• Hammer-wielding man wanted in smash-and-grab pawn shop robbery


    SEATTLE - Police are hoping surveillance images will help identify a man wanted in a smash-and-grab robbery at a south Seattle pawn shop.

     Shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday, a man wearing a ski mask walked into the pawn shop in the 2800 block of Rainier Avenue South, pulled out a hammer and smashed his way into a glass jewelry case, according to Seattle police.

     Store employees yelled at the man, who grabbed jewelry, ran out of the store, and fled in a white Chevrolet sedan driven by a second man.

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     Anyone who recognizes the robber, described as a black man with a thin build, wearing a black North Face jacket and blue jeans, or know anything about this case, is asked to contact SPD’s robbery unit at 206-684-5535.

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