Police respond to two reported armed robberies Tuesday

By John Branton, Columbian Staff Reporter

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Updated: July 26, 2011, 9:45 PM

 

Police were dealing Tuesday evening with two reported armed robberies, one in the Shumway neighborhood and another in the outer Burton area.

Officers responded to the 3700 block of Main Street at 8:07 p.m., after someone told 911 dispatchers that two men took his medical marijuana at gunpoint.

The caller said the robbers fled on foot through an alley.

Officers brought a tracking dog to the scene and searched the area, but found no suspects, a 911 dispatcher said.

At 8:43 p.m., roughly a half hour later, another caller told 911 dispatchers he’d been robbed at knifepoint near a Chevron station in the 13700 block of Northeast 28th Street. He said three people took his skateboard and a music player.

Officers arrived quickly and were told the alleged robbers had gone into a house close to the Chevron, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian.

Seconds later, an officer yelled, “Come out!”

An officer radioed a heads-up that the person who owns the house isn’t “officer friendly” and had surveillance cameras.

Police said people in the house had gone into the backyard, and that they had the house surrounded.

At The Columbian’s press time, officers were still on the scene and hadn’t reported any arrests.

John Branton: 360-735-4513 or john.branton@columbian.com.<I>