Police investigating series of North Sound armed robberies involving creative disguises

Police investigating series of North Sound armed robberies involving creative disguises

On Dec. 14, deputies were called to a robbery at the Trafton General Store in the 12100 block of SR 530 NE in Arlington just after 3 a.m. 

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. — The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office is working with officers in Everett and Arlington after five armed robberies occurred in the county within a week.

Surveillance photos show the suspect or suspects wearing creative disguises, including oversize vests, masks and an animal onesie.

The first happened at an Arlington 7-Eleven store on North West Avenue on Dec. 13. Shortly before 2:30 a.m., a man armed with a silver semi-automatic handgun entered the store and stole cash.  He was described as being in his 40s, about 6-feet-1-inch tall with a thin build.

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Three hours later at 5:30 a.m., also on Dec. 13, a man robbed a 7-Eleven on Broadway Avenue in Everett. A man displayed a revolver and demanded money. He was described as white, about 6 feet tall, wearing gloves and had his face covered.

The next day on Dec. 14, deputies were called to a robbery at the Trafton General Store in the 12100 block of SR 530 NE in Arlington just after 3 a.m.  A man entered the store, brandished a gun and pepper spray at the clerk and demanded cash. He was wearing a pajama-type animal “onesie,” black hooded sweatshirt, camouflage ski mask and black gloves.

On Dec. 16, the same 7-Eleven store in Arlington that was robbed on Dec. 13 was hit again just after 3:30 a.m. A man described as being in his 40s, about 6-feet-1-inch tall with a thin build entered the store, brandished a shotgun and left with cash.

The final robbery happened in Everett on the morning of Dec. 18 at a Pizza Hut on Evergreen Way at about 10:15 a.m. A man displayed a handgun to an employee and demanded cash. The man’s description was similar to the previous Everett robbery on Dec. 13.

Police are investigating whether the suspect in the robberies could be the same person.

In each case, the robber fled in a vehicle that was waiting nearby.

In the Arlington robberies, detectives said they believe the man’s oversize vest has a pillow underneath in an attempt to disguise his appearance.

Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office anonymous tip line at 425-388-3845.

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