Sketches released for robbery suspects
August 4, 2009
By Warren Kagarise
Authorities said the man who robbed Emerald City Sun Tanning Center July 28 could be connected to other tanning salon heists across King and Snohomish counties.
At about 9:40 p.m., Issaquah Police responded to a call from the salon, 1175 N.W. Gilman Blvd., where an employee said a man entered the business and pretended to be a customer. He then brandished a handgun and demanded cash. He ordered the employee to the back of the business, and then fled from the store.
Police said the suspect is a white man between 30 and 35, 6 feet tall, 180 pounds with a medium build and short, dark hair. He was dressed in a dark-colored baseball cap, black T-shirt and camouflage, knee-length shorts.
Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect.
Issaquah Police Patrol Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum said a thief targeting a tanning salon was unconventional.
“This is not your typical robbery crime,” he said.
Snohomish County detectives said the man could be responsible for as many as 17 tanning salon robberies across King and Snohomish counties.
Behrbaum said alerting law enforcement agencies to crimes in nearby cities is a standard procedure.
“Everyone has been communicating on this,” he said.He cautioned against connecting the Issaquah robbery to other robberies before further details are known. But he said some of the circumstantial evidence in the Issaquah and Snohomish robberies was similar.
Snohomish authorities believe the crime spree started July 18, when a man robbed a Mill Creek tanning salon. A tanning salon in the 17400 block of Highway 9 in unincorporated Snohomish County was robbed July 22.
During the July 22 heist, a man walked into the salon, robbed the employee at gunpoint and left with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Snohomish County detectives are investigating the case. Detectives are working with officials at other law enforcement agencies to catch the suspect.
Snohomish authorities described the suspect as a white man in his early 20s, 6 feet tall, 200 to 225 pounds with a small potbelly, short light brown hair that could have been bleached blond as a disguise, and blue eyes. Authorities said the man has a pale, round, pudgy face and acne.
Issaquah Police also released a sketch last week of the man who they said robbed the Lovers’ adult novelty store July 24.
The man robbed two employees at gunpoint at the store, 5614-C E. Lake Sammamish Parkway, at about 2:30 p.m. The employees gave him an undisclosed amount of cash from their till.
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