Police seek Bothell fruit stand robbers
The robbery happened about 8:40 p.m. at the Yakima Fruit Market, 17321 Highway 522, just west of Blyth Park.
The bandits wore dark clothing and ski masks. They entered the store after closing and forced the manager to open the safe at gunpoint, Bothell police detective Sgt. Elmer Brown said.
The robbers then tied the manager's hands behind his back, pushed him to the floor and ran off with the cash, Brown said.
The manager was not injured.
Some of the robbery was caught on surveillance tape. Police on Wednesday released part of the tape to generate tips.
An undisclosed part of the tape showed one man holding what appeared to be a black semi-automatic handgun, Brown said.
The suspects are described as two white men in their 20s. The one with the gun was about 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds. He wore a ski mask, a black or navy Fila-brand wind jacket and jeans.
The second suspect was about 5-foot-8 and 160 pounds. He wore a ski mask, a black hoodie-style sweatshirt and jeans.
No other similar robberies have been reported recently in the area, Brown said.
"We haven't tied it to any other robbery that we're investigating or that we know about," he said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Bothell police at 425-487-5551.
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