• ‘It's nothing personal,' says man in pot paraphernalia robberies


    Police around Puget Sound are hoping the public can help identify a man wanted in a series of robberies at four marijuana paraphernalia shops.

     Investigators said the man’s crime spree began Nov. 21 at Mary Jane’s House of Glass in Federal Way.

     Police said the robber came into the store, browsed for a bit, picked out a pipe and asked a clerk to ring him up.

     As the robber was checking out, he drew a pistol on the clerk and said, “(It’s) nothing personal, but I’m going to need everything out of the register” before fleeing with cash and the pipe.

     The next day, the same man walked into another House of Glass shop in Tacoma, browsed for a time and again drew a gun on a clerk.

     Once more, the robber told the employee the holdup was “nothing personal.”

     On Nov. 26, the man robbed two Puffin Glass Studios shops in Renton and Seattle.  Again, the man pulled a gun on clerks, demanded cash and pot paraphernalia, and tried to assure employees the robberies weren’t personal.

     The man, who is seen on surveillance video, is white, in his 20s, 6 feet 3 inches tall with a slight build and short hair. He may have fled the scene of at least one of the robberies in a gray sedan.

     Seattle police are now working with detectives from Federal Way, Renton and Tacoma to identify and track the robber.

     Anyone with information about these cases or who recognizes the robber is asked to call the Seattle police robbery unit at 206-625-5011.

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