11:10 p.m. on Sunday from a 47-year-old woman reporting a light-skinned male in his late teens had robbed her while she was walking into the garden section of the store. The victim said the man produced a handgun after demanding she drop her purse and a deposit bag she was carrying.

After the victim dropped the bags containing money, the suspect allegedly grabbed them and fled on foot toward Glacier Highway. Police responded to the scene but the suspect could not be immediately located.

JPD spokesman Sgt. Dave Campbell said the suspect made off with an undisclosed amount of money, describing it as a "negligible" sum.

Campbell said it was probable the robbery was premeditated.

"But it's a pretty good little bit of conjecture," he said. "It happened right when the store was closing, right when the person was heading back into the store. It would probably be pretty safe to say it was premeditated."

The suspect was described as being about 5-foot 6-inches tall, roughly 130 pounds and he was last seen wearing a ski mask, gloves and a dark coat.

Campbell said robberies of businesses are "pretty rare" in Juneau, adding that he wasn't familiar of the exact statistics of how many occur.

"We get a spattering of them mixed in over the course of the year ... but I think if you look at the statistics we're fairly low from the national trend," he said.

Campbell said the department has investigators looking into some possible leads.

"If anyone out there has any information concerning what happened, they're welcome to call either the Juneau Police Department of Crime Line to report it," he said.

JPD can be reached at 586-0600 and Juneau Crime Line can be contacted by calling 586-4243.



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