Vancouver police investigating armed robbery

Employee was locked in the bathroom

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian Breaking News Reporter and Patty Hastings, Columbian Social Services, Demographics, Faith



Vancouver police are searching for two men they say used firearms to rob a payday loan store near Clark College on Friday morning.

The alarm company notified police of the robbery at 8:55 a.m. and police arrived three minutes later.

An employee, who was locked in the bathroom, told 911 dispatchers that two black males, one carrying a shotgun and another carrying a pistol, robbed the business. The masked men entered the building from the roof and left before police arrived at the business, ACE Cash Express, 2800 E. Fourth Plain Blvd.

Police canvassed the area, but were unable to locate the suspects. The employee did not know whether the two men fled on foot or in a vehicle.